Birthday Cake Pancakes


Oh my, I need a weekend to relax and catch up from my weekend!  My son opted to have a family day instead of a party for his birthday this weekend.  So we went to Chuck E Cheese to play a few arcade games, then headed to play mini golf, more arcade games, and go-karts.  We ended the day with a movie night.  Sunday we went to Ikea and then had a double header for flag football.  To celebrate another great effort, the coach took the boys out for ice cream after the game.  It was great for them to hang out together and not have to practice or focus on football.

To celebrate my sons birthday, I made him pancakes for breakfast.  But not just any pancakes, birthday cake pancakes!  These are all over the internet, but I just had to share them.  They have a little bit of boxed cake mix in them, so they really do taste like cake.  Is there anything better for breakfast on your birthday? Plus they are loaded with sprinkles :)

I think these may become a tradition in our house, I am kind of upset I have waited this long to try them.  Good thing I have some in my freezer, so we can enjoy them during the week, and pretend it is a special day!

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What better way to celebrate a birthday? Pancakes that taste like birthday cake for breakfast!

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • Pancakes
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 Tbls sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 Tbls sprinkles
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbls milk


  1. Whisk together flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt . Add 1 cup of milk, egg and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Add more milk as necessary to get to a regular pancake consistency. Fold in sprinkles.
  2. To prepare the glaze mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Start with 1/2 Tbls milk, and add more to get to a smooth thin consistency.
  3. Heat large non stick skillet over medium heat, or preheat griddle. Pour 1/4 of batter onto heated surface and cook until bubbles start to form on the top (2-3 minutes). Flip and cook for another minute. Top with glaze and additional sprinkles.


Adapted from How Sweet It Is




  1. What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

  2. I’ve never seen a more cheerful birthday breakfast!! And happy birthday to your little dude!

  3. Perfect way to start a birthday – or any day for that matter. :) My bday is next month, maybe I should request a big plate of these for my birthday breakfast! They look delicious Erin!

  4. Those look perfect for birthday celebration! Great recipe!

  5. Cute

  6. What a fun birthday treat these are…adorable!

  7. I love cake batter pancakes! These are definitely a great birthday treat. :)

  8. Best way to start a birthday!

  9. Perfect for the birthday breakfast, hope you recover from your busy weekend!

  10. I love when they opt for family day instead of the big party – so much easier for everyone, plus extra QT with the birthday boy! Now who wouldn’t love this for birthday breakfast?

  11. These are so perfect. I’m on board with anything full of sprinkles. Especially pancakes!

  12. I just found your site from another blog. Just wanted to let you know that I subscribed to your feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be.

  13. Too much fun, I love anything that is funfetti!

  14. Your pancakes look soft, fluffy, colourful and fun 😀
    What else do you need to say birthday cake :)
    Another exceptional post my friend!

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. What a perfect way to start the big Day!!!
    Wishing your son a very Happy Birthday!!!

  16. What a great idea for a birthday breakfast, I bet your son loved them!

  17. I want to wake up to these on my birthday!!! They look awesome! Happy belated birthday to your son. :)

  18. Um, why have I not thought of this before! They look so delicious, I’m sure your son had a very happy birthday!

  19. Can I come over for breakfast? All I’ve been eating is oatmeal!

  20. I’ve never heard of birthday cake pancakes-these look amazing! They look great for any special occadion — I wonder if Tuesday counts as a “special” day? Lol….

  21. What a good way to start your son’s birthday! He should have been happy seeing all those sprinkles.

  22. Sprinkles make everything better. True story :)

  23. These make eating cake for breakfast totally acceptable! YUM!

  24. to-die-for! this is for when i feel like having a birthday cake without having to bake a whole one!

  25. What a thoughtful and cute idea for your son! Starting out his big day with a treat like this is just adorable!

  26. These look so delicious and perfect for a relaxing weekend!

  27. I love birthday pancakes!! They are so cute and a perfect way to start any birthday. I love that your son picked a family day instead of a party. That means you got to enjoy it as well. Children’s birthday are always a bit overwhelming for me. I think I’ll whisper in my kid’s ears about doing a family day instead of a party too for their birthdays… that would make me “happy” too. :)

  28. omg this is an awesome idea for a birthday breakfast in bed!!

  29. Happy Birthday to your Son! Even though I am an adult – I would LOVE these. What a fun Mom you are and I bet he really enjoyed these and will remember for the rest of his life. Have a great week!

  30. Oh wow! I need to try this like, tomorrow morning =D

  31. How cute! I love that your son wanted to have a family day rather than a party. And I don’t blame him with a mom that makes these pancakes for a birthday breakfast! My daughter’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks, so I am totally going to keep these for a birthday breakfast for her!

  32. Awesome idea! I did a birthday brunch featuring berries and bacon (my sons favorites) but these pancakes surely would have been the perfect addition! They’re a little delightful celebration on a plate! I love it!

  33. I have never seen this birthday cake pancake before, so thanks for sharing! This is a perfect way to celebrate b-day morning!

  34. Adorable idea! :) I’d love a slice… or a pancake 😉

  35. Oh this stack really does look like a birthday cake! Such a great idea!

  36. perfect! how fun!


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