Birthday Cupcake Pancakes: Festive funfetti pancakes with vanilla glaze, whipped cream, sprinkles and cherry on top. So easy to make with a combination of cake mix and pancake mix. The perfect breakfast for your favorite birthday boy or girl!
My daughter turned 14 this month and she wouldn't even let me make her a cake! Can you believe? Me! The mom that loves baking. Her mom! Sheesh! Let's just say I was a tad bit disappointed. Boo! But if I couldn't make the cake, I wanted to at least make breakfast for her birthday sleepover friends. So she let me make Birthday Pancakes as my baked contribution to her celebration.
I got the idea from a well known pancake restaurant that we went to recently (IHOP). Theirs were called cupcake pancakes. I thought they were so cute! And a festive way to serve breakfast at a birthday party! I never actually tried the IHOP pancakes but these Birthday Cupcake Pancakes came out great. They were super yummy!
Here she is... my fourteen year old. I can't believe it. She's growing up too fast!
For her party, she wanted to have pizza at Mellow Mushroom, then back to our house for cake (not made by me - more on that later) and a sleepover. The girls had a lot of fun.
I woke up early the next morning to "bake" the Birthday Pancakes. Well, not that early. You know how teenage girls like to sleep late, right? That worked out quite well. I had plenty of time to make breakfast.
How to make Birthday Cupcake Pancakes
This is just an overview, the full recipe is towards the bottom of this post.
- The batter for these Birthday Cupcake Pancakes is super simple. First you whisk together equal parts cake mix and pancake mix. Then add eggs, milk and of course, SPRINKLES! What would a birthday party be without sprinkles!
- Mix it all together until just combined. You don't want to over mix. Then set aside.
- Before you make the pancakes, you will want to whip up your vanilla glaze. Mix together about 2 cups of powdered sugar and enough cream to make a glaze you can pour over the pancakes. Then stir in your vanilla. Set aside.
- Pour batter onto a preheated, lightly greased griddle. (I used an electric griddle.) Measure about ⅓ cup for each pancake.
- Heat until little bubbles appear. Flip pancakes and cook 30-60 seconds more or until golden.
For some reason, I have a hard time making perfect pancakes. I don't know why. I can make an elaborate wedding cake but I have a hard time flipping pancakes. Go figure! Anyway, this was as perfect as I could get them. I was going for round pancakes that were all about the same size.
I found that I had to sort of spread the batter into a circle after pouring the batter onto the griddle. Of course, you don't have to make them perfect. I just thought it would look nicer in stacks if they were all of equal size.
How to serve Birthday Cupcake Pancakes
After the pancakes are done, drizzle them with some vanilla glaze. Then top with whipped topping (I used Cool Whip) and sprinkles. Don't forget the cherry!
The girls loved the pancakes and I did too. Such a fun breakfast. There wasn't ONE pancake left!
In case you were wondering, the reason she didn't want me to make her cake was because she wanted me to BUY her a Nothing Bundt cake. And I can't blame her. Their cakes are to die for! (Click here to try my Copycat Nothing Bundt Red Velvet Cake.)
She chose a Chocolate Chocolate Chip with their signature Cream Cheese Frosting. It was her idea to add the M&M's! It was so delish!
Happy Birthday to Savannah! xo
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Birthday Cupcake Pancakes
For the pancakes
- 1 cup pancake mix I used Krusteaz
- 1 cup yellow cake mix I used Pillsbury
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- 3-4 tablespoons sprinkles
For the vanilla glaze
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream or more if needed
- Whipped cream or Cool Whip
- Maraschino cherries if desired
For the vanilla glaze
- Prepare vanilla glaze first. Stir together the sugar, cream and vanilla in a medium bowl. It should be of pouring consistency. Add more cream if it's too thick. Cover bowl and set aside.
For the pancakes
- Whisk together the pancake mix and cake mix in a large bowl. Add eggs and milk. Stir until just combined. It might be a little lumpy. (You don't want to over mix it.) Fold in sprinkles.
- Pour ⅓ cup of batter onto a lightly greased, preheated griddle or nonstick frying pan. Swirl batter around to make it round, if needed. Repeat several more times until you have no more room on the griddle or frying pan. When you see little bubbles form, flip the pancakes (about a minute). Fry the other side of the pancakes for 30-60 seconds or until golden brown.
- Serve pancakes with vanilla glaze, whipped cream or Cool Whip and sprinkles. Add a cherry on top, if desired.
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Tried these. Were delicious, whole family enjoyed them. I used almond milk and non dairy heavy cream. For pancake batter I used Hungry Jack Fluffy batter. (-) The pancakes were a bit dry and they did not look like the final image...my goal was to mimick the Ihop pancakes. It didn't reach that but it was still delicious and fun and easy to make.
Kids loved them!!! I topped it with some store bought buttercream icing from Chef Emeril which looks like soft frosting, but melts thin. Also put whip cream, strawberry, and one candle for each kid to make a wish.
Lise Ode says
Sound super cute and yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer Avery says
can you make the glaze the night before?
Lise Ode says
Hi Jennifer: Yes, you can. Just make sure you keep it covered, then stir it up really well when you're ready to use it.
Michele W says
Can you use milk instead of heavy cream for the vanilla glaze? These are so cute!! My twin girls turn 16 tomorrow and I know they will love them!!