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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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