These are the best funfetti pancakes from scratch. These fluffy sprinkle pancakes will make everyone feel special every time they take a bite of them!
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Birthdays in our house are kind of a big deal!
We love birthdays to be all about you! From the moment you wake up till the morning, you go to bed, the world kind of revolves around you!
You get to pick your breakfast, what we do that day, when you open your presents, what we eat for dinner, and of course dessert! You even get a whole day of no chores (which is huge in our house!)
Most of the time when it’s the kids’ birthday they always request birthday cake pancakes. These birthday cake pancakes AKA Funfetti pancakes are adapted from our fluffy pancake recipe. With a few additional steps you can make your birthday VIP feel even more special on their special day!
Every Day is a Reason to Celebrate
Okay, so yes, we eat birthday pancakes on our kids’ birthday, but I would be lying if I said we only ate them on people’s birthdays!
I mean only eating birthday pancakes 7 times a year would be a sin, right?
So we find any reason to celebrate like passing a hard test at school, making your sports team, summer vacation, Thanksgiving break starting, you name it, we celebrate it… I mean we even eat sprinkle pancakes on those hard days when you need cheering up because sprinkle pancakes change lives!
In this Funfetti pancake recipe, we show you just how easy it is to make these delicious sprinkle pancakes without using a cake mix. These are so easy to make and so tasty too!
Easy Funfetti Pancakes from Scratch
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Ingredients for Birthday Cake Pancakes:
For Sprinkle Pancakes:
2 cups flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 ½ cups milk
3 Tablespoons melted butter
⅓ cup sprinkles
For Birthday Cake Pancake Icing Ingredients:
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
You’ll also want to have the following tools to make it easier:
How to make Funfetti Pancakes from scratch
In a large bowl, you will want to whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Be sure to not sift the flour.
Then you will want to add the milk, egg, and melted butter with an electric mixer on a medium-low spread. You want to make sure that you do not overmix these quick and easy pancakes because overmixing is a major cause of flat pancakes.
Gently fold in sprinkles.
You will want to heat your electric griddle to medium-high heat (375 degrees).
Once hot, add butter or use cooking spray to grease the griddle.
Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, pour each pancake on the griddle. Be sure you don’t pour them to close together.
When bubbles begin to form and pop and the holes stay open it is time to flip your pancakes.
Cook for an additional minute or two and then remove from the griddle and serve.
Serve with BIrthday cake icing, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
How to Birthday Cake Icing:
You will want to make your birthday pancake icing while you are letting your pancakes rest for a few minutes.
To make the icing you will want to whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla.
If it is too runny you will want to add a bit more sugar, if it is too thick add more milk.
Once the icing is the consistency you want, set aside.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Funfetti Pancakes
- Be sure your griddle is hot before you start trying to cook your homemade pancakes. After hot, cook your pancakes on a medium-high heat.
- Get a wide spatula/ flipper. This helps your pancakes not to flop off the spatula while flipping.
- For lighter, fluffy pancakes, use cake flour.
- Don’t sift your flour, with this recipe it will make you have runny pancakes.If you do want to sift you will need to adjust your liquid ingredients.
- If your pancake batter is too thick for your liking, add milk a little at a time.
- If your batter is too runny, add more flour.
How do you make fluffy sprinkle pancakes?
Everyone loves a fluffy birthday pancake, but how do you make a fluffy birthday pancake?
To make a fluffy pancake you will want to make sure that you:
- Don’t overmix the batter.
- Let the batter rest for 15 to 20 minutes before cooking the pancakes.
- Separate the egg whites and beat these separately before adding to your homemade pancakes.
- While cooking your fluffy pancakes, wait for lots of bubbles to appear before flipping. Once the bubbles appear, then flip.
- After you flip resist the urge to hit the fluffy pancake with your flipper. I know I love doing it too!
- And the final secret to fluffy pancakes, be sure to only flip them once.
What is the best way to cook sprinkle pancakes?
The best way to cook sprinkle pancakes is on a griddle. Heat your griddle to medium-high heat and make sure that it is hot before starting to cook your homemade pancakes.
To test to make sure your griddle is hot, you can take a few drops of water and toss them on the griddle, if they sizzle you know you are ready to cook your simple pancakes from scratch.
Once hot, brush your non-stick griddle with butter or use cooking spray.
Take ¼ cup of batter and add to the griddle. Wait for bubbles to form before flipping and be sure to only flip once for fluffy pancakes.
How do I keep pancakes warm?
If you want to keep your pancakes warm while cooking other you can set your oven at 200 degrees and place your pancakes on a sheet pan in the oven.
This will keep them warm as you cook the other pancakes.
You do not want to cover your pancakes. It will make them soggy.
Be sure to keep them in the oven less than 20 minutes as they will start to dry out.
Can I make whole wheat Funfetti pancakes with this recipe?
Yes, this recipe is easily adaptable to a whole wheat funfetti pancake.
To make whole wheat funfetti pancakes you’ll want to substitute the 2 cups of flour for 2 cups of whole wheat flour. This will make your pancakes a lot heavier, so you will need to add ½ teaspoon of baking powder to your whole-wheat pancake to make it a bit lighter.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!