Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes with Buttercream Glaze Recipe Video

What a way to make someone feel special by starting the day with cake batter pancakes!! I made these homemade pancakes to celebrate the arrival of my new nephew but they would be great on any kind of morning! The yellow cake mix really makes these pancakes fluffy with a nice sweetness and the buttercream glaze pairs up so well!! It's like eating a not-to-sweet slice of birthday cake!


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In35 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
VegetarianMain Ingredient
Interest Group, Healthy


For pancakes
 All purpose flour1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
 Yellow cake mix1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Baking powder1 Tablespoon
 Sugar1 Tablespoon
 Salt1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Egg2 Medium, lightly beaten
 Milk1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
 Multicolored candy sprinkles1 Teaspoon (to garnish)
 Butter1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), softened
For buttercream glaze
 Powdered sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Heavy cream2 Tablespoon
 Vanilla extract1⁄8 Teaspoon
 Melted butter2 Tablespoon
 Milk3 Tablespoon
 Sprinkles2 Teaspoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 672 Calories from Fat 250

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 28 g43.5%

Saturated Fat 16.2 g80.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 160.7 mg

Sodium 597.3 mg24.9%

Total Carbohydrates 93 g31%

Dietary Fiber 1.6 g6.5%

Sugars 49.5 g

Protein 12 g24.4%

Vitamin A 17.4% Vitamin C 0.08%

Calcium 42.9% Iron 16.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt.
2. Add in beaten eggs, milk, and butter.
3. Stir gently just until dry ingredients are well incorporated. Batter should be a little lumpy.
4. Let batter sit for 7-10 minutes.

5. Into the batter fold in sprinkles.
6. Heat buttered griddle to 375 degrees F.
7. Add batter to the griddle using a 1/4 cup to scoop out the batter.
8. When small bubbles start to break on the surface of the pancake, flip it.
9. Stack pancakes on a plate when done.
10. GLAZE: Make the glaze by combining all of the glaze ingredients.
11. Stir until it reaches a glaze consistency (add more milk if required for desired consistency).

12. In a serving plate, stack the pancakes, drizzle butter cream glaze over them and top with sprinkles.

Editors Review

Make this simple but delicious cake for friends and family in ten minutes. It’s a fun alternative to a difficult birthday cake too and can be completed in twenty minutes. The pancakes can be made at home and then assembled in ten minutes to make the perfect birthday cake.