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Birthday Cake Pancakes

I try to make special foods for my kids, especially on their birthdays. To transform plain ol' pancake mix, I add cake mix and sprinkles. Frosting closes the deal. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 cup yellow or white cake mix
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon 2% milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 3/4 cup vanilla frosting
  • Additional sprinkles


  • Whisk pancake mix and cake mix. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, 1-1/2 cups milk and vanilla until blended. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes. Fold in 1/4 cup sprinkles.
  • On a lightly greased griddle over medium heat, pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls to create 6 large pancakes. Cook until bubbles on top begin to pop; turn. Cook until golden brown. Repeat, using smaller amounts of batter to create pancakes of different sizes.
  • Microwave frosting and remaining milk, covered, on high until melted, 10-15 seconds. On each of the large pancakes, layer smaller pancakes in order of decreasing size with the smallest on top; drizzle with frosting. Top with additional sprinkles.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pancakes between layers of waxed paper in a freezer container. To use, place pancakes on an ungreased baking sheet, cover with foil and reheat in a preheated 375° oven 5-10 minutes. Or place a stack of pancakes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high until heated through, 30-90 seconds.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Aunt Jemima pancake mix.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 396 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
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  • Bryannacooks
    Apr 28, 2016

    These were ok, not the most tender pancakes in the world. The recipe also didn't yield as much as stated, nowhere close. But they are good and perfect for children. I think next time I'll use a homemade pancake mix instead of a store bought one. The longer you let the batter rest the fluffier!

  • dig1
    Oct 13, 2015

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  • aug2295
    May 23, 2015

    This was fun to make and so good! My kids were crazy for the sprinkles. The recipe made a lot, too, so I did use the freezer tip - they reheated really well.