Funfetti Pancakes

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These Funfetti Pancakes will make a birthday shine or give an ordinary day a special start. A cake mix gives it that well-loved cake batter flavor, but these still have a wonderful pancake texture.  And don’t forget the buttercream glaze on top!

Summertime is the season of birthdays in our family. In our house, no birthday is complete without SPRINKLES. I love starting the day with a healthy breakfast, but on birthdays all bets are off. The sugar comes out in full force and the best way to start the day is with a stack of birthday pancakes.

Funfetti Pancakes have been a huge hit at birthday sleepovers and family birthday breakfasts. Kids LOVE the colorful sprinkles inside. You’ve loved our sourdough pancakes and traditional griddle cakes…now it is time to brighten up that stack of hotcakes.

stack of funfetti pancakes with dripping glaze

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • “They taste like wedding cake!” What else is there to say?
  • Soft fluffy pancake texture.
  • A buttercream glaze that melts in your mouth.
  • Freezer instructions for breakfast meal prep.

Can you make pancakes with a cake mix?

Yes! These pancakes are made with a box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix.  Now we’ve showed you how to make a  cake mix pancake recipe before and they’ve been a favorite ever since.  Why change a good thing, you ask?  For these Funfetti Pancakes, I wanted more of a pancake texture instead of a cupcake texture.  A little firmer, not as “cakey”, but still super soft and fluffy. And of course, cake flavor.

To get the texture I wanted, I started with my favorite pancake recipe, Amish Griddle Cakes.  I adjusted the ratio of the ingredients just a bit, then added in a Funfetti cake mix.  After a couple test pancakes and adjustments, I had my perfect pancake texture.

How to Make Funfetti Pancakes

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cake mix. Set aside. 
  • In another small bowl, mix together the oil, eggs and milk. 
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in the sprinkles. Batter will be thick. (If you’d like thinner pancakes, you can add a bit more milk.)
  • Heat a griddle to about 250-275 degrees Fahrenheit (low heat so the pancakes do not burn). Spray the griddle with cooking spray. 
  • Ladle the pancake batter onto the hot pan and cook the pancakes for about 1-2 minutes or until bubbles start forming in the batter. Flip the pancake and cook for an additional minute or until cooked through.

Can you freeze these pancakes?

Yes! These pancakes freeze well. Place wax paper or parchment paper between each pancake and put them in a Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. The wax paper will help them to separate easily so you can pull out the exact amount of servings that you need.

3 pancakes with glaze and sprinkles on a plate

Pancake Toppings

Don’t forget the melt-in-your mouth vanilla buttercream glaze on top.  It’s your classic vanilla buttercream turned into a fantastically sweet drizzle to spoon over your freshly made pancakes.

stack of birthday pancakes with glaze
stack of birthday pancakes with glaze

Funfetti Pancakes from a Cake Mix

4.44 from 41 votes
These Funfetti Cake Batter Pancakes will make a birthday shine or give an ordinary day a special start. A cake mix gives it that well-loved cake batter flavor, but these still have a wonderful pancake texture. And don’t forget the buttercream glaze on top!
Servings 11 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix (15.25 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles

Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons half & half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cake mix. Set aside. 
  • In another small bowl, mix together the oil, eggs and milk. 
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in the sprinkles. Batter will be thick. (If you’d like thinner pancakes, you can add a bit more milk.)
  • Heat a griddle to about 250-275 degrees Fahrenheit (low heat so the pancakes do not burn). Spray the griddle with cooking spray. 
  • Ladle the pancake batter onto the hot pan and cook the pancakes for about 1-2 minutes or until bubbles start forming in the batter. Flip the pancake and cook for an additional minute or until cooked through.
  • This recipes makes about 22 5″ pancakes.

For the Frosting

  • In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, softened butter, cream and vanilla. This frosting will be at a spreadable consistency.
  •  If you’d like to drizzle the frosting, microwave the frosting for about 10 seconds and stir, then drizzle over the pancakes.
  •  Double the frosting recipe, if desired.

Video

Notes

These pancakes freeze well. Place wax paper between each pancake and put them in a Ziploc bag. The wax paper will help them to separate easily.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 22 pancakes, with 1 serving being 2 pancakes. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Serving: 75g | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 435
Keyword birthday, cake mix recipe, easy pancakes

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Averie @ Averie Cooks
8 years ago

Adorable, awesome & pinned 🙂

Janet
8 years ago

Happy Birthday! How festive and fun. No birthdays but we will be having a bridal shower this month for my daughter. Thanks for the recipe.

Cindy Eikenberg
8 years ago

Love these – what a delicious and pretty dish to wake up to on a birthday morning! Pinning and sharing! Have a happy Tuesday!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
8 years ago

We do special breakfasts for birthdays too! 🙂 This would be awesome any time, but especially for a borthday! Happy belated birthday to Kinslee!

Anita
8 years ago

The Birthday Pancakes are really festive. Nice photos.

Claire @ The Simple, Sweet Life
8 years ago

These pancakes look fantastic! I love pretty much everything funfetti related, so I will definitely be pinning these to try later! 🙂

Shannon {Cozy Country Living}
8 years ago

These are so fun! My children would just love them:) Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up at the Project Parade Party!

Pauline Molinari
8 years ago

These look delicious! Thanks again for linking up to the Monday Funday Party!

Cate @ Chez CateyLou
8 years ago

I love your house rule of sprinkles for birthdays!! These pancakes are so cute, and they sound absolutely delicious! Hope Kinslee had a great birthday!

Karen @ a house full of sunshine
8 years ago

Oh, yum!! My kids would love these!

Virginia Fynes
8 years ago

YES PLEASE!! These look Super yummy!

J
7 years ago

5 stars
These were delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Gini
7 years ago

5 stars
In love with this recipe! My boyfriend woke up to these yummy pancakes on his birthday and he loved them. Raved about em and asked how i made these taste like cake. He wanted more the next day :)! He is a veryyy picky eater and i was happy to see him enjoy these so much. Thanks for sharing!!

Elizabeth
7 years ago

I would like to make this as my daughters actual birthday cake so my question is… Will it be fine to make overnight and frost as well? Or is made to eat warm?

Anonymous
6 years ago

Should the temp be changed if making these in a mini muffin tin?