Cake Batter Sprinkles Pancakes

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Cake mix, flour and sprinkles turn regular pancakes into Cake Batter Sprinkles Pancakes.  Pretty and festive, these pancakes are perfect for celebrating all of life’s special occasions, big, small and just because…….

Birthday Cake Batter Sprinkles Pancakes Recipe - ZagLeft

We celebrated a major birthday a couple of weeks ago.  My youngest daughter turned 13.  Yikes!  Already a teenager – I refuse to believe it.  It feels like just yesterday I was spending my days playing Barbies with her, taking long walks to the park, sharing picnic lunches, and bringing her to toddler ballet classes.  The years have flown by and although I want to slow down the clock and go back in time,  I am completely enjoying her company as a young lady.

The transition to the teen years always manages to sneak up on my husband and me.  The always pleasant and compliant child is replaced by a questioning and often moody “other person” we often hardly recognize.  Usually the first sign that it’s begun comes by way of a shift in attitude.  Are you familiar with the teenage “attitude”? You might have even seen it in your own children?  Or maybe not.

For our five children, it first shows itself in the form of a slight eye roll from time to time which is always met with an, “Excuse me, what was that?!?” from their dad and me.

I also notice, with my girls especially, the teenage years are very delicate years and sometimes the slightest issue can cause their confidence to stumble a bit.

On the flip side, I love watching my kids explore new hobbies and interests.  I love seeing their confidence boost when they excel at new things.  I love the more mature conversations we have and I treasure our heart-to-hearts.

Colleen Dance ZagLeft.jpg

A few months ago, our daughter Colleen told us that this might be her last year taking ballet lessons.  She loves to dance and has been dancing since preschool so this announcement blindsided me.  My husband and I have spent the last couple of months talking this through with her and although Colleen will miss her dance friends, her teachers and her classes, she wants to get more involved with theater and tennis.

Colleen is our practical child.  She knows she doesn’t want to dance professionally and she wants to try new things when the opportunities present themselves.  All of this I understand and support but I have to tell you, this announcement has really been hard on me.  Colleen is a beautiful dancer and I get emotional watching her perform.

In the end, however, it’s her life and I want her to be happy.  I want her to not have any regrets and I want her to learn to make her own decisions in life and live with those decisions.  She’s a smart kid.  She’s thinking ahead (not something I did when I was her age) and she wants to try new things.

I’m learning a lot from her.

Colleen Headshot

So this is a special birthday.  Lots of changing and growing…for all of us.

We have a family tradition for birthdays.  Each family member, on their birthday gets to choose what they’d like to eat for breakfast and dinner and what kind of cake they’d like me to make.  This year for breakfast, Colleen wanted only Cake Batter Sprinkles Pancakes.

Sprinkles make everything taste better, right?  Who can resist those pretty multi-colored specks of sugar. Certainly not my daughter and even at 13, she wanted lots of them.

Here’s all you do…

Mix together flour, yellow cake mix, sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt.

Cake Batter Sprinkle Pancakes - dry ingredients - ZagLeft

In another bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla extract and milk together and blend it with the dry ingredients…

Cake Batter Sprinkle Pancakes from ZagLeft - wet ingredients

Next, add the sprinkles.  I used 1/2 cup because sprinkles were very important…

Cake Batter Sprinkle Pancakes - ZagLeft

After you’ve prepared the batter, heat up a griddle or frying pan on a medium-low heat.  When the griddle’s heated, butter the surface and measure out 1/4 cup of the batter and pour it onto the griddle.  I love the size of these…they’re perfect!

When you begin to see little bubbles on the top, carefully flip the pancakes over and cook the other side for a minute or so.

When they’re finished, pile them high on a plate.  Have a look at all those pretty colorful sprinkles scattered throughout – aren’t they festive!

Cake Batter Sprinkle Pancakes from ZagLeft - a perfect birthday breakfast!

Top them with your favorite syrup or a glaze made with powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and of course, more sprinkles…


When you slice into these pancakes, you’ll notice lots of sprinkles throughout each pancake…

Cake Batter Sprinkle Pancakes from ZagLeft

Cake Batter Sprinkle Pancakes are a fun and festive breakfast.  Perfect for birthdays and un-birthdays too!

Cake Batter Sprinkles Pancakes

Cake mix, flour and sprinkles turn regular pancakes into Cake Batter Sprinkles Pancakes. Pretty and festive, these pancakes are perfect for celebrating all of life's special occasions, big, small and just because...
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream use more or less liquid depending on desired consistency
  • sprinkles


  • Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix together eggs, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until combined. Stir in more milk if needed for thinning.
  • Stir in the sprinkles.
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan on medium to medium-low heat. Add a tablespoon of butter to grease the surface.
  • Scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter onto griddle.
  • Cook until surface of pancakes have a few bubbles over the top, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  • Measure the sugar into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk and the vanilla. Stir until well blended. If desired, thin the glaze by adding additional tablespoons of milk.


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