Cake Batter Pancakes Recipe

Updated on March 4, 2020
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Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking large amounts of coffee.

Delicious cake batter pancake with vanilla glaze and sprinkles.
Delicious cake batter pancake with vanilla glaze and sprinkles.

The other day, I wanted to make pancakes, but I didn't have enough pancake mix left over for a complete meal. I had a box of yellow cake mix in the cupboard and decided to try to make pancakes using the cake mix. They turned out to be really tasty! My son was excited when he saw his plate and said they tasted just like cupcakes. My husband even enjoyed them.

Sweet and filling, this recipe is a fun twist for a delicious breakfast. Surprise the kids with breakfast or dinner that tastes like dessert. All you need is a few simple ingredients.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 7 to 8 large pancakes
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Ingredients for cake batter pancakes.Ingredients needed for vanilla glaze.
Ingredients for cake batter pancakes.
Ingredients for cake batter pancakes.
Ingredients needed for vanilla glaze.
Ingredients needed for vanilla glaze.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup cake mix
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

For the vanilla glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • assorted sprinkles (optional)


  1. Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Stir in egg, vanilla extract, and milk until smooth. The batter should be just like regular pancake batter—not too thick, not too thin.
  3. Preheat skillet. I use an electric skillet and set it to 300°F.
  4. Coat skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Ladle batter onto skillet for larger pancakes. Use a tablespoon for medium-sized pancakes.
  6. Allow batter to cook until bubbles begin to form on top. This takes about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. The pancakes should be golden brown on each side.
  8. To make the vanilla glaze, stir powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk together until you have the desired consistency. You may need to add a little more powdered sugar or milk to achieve the desired consistency.
  9. Drizzle vanilla glaze onto each pancake and add sprinkles on top, if desired.

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Use a ladle to pour batter into skillet for bigger pancakes.
Use a ladle to pour batter into skillet for bigger pancakes.
Ready to flip.
Ready to flip.
Cook opposite side for 2-3 more minutes. Top with vanilla glaze and sprinkles, if desired.
Cook opposite side for 2-3 more minutes. Top with vanilla glaze and sprinkles, if desired.
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These pancakes are delicious for breakfast and make a fun treat for dinner! Pair them with sausage or bacon.


© 2016 Alyssa


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    • mio cid profile image

      mio cid 

      3 years ago from Uruguay

      very good idea,I will have to try this recipe since I usually improvise ingredients that I don't have and many times it turns out better than the original.


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