Cake Mix Pancakes

Cake for breakfast?! You bet! These quick, 5-ingredient cake mix pancakes are a festive and easy way to make pancakes. Choose any flavor cake mix you’d like!


Cake Mix Pancakes Recipe

You know how we love pancakes. Pancakes on a Saturday morning just make the day seem brighter.

Experiment pancakes on a weekday are the absolute best. And no, I don’t mean Protein Pancakes. Those are surprisingly good, but today we aren’t going for healthy. Not in the slightest bit. Experiment pancakes means my mom thought of a great pancake recipe to try and decided not to wait until Saturday for some reason. Which makes all of us kids shout for joy!

When you take your first bite of these Cake Mix Pancakes, cold or hot, buttered or syrup-ed, you will instantly think CAKE. And to me, cake for breakfast is a dream come true.

We have several versions of pancakes as you already know. Our Buckwheat Pancakes and Hearty Whole Grain Waffles are only the start of all the many breakfast ideas we have for you.

How to Make Pancakes from Cake Mix

These Cake Mix Pancakes are really simple. All you need is 1 dry cake mix of any flavor you’d like (we used red velvet), 2 ½ cups milk, ½ cup flour, ¼ cup of oil, and 2 eggs. It makes about 18 pancakes, depending on the size you make them. We make ours about 6 inches across. If you like yours smaller, go for it!

If you like your pancakes thick, you’ll want to start only with 2 cups of milk. The more milk you add from there, the thinner the batter gets, which results in thinner pancakes. If you choose to go thin, be careful flipping them. They are like cake and can tear easily. I personally like mine thick, but not too thick. I like a good solid pancake, not a floppy one. But however you make them, I guarantee, you’ll love them!

How pretty would these be for the morning of July 4th? Patriotic Pancakes!

Or Christmas pancakes….


Or Valentine’s Day pancakes…


At different times of the year, at the change of seasons and after holidays, we usually stock up on cake mixes that are super cheap.  This is a great way to use a spare cake mix that is sitting around.  And as we made them, I could just imagine all the different flavors of cake mixes that we could turn into pancakes.

Soft, thick and rich chocolate zucchini s’more muffins are filled with chocolate, marshmallows and buttery graham cracker streusel. The secret to their moist texture is zucchini!

stack of red velvet pancakes with blueberries
stack of red velvet pancakes with blueberries

Cake Mix Pancakes

4.68 from 34 votes
Cake for breakfast?! You bet! These quick, 5-ingredient cake mix pancakes are a festive and easy way to make pancakes. Choose any flavor cake mix you'd like!
Servings 18
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 dry boxed cake mix choose your favorite flavor!
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk*
  • 1/4 cup oil


  • In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, flour, eggs, milk and oil together until combined and smooth.
  • Heat a griddle to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray so the pancakes flip easily.
  • Scoop a ladle of batter onto the pan and cook until the top of the batter starts to bubble.
  • Flip the pancake and cook for another minute on the other side until cooked all the way through.
  • Continue until all of the batter is used.



*Use less milk if you'd like a thicker pancake. *The exact number of pancakes will depend on how much milk you use and how big you make the pancakes.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 125

stack of red velvet pancakes with red sprinkles

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Princess Staples
3 years ago

I love this recipe! How about waffles, would you reccomend this same recipe?

3 years ago

5 stars
Recipe is awesome they don’t need anything on them. We freeze for quick breakfast.

2 years ago

They tastes great but kept burning even on a lower heat

2 years ago

5 stars
Was looking for a simple, fun, no knives required idea for my after school group. This is excellent. Thank you. They will need to read and follow directions, measure, etc. Reward built right in. Love it!

Steena Vee
2 years ago

5 stars
Giving it 5stars since it seems everyone loved it… This is EXACTLY what I needed to make my husbands birthday morning special, so the family isn’t let down by him wanting to be alone all day!! PERFECT!! THANK YOU!!

AEC Heather
2 years ago

5 stars
I made this recipe in a pinch for our schools fundraiser. BUT I used Gluten Free cake mix… BRILLIANT! And I made it dairy free (almond milk) as well. Thank you so much! Our allergy free student was treated like a queen! Her pancakes were better than the rest!

Paolo Mongon
2 years ago

5 stars
I tried this recipe to basically use up a box of cake mix. They were a hit!

I substituted almond milk for regular milk and the pancakes still turned out perfect.

1 year ago

I have a question. We are allowed to use any flavor?

1 year ago

5 stars
These are very delicious and a nice take on pancakes. But they are really no easier to make than pancake batter from scratch. The selling point here is the flavor combo’s you get by just switching up the flavor of cake mix you use. Very clever and very delicious!!

Sofia Garica
1 year ago

5 stars
I did not know what oil to use for the pancakes so I used vegetable oil and it turn to be good. So I am going make this for Sunday’s breakfast.

Alandra Rachelle Love
1 year ago

5 stars
Yummmmm I made these with lemon cake mix this morning,, I’ll try You’re recipe Next time….adding the flour you recommended, thanks. They Are So Delicious!!!!

8 months ago

5 stars
Delicious! We used Arrowmills gf confetti cake mix + two beaten eggs + 1.5c of sweetened oatmilk + 1/4c olive oil + extra sprinkles + heaping 1/3c walmart beand gf ap flour mix. Cooked on medium 3 min, flip 1 min= best pancakes I have ever had! I think more than a recipe you are supposed to try verbatim, you provided a way of thinking about how to convert from cake mix to pancakes, and that’s most helpful if someone is already well versed in baking. Thank you for sharing! Keeping this one!

5 months ago

5 stars
My kids wanted confetti pancakes but I was out of sprinkles but I had confetti cake mix and came across this recipe. Pancakes came out warm and fluffy. I tried one right off the griddle for a taste test and it tasted like a warm cupcake. Will definitely repeat this recipe in the future

2 months ago

2 stars
I don’t know what I did wrong but they keep burning. I used Red Velvet, and mine didn’t come out like yours. I didn’t have milk, so I used evaporated milk and water combination. What went wrong?

1 month ago

4 stars
The original recipe calls for way too much milk. The batter was super runny and did not hold any form, so I add an other package of cake mix. This made the fluffy type you see in the picture. To be sure they didn’t burn, I turned my stove setting to the area about half way between medium and low. They turned out perfect this way, but you have to use a lot of care when flipping them because they fall apart easily.