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Mini Birthday Pancakes!

January 9, 2014




Guess what guys? It’s my birthday!! And in celebration of, I made you mini birthday pancakes!

Remember funfetti cake? (of course you do) All of those sprinkles and moist white cake and creamy frosting? It was simply the best and one of my childhood favorites. Well, I took this childhood favorite and combined it with a current obsession of mine…pancakes! Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please! How awesome would it be to wake up to these colorful  bite-sized treats on your b-day? Mini makes everything better, if you ask me. I love indulgences but I never feel good when I go overboard so mini versions of the real thing make me a happy gal.  These silver dollar sized griddle cakes are the perfect serving of dessert for breakfast. The glaze topping makes them taste just like sprinkle donuts – which, let’s face it, are the best donuts ever!

These cheerful little guys make me wish it was my birthday everyday! Enjoy!

p.s. I found the cute little straw and tissue paper candles DIY here.



Mini Birthday Pancakes (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

Makes about 48 silver dollar pancakes


For the pancakes

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups milk or buttermilk
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • Extra butter for the griddle

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk


For the pancakes

Sift together dry ingredients in large bowl, set aside.

Mix milk, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined.

Stir in melted butter and sprinkles to the batter until just combined. Let batter sit for 10 minutes undisturbed.

Cook on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. NOTE: 1 tablespoon of batter will give you about a 3″ round pancake, which I found to be perfect.

For the glaze

Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Whisk 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency. The glaze should be thick and opaque. Top stacks of 3-5 pancakes with a generous dollop of glaze.

Make ahead: Make these pancakes up to a week ahead and freeze unglazed until you’re ready to use. Reheat in a conventional or toaster oven on low heat until just warmed through.

45 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2014 5:51 am

    Gah! These are ADORABLE. Birthdays are always better when sprinkles are involved :)

  2. January 9, 2014 5:54 am

    So Cute!! Happy Birthday!

  3. JazzyApples permalink
    January 9, 2014 5:55 am

    Happy Birthday! These look fab x

  4. January 9, 2014 6:16 am


  5. January 9, 2014 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday :)

  6. bluedarkness24 permalink
    January 9, 2014 6:54 am

    Reblogged this on blue dark rocks and commented:
    food related

  7. January 9, 2014 7:00 am

    Love these mini pancakes! Definitely going to make some for my best friend’s birthday. Happy birthday to you as well! I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic day now that you have mini pancakes :-)

  8. January 9, 2014 7:32 am

    Happy Birthday … and thanks so much for the lovely pancakes!!! :)

  9. January 9, 2014 8:10 am

    Adorable!! Great start to your birthday. Kids would go crazy over this idea. Happy birthday!

  10. January 9, 2014 8:11 am

    I can’t get over how adorable these are!! Now I want it to be someone’s birthday over here so I can make them these!

  11. January 9, 2014 8:27 am

    Omg! I want some so bad!

  12. January 9, 2014 8:41 am

    Happy Birthday!

  13. Sausage Tarts & Marmalade Rolls permalink
    January 9, 2014 8:42 am

    wow! i love this idea :) so cute xx

  14. January 9, 2014 9:47 am

    What fun! Thanks for the pancakes, hehe :) And happy birthday!

  15. sillimi permalink
    January 9, 2014 10:49 am

    Happy Birthday!!! This is such a creative way to celebrate your birthday from the moment you wake up! I will definitely make this for my husband’s birthday. Thank you for sharing!

  16. January 9, 2014 10:59 am

    These could not be any more adorable! Happy birthday!

  17. Polly scoffs... permalink
    January 9, 2014 11:10 am

    WOW these are so pretty! I hope the rest of your day was amazing as these pancakes! Happy Birthday :)

  18. January 9, 2014 11:21 am

    Happy BDay Paola!!!!!!!!!!!!! May this be the best year yet!!!!! — Kicking things off with the most adorable pancakes EVER! I want every day to be mini bday pancakes day ;) XO!

  19. January 9, 2014 11:42 am

    Love this idea! very cute :)

  20. January 9, 2014 12:04 pm

    How cute! What a perfect way to start your birthday! Have a great day!

  21. January 9, 2014 12:52 pm

    They look amazing! Happy Birthday to you :D

  22. January 9, 2014 1:28 pm

    Happy birthday!

  23. January 9, 2014 1:59 pm

    Wow, the photograph is stunning. And the pancakes look amazing too,

  24. January 9, 2014 2:37 pm

    Soo sweet:)
    Wszystkiego najlepszego! (happy birthday straight from Poland:D)

  25. Lauren permalink
    January 9, 2014 5:04 pm

    Mini pancakes AND your birthday?? Cheers to that!! Happy birthday, hope you had an awesome day!

  26. January 10, 2014 1:21 am

    Love the look of these. Make pancakes mini so you can just say, ‘but their mini… 3 mini is like 1 big so… I can have 9?’ Sounds perfect.

  27. Joanna Noriel permalink
    January 10, 2014 3:40 am

    These are so cute and creative. Hope you had a legendary birthday.

  28. sandys5 permalink
    January 10, 2014 4:28 am

    Happy birthday! We do birthday donuts at our house. Nothing to get your body moving in the morning but a candle in your favorite donut as people wake you up in the morning with “Happy Birthday” being sung to you. Hope you have a terrific day.

  29. January 10, 2014 5:15 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope your day was just beautiful. I love these pancakes…what a wonderful idea!! Beautiful photos…they make me want to reach into my screen and grab a couple of stacks!! Yum.. <3

  30. January 10, 2014 9:33 am

    They look so lovely! And happy belated birthday! :-)

  31. January 10, 2014 11:56 pm

    Oh my gosh!! These are totally gorgeous and sprinkles make them outta this world!
    Of course you must have had a fabulous birthday! :)

  32. Caroline @ The Patterned Plate permalink
    January 11, 2014 11:49 am

    Happy Birthday! Such a lovely, cheery idea!

  33. January 11, 2014 12:14 pm

    wait. these are the CUTEST!

  34. Christine & Shannon permalink
    January 12, 2014 7:37 am

    Ahh I love all things mini! These are so cute, and how can you go wrong with pancakes. ;)

  35. January 13, 2014 9:29 am

    Reblogged this on angelica robles.

  36. giuliasarablog permalink
    January 14, 2014 10:23 am

    Ahhhh amazing!!!!!

  37. January 17, 2014 7:00 am

    Happy belated birthday! Those pancakes look adorable !!! :)

  38. frauzuckerstein permalink
    January 23, 2014 12:40 pm

    Wow…so beautiful !!! Such a cute idea for a birthday party =)

  39. January 24, 2014 4:03 pm

    These are soo super cute! I can’t wait to make them. Thanks.

  40. March 5, 2014 6:06 pm

    In Australia we call these mini pancakes “pikelets”, I always thought the name was just as cute as the pancakes themselves. They look delicious too!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 7, 2014 10:22 pm

      Pikelets!! I love it!

  41. juliemason5 permalink
    March 23, 2014 1:12 pm

    This food photography is adorable! Love the presentation :)

  42. October 10, 2015 7:19 am

    They look so delicious!


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