Birthday Cake Pancakes

Start celebrating your birthday first thing in the morning by devouring a stack of these Birthday Cake Pancakes.  Pancakes created using a cake mix and studded with sprinkles are drizzled with a vanilla sugar glaze and topped with even more sprinkles to create a super special start to your day.

Birthday Cake Pancakes | Melanie Makes    

These pancakes are something special.  They are deemed Birthday Cake Pancakes as the only time they are served in our house are for your birthday breakfast.  We started this tradition three years ago when our oldest child turned three and have continued since.  That means that between March 7th and May 31st, I make these pancakes four times.  That’s a whole lot of pancakes!

Birthday Cake Pancakes | Melanie Makes

First, the pancakes.  Deemed Birthday Cake Pancakes because they actually contain boxed cake mix in the batter.  They also are studded with sprinkles.  Lots and lots and LOTS of sprinkles.  Like an entire bottle of sprinkles when I triple the batch.  And trust me, you’ll want to at least double this recipe as having a stash of these pancakes in your freezer to enjoy on a whim is indeed something worth celebrating!

Birthday Cake Pancakes | Melanie Makes

Next up?  The Vanilla Sugar Glaze.  Boring ‘ol maple syrup just won’t do when you’re celebrating a birthday!  Instead, this glaze is pretty much a pourable frosting.  How can you go wrong?

Last but not least, MORE sprinkles!  I mean, why not more sprinkles?  We’re celebrating a birthday, anything’s fair game at this point.

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Birthday Cake Pancakes
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Serves: 10 pancakes
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • ⅔ cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1-2 cups milk
  • sprinkles
Vanilla Sugar Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • sprinkles
  1. Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Add milk, egg and vanilla and stir until smooth. your batter should resemble typical pancake batter. Begin with 1 cup of milk and add additional milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Scrape inside of vanilla bean into batter and stir to combine. Fold desired amount of sprinkles into batter.
  2. Pour batter onto griddle, using approximately ⅓ cup batter for each pancake. Once bubbles form on top of pancake, flip and cook until browned. Serve with vanilla sugar glaze and additional sprinkles.
Vanilla Sugar Glaze
  1. Stir together sugar, milk vanilla and vanilla until glaze forms. Scrape inside of vanilla bean into glaze and stir to combine.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is.

Birthday Cake Pancakes | Melanie Makes

Birthday Cake Pancakes to start the day and the actual birthday cake itself after dinner.  The perfect way to bookend a celebration, wouldn’t you agree?  


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Birthday Cake Pancakes | Melanie Makes


  1. Wow, those look amazing!!

  2. These pancakes are crazy pretty and crazy special and omgeeeee that glaze!

  3. I made something similar for my birthday this year but they didnt turn out nearly as pretty! This time i’ll be trying your recipe!!

  4. These are gorgeous, Melanie! I pretty much want to pour that glaze into my mouth, lol! 😉

  5. It’s not my birthday but I’ve been a good girl, so why not?! 😉

  6. These pancakes look SO good! My birthday is coming up in April – I need these for my birthday breakfast!!

  7. OMG Yum!! My birthday is Wednesday so I might be emailing this link to my hubby as a subtle hint.. 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love, love, love these F-U-N pancakes!!! I am absolutely making them for my kids! They will love them!! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  9. Oh wow, my kiddos would love these! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  10. I absolutely LOVE these pancakes!! And that picture of the syrup pouring on them…..gorgeous, Melanie! Thanks so much for bringing your delicious recipes to Saturday Night Fever!!

  11. I made a version of these this morning for my 3 year old son’s birthday!! SO FUN!

  12. My birthday is in your timeline of bday cake pancake-a-thons so I expect a batch too! <3 These look fantastic!

  13. Now this is a tradition I need to start for my kid’s birthdays!

  14. I love all the sprinkles! We do birthday pancakes too and it starts the special day off on the right foot. I love that glaze, it looks delicious!

  15. Holy moly! These pancakes are amazing! What a great idea. I have to make these for my hubby and son’s birthdays. I’ll be the best woman ever!

  16. My daughter’s 13th birthday is in 2 weeks, she will be having a sleep-over I think this is the perfect breakfast to serve a bunch of teen girls, they will love it!

  17. there is NO better way to start the day – bring on the funfetti!!

  18. What a great idea to do birthday pancakes! These look delicious!

  19. Oh wow – my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, maybe I should convince my family to make me these! They look amazing!

  20. I have been making so many different kinds of pancakes the past month because my daughter has been requesting them every morning. This is one kind I have wanted to try but have not go around to!

  21. I bet these taste amazing! What a fun tradition!

  22. From now on I celebrate my birthday every day! And OMG, dat glaze. AMAZING!

  23. Dear Melanie, Your pancakes are so pretty…these would be a fun way to start any morning! Pinning. xo, Catherine

  24. Can I come celebrate my birthday at your house?! It’s in the fall so I we can get our fill of cake batter pancakes another time of the year!

    • But of course, Meg! We don’t have any Fall birthdays so it would be the perfect excuse for more pancakes!

  25. MY birthday is coming up next week, I think I may need to make a batch of these for myself, ha!!

  26. I would like to start any day off with these!

  27. How funny that you have so many birthdays crammed into a couple months! These birthday pancakes look like such a fun way to celebrate :)

  28. These look like the perfect birthday breakfast! Delicious!

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