The Perfect Birthday Pancakes {How-To}

The Perfect Birthday Pancakes

Our family loves pancakes and waffles. But we hardly ever get to making them on weekdays. So when my son asked for pancakes on the morning of his birthday I had to give in. But I couldn’t just make any normal pancake. They needed to be special birthday pancakes! So I grabbed a box of multigrain pancake mix from Trader Joe’s and got to work.

Here’s how to make the perfect birthday pancakes:

Perfect Birthday Pancakes ingredients

1. If you aren’t making your pancakes from scratch (they’re super easy to do!) pick out a multigrain mix. Grab the sprinkles while you’re in the pantry.

2. Mix ingredients together and let the batter sit and thicken. This will allow the batter to thicken and make fluffier pancakes. You can add in sprinkles now or wait till later.

3. Preheat your skillet on medium. You’ll know it’s ready when you place a  few drops of water on it and they sizzle and evaporate quickly.

4. Grease skillet with butter. Then wipe away any excess with a towel.

Perfect Birthday Pancakes adding sprinkles

5. Place no more than 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake (unless you’re a pancake master). Sprinkle each pancake with sprinkles and set timer for 1.5 minutes.

Perfect Birthday Pancakes baking

6. Turn pancakes when the edges start to bubble or when timer goes off, whichever comes first. The pancakes should be golden brown.

7. Let the other side cook for 1-1.5 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Place pancakes aside and cover loosely to keep warm. You can also put them in a 200 degree oven if you have a lot of pancakes to make.

9. Make a special icing instead of using syrup and butter. Take 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar and add in 1-2 tablespoons of milk. Stir vigorously to combine and remove lumps. Add more milk if too thick. Add 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup to the icing.

10. Top with icing, sprinkle more sprinkles on top and include a candle or fun cupcake topper to make this special stack of pancakes perfect.


Perfect Birthday Pancakes stacked

What do you do to make your child’s birthday special? 

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  1. yummy! pinning for sure!!


  2. You have the best photos and the cutest ideas!

  3. How fun! Never thought of adding sprinkles!

  4. These sounds just yummy. I pinned this on Pinterest and clipped it for Clipix.

  5. East9thStreet says

    Trader Joes Multigrain pancake mix if my favorite of all time!

  6. LOVE MELISSA:) says

    Yum. I never thought of sprinkles. THanks:)

  7. These are absolutely adorable and so easy that even I can make them! Thank you for the great idea!


  8. How do people live without Trader Joes? We just moved here 1.5 years ago and I can’t imagine living without it now!

  9. Life With Captain Fussybuckets says

    What a great idea! My kids would love that!

  10. DealinandDishin says

    My daughter would love the sprinkles! I love the little pinwheel on top and the icing is a very cool idea.

    For birthdays the kiddos get to pick favorite meal or place to eat. For my daughter being the younger one it’s a day she gets some just Mommy and Daddy time.

  11. Lena & Alex says

    Love em
    Wanna eat em

  12. yummm I want that for my bday

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