I’m fairly convinced that the world would be a better place if more sprinkles were involved.

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I know. I just made pancakes. It seems I have an unnatural obsession with cake batter. Well I do.
But hear me out.

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When I develop recipes, I try to make all of them for a purpose. We really hate to waste food in this house. Crab cakes for dinner, cake for a birthday party, quinoa as a side dish… it all works out. I get to share it with you and we get to eat it.
Then sometimes, I get ideas in my head. Ideas that get me so worked up that I must attempt the recipe and give it a shot as soon as possible, even if it isn’t something we will eat every day. Otherwise, I cannot stop thinking about it. These are the things that keep me up at night.

Case in point: it isn’t anyone’s birthday. It’s not even really close to anyone’s birthday.

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But I don’t need an excuse to eat cake and sprinkles. I believe it should be a daily occurrence.

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And because pancakes always need some sort of topping, I went with a sprinkled glaze.

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Because nothing goes better with cake than more sugar!

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These are just plain fun.

Sure, they would be best for a special occasion like a birthday, but they also work on a random Saturday in January when it’s -2 degrees outside and all you want to see is some sunshine.
And you don’t feel like getting on the treadmill, so you decided to eat cake instead.

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That wasn’t me. I swear.

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And yes, this means you will have an open box of cake mix, just like you did with the cake batter bark. This is okay. You will manage. Sure, you may find yourself mixing cake mix with odd ingredients, but so what? Mother Lovett always had an open box of cake mix in her pantry. Given hers were usually about 4 years old… but still.
Just do it.

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Cake Batter Pancakes

makes about 12 pancakes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup yellow cake mix

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 cups milk (I used vanilla almond milk)

assorted sprinkles

Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Add 1 cup of milk, egg and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. You want the batter to look like regular pancake batter; not too thin, not too thick. This will vary greatly on the brand of cake mix you use. Start with 1 cup of milk and add more if needed. I suggest a small taste test as well to see if the pancakes are flavored enough.

Preheat a skillet on medium heat (I use an electric grilled and turn it to 250 degrees). Fold desired amount of sprinkles into batter. Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with vanilla glaze.

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

assorted sprinkles

Mix milk, extract and powdered sugar until glaze forms. You may need to add a little more sugar or water/milk to reach desired consistency. Mix into glaze and drizzle on pancakes.
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Maybe the secret to choking down broccoli is throwing sprinkles on top?

Wishful thinking…

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638 Responses to “Cake Batter Pancakes.”

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    Beth — April 23, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    How long can they be kept for? ?


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    Maegan — May 23, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    I’m not suggesting I have ever done something like this: dry mix in vanilla ice cream. Your ice cream needs to be a little melty to stir & mix…


    • Domino — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

      Hahahah… ^^^


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    Natalie — June 26, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I googled cake batter pancakes and I should have known, my favorite food blog would pop up! I am SO excited to make these for a birthday surprise for my boyfriend! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!!


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    orange juice — January 3, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    This is surprisingly horrible. I made them just now and they are not good at all. So sad. They looked and sounded so good.


    • YouUsedOrangeJuice — July 21st, 2015 @ 1:45 pm

      That’s because you used orange juice instead of milk, you donkey!


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    Martha A Cheves — February 11, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

    Such a cute idea!


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    everythingofcooking — February 25, 2014 @ 5:49 am

    Nice idea! Full of joy pancakes!


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    Alicia — April 15, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    Hi! I have used your recipe to make sprinkle pancakes for breakfast the morning of my daughter’s birthday the last two years (she’s now three) and we all LOVE the recipe.

    I included it in a round-up of birthday tradition ideas here.

    Thank you so, so much for sharing the recipe!


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    Peggy — June 25, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    What can I do if I don’t have any eggs? I’d love to make these today but don’t really want to have to make a trip to the store first, any ideas?


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    Eileen B — September 20, 2015 @ 12:15 pm

    Did I do something wrong? Cause I tried these and got 15 silver dollar pancakes with a half recipe and they tasted like sweet paste. They had no flavor to the point that if I added butter to my pan it covered up any flavor the pancakes had. These are a good idea but bad execution.


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