Cake Batter Pancakes

I LOVE Pancakes. And, I love cake. SO, what better way to start any special day than with Cake Batter Pancakes?! 

Hello, sprinkles. You are a lovely sight first thing in the morning.

Yes, it tastes just like eating cake for breakfast.  A very fun tradition to celebrate special days. I also just reached “best mom ever” status.  Thank you sprinkles, you never let me down. 

Keep scrolling for the full recipe! And don't miss out on the other pancake recipes I have down at the bottom of this post. 

*Pro Tip* - Use an ice cream scoop to ensure perfectly even-sized pancakes every time! 

Cake Batter Pancakes

By Alexis
Cake Batter Pancakes. Perfect for any special occasion, and dessert for breakfast absolutely counts. 


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour⅔ cup yellow cake mix1 tablespoon sugar¾ teaspoon baking powder⅛ teaspoon salt2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1-2 cups milk varies depending on cake mix½ cup assorted sprinkles

For The Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • extra 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. Top with extra sprinkles.


  1. 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.
  2. This will vary greatly on the brand of cake mix you use. Start with 1 cup of milk and add more if needed.
  3. Preheat a skillet on medium heat (I use an electric grilled and turn it to 275 degrees). Fold desired amount of sprinkles into the batter.
  4. Pour batter in ¼ cup measurements onto the skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with vanilla glaze.


We like to eat ours hot with butter and powdered sugar (you can mix these into a delicious combo of melted goodness) but you can also serve it with the glaze if you want an extra special syrup. 
*Because at this point, we really need more sugar*
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Oatmeal Pancake Mix With Fried Apples

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  1. what did you do with the remaining cake batter mix? did you just toss it or do you have other ideas or recipes for what to do with it? going to make these for my 3 year olds birthday on Saturday. he's going to love it... Well and I'm sure I will too 🙂

  2. Can't wait to make these for my Husband's birthday in a couple of weeks. They look absolutely amazing!

  3. I just made this for my little sister for her birthday today! She LOVED it! 🙂 The rest of our family thought they were a great idea too! =) Thanks for posting this awesome recipe!

  4. Just found this on Pinterest -- anything that is "funfetti"-themed as far as desserts Kyle absolutely loves. So when I found this the first thing that came to mind is a great birthday breakfast for my hubby 😀 Thanks for sharing this recipe I'm looking forward to trying it in a couple of weeks!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear friend! I wish I was close by and could have made your breakfast cake this morning, but obviously, you did a magnificent job. I will have to remember this for my grands because I think kids should have as much fun as we do for our birthdays. Love, XOXO

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