1 1/2 cups all purpose flour I used 1/2 cup whole wheat
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups milk *How Sweet used vanilla almond milk. I used skim milk so I added a little extra vanilla extract
Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Add 1 cup of milk, eggs and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. You want the batter to look like regular pancake batter; not too thin, not too thick. This will vary greatly on the brand of cake mix you use. Start with 1 cup of milk and add more if needed. I suggest a small taste test as well to see if the pancakes are flavored enough.
Preheat a skillet on medium heat (I use an electric grilled and turn it to 250 degrees). Fold desired amount of sprinkles into batter. Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with vanilla glaze.
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix milk, extract and powdered sugar until glaze forms. You may need to add a little more sugar or water/milk to reach desired consistency. Mix into glaze and drizzle on pancakes.
****The vanilla glaze would have been really good on these, but I was sending my kids to school and didn't want them on sugar overload (I think cake batter in the pancakes was plenty!), so we topped them with sugar-free pancake syrup. And more sprinkles of course.
My pancakes did not turn out nearly as big and fluffy as How Sweets. I'm pretty sure I didn't let my pancake batter "rest" long enough...it was a school morning! And I added whole wheat flour. The flavor was good, but not great. It could use a little tweaking the next birthday that comes around. They would have been better with the vanilla glaze! But, the main thing is that it made Number One feel special on her birthday! She had her party a few days before, on the weekend, so this was a way to honor her actual birthday. Her special request for her birthday dinner?.....baked cheese sticks (the ones I made not long ago in eggroll wrappers)! I thought that was pretty funny! and yes, I made them. 'cuz I'm the greatest Mom ever. Sometimes.
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