Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cake Batter Pancakes

I'm pretty sure my sweet tooth took over this past weekend in a mean way. First there were the Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, which apparently were not enough. I've been seeing cake batter this, that, and the other everywhere it seems. Fantastic news, just typically not for dinner. Until I ran across these pancakes on How Sweet It is. I vote if it can be eaten for breakfast, it can be eaten for dinner.

Well, maybe except these. Which might qualify more as dessert than anything else. Nah. There's such a thing as glazed doughnuts with sprinkles. I rest my case.

Cake Batter Pancakes

Adapted from: How Sweet It Is

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon sprinkles

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add 1 cup milk, egg and vanilla extract and whisk until all ingredients are hydrated and the batter is smooth. If the batter is too thick add the remaining 1/2 cup milk, a little at a time until the consistency desired is achieved (should look like regular pancake batter). Gently fold sprinkles into batter.

Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, pour 1/4 cup batter onto skillet (can make 2-3 pancakes at a time). Let cook until the top of the pancake starts to bubble, about 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for another minute or two.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and half of the 1/4 cup milk. Slowly add more milk until a nice pour-able consistency is reached. Serve pancakes drizzled with vanilla glaze.

Makes: about 12 pancakes

The whole time I was eating these, I couldn't help but think how absolutely perfect they would be for a morning birthday party for little kids, or a pajama sleepover type party. This is one of those dishes that makes you happy to be an adult, feeding yourself, making yourself a super sweet breakfast for dinner because.you.can. I'm pretty sure my mom is shaking her head, yet not the least bit surprised that I would eat this -- for dinner.

While these were delicious, I probably wouldn't try eating them for dinner again, and maybe only for a very special occasion have them for breakfast. Although I think part of it is due to knowing there is cake batter in it and I probably "shouldn't" be eating them... wanting to is a whole other story.

Nutrition Facts - per pancake
Amount per serving
Calories 184Calories from fat 27
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.0g5%
Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 159mg7%
Total Carbs 34.7g12%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g2%
Sugars 18.3g
Protein 4.3g
Vitamin A 2%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%Iron 6%


  1. This cake batter insanity has got to stop - right after I make these pancakes. And yes, I could totally eat these for dinner.

  2. Wanties! I have such a pancake weakness and then you go and toss cake batter into the mix...evil...just evil. ;)

  3. Oh that is the cutest thing ever! I can't wait to make these for my son, I think I just got the perfect birthday breakfast idea for him! Thanks!

  4. Oh my goodness gracious - is this even legal?!? ;-) Love it!

  5. Oh wow these pancakes look amazing! What a great idea to use cake batter. My mouth is watering!

  6. Ive been dying to try these!! They look great.

  7. Oh these are unreal! And so appropriate for dinner.

  8. I saw these on Jessica's blog and was drooling. Now I'm drooling again. Yours look AMAZING! I love cake batter but in pancake form sounds (and looks!) incredible. :)

  9. I made these pancakes from Jessica's blog as well and absolutely loved them! They look equally impressive here :)

  10. These pancakes look delightful! I love a slice of cake for breakfast, so why not throw it into a pancake?! Love it. :)

  11. Wow! I love creative pancakes and I love cake! These may have to make an appearance in my kitchen very soon!


  12. I think these would be the perfect birthday breakfast for my daughter's upcoming 18th birthday. I know she will just adore them :o)

  13. Are you kidding me?! These looks AWESOME! Can't wait to try them