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

4.62 from 88 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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6 months ago

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

1 month 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.