Cake Mix Pancakes

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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

4.66 from 120 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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7 months ago

4 stars
I used funfetti cake mix and I tried it as pancakes but they would burn before cooking through all the way even at a low heat. Maybe I didn’t add enough flour, idk. So I pulled out my waffle maker and made them as waffles and they came out perfect and tasted amazing.

9 years ago

I wasn’t sure if flour was needed, bc at the top of the page, listed in a paragraph I’m assuming Lizzy wrote, it didn’t say to use flour. But at the bottom of the page when summarizing again, what would be needed to make the cake pancakes, it listed flour. So I’m not sure. lol : \ I’m assuming the flour is needed, and maybe they jus forgot to list it at the top of the page. Could someone please write me back and let me know. Better to be safe than sorry. 😀 Ty sooo much!

Paolo Mongon
3 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.

4 years ago

They tastes great but kept burning even on a lower heat

4 years ago

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

William D
6 years ago

These are a hit with my family. We have tried them with several different types of cake mix’s from butter recipe, chocolate, yellow, and from name brands to store brand. We use a 1/4 less milk unless chocolate mixes then you might take the extra 1/4 cup as they turn out a little thicker with less milk. One person mentioned theirs were like plastic or elastic – Don’t over beat them or they can. Make sure your griddle or pan is hot enough and not cook to slow. Make them rise quick, but not to hot to burn them. They… Read more »

Chef Brendan
2 months ago

5 stars
I made lemon blueberry with lemon cake mix and fresh blueberries 🤤🤤🤤 no syrup needed

1 year 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!

7 years ago

Not a huge fan of this recipe. The pancakes had more of plastic/elastic texture than I expected. They did taste like Red Velvet cake, but a bit less sweet.

9 years ago

Awll. Thank you so much Lizzy for replying. I actually forgot that I wrote a question on here. I just popped back on this site to go Ahead and finally try to make those pancakes now, when I was pleasantly surprised to see that you wrote me back the next day so soon. Lol 😀 Even though I hardly ever go on websites are ask any questions or leave comments, the few times I have, people don’t usually reply back, because By the time I end up finding their website, It’ll be like a year or at least months later… Read more »

10 years ago

PERFECT FOR THIS WEEKEND!!! Thanks for sharen this at One Sharendipity Place!

Sue @ the t2

4 months ago

Red velvet pancake frosting

1 year ago

Could you use malted pancake mix (not complete) instead of flour?

1 year 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.

1 year 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?