Birthday Cake Pancakes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch


6 servings

Updated: May. 12, 2023
For my kids' birthdays, I like to make these cake mix pancakes. Frosting and more sprinkles seal the deal! —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Can you freeze Birthday Cake Pancakes?

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.

Birthday Cake Pancakes Tips

What's the best kind of cake mix to use for these birthday cake pancakes?

Any yellow or white cake mix will work for these pancakes. Check out the best cake mixes according to our Test Kitchen.

What's the trick to fluffy pancakes?

For fluffy pancakes, make sure to not over-mix the batter. Only stir until all the ingredients are moistened...a few lumps are okay.

What else can I do with cake mix?

You can do lots of things with cake mix. Use it to make cookies, quick bread and cinnamon rolls! Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 396 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.