If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate a family birthday, Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes or “party pancakes” as my 3 year old calls them, are the perfect start to a big day! These pancakes come together in just a few minutes and the ingredients are things I always have on hand. The recipe is pretty foolproof and really, who can resist a fluffy, funfetti style pancake stack?!
Pancake “Smash Cake”
These pancakes make an adorable “smash cake”. Just layer them with cream cheese icing, top with more sprinkles and some birthday candles. The pancakes are sweet on their own so sub plain Greek yogurt for the icing to cut some sugar and add protein. These pancakes are egg-free so if you’re serving them for a birthday party you don’t have to worry about kiddos with egg allergies.
Pancakes and Pajamas party
I planned a Pancakes & Pajamas party for my daughter’s 1st birthday and knew these would make the perfect smash cake. In typical life with little kids fashion, my son came down with Flu A the day before her party. Obviously we had to cancel so we rescheduled for two weeks later. The morning of her birthday we decided to have our own Pancakes & Pajamas party just the four of us since we were stuck at home. It really turned out to be a special celebration with just our little family. I mixed some crushed raspberries with Greek yogurt for the “frosting” of her smash cake. The pancakes were just as big of a hit as I expected. I mean, look at the joy on that little lady’s face!
Entertaining tip: Prep ahead of time
If you’re making these rainbow sprinkle pancakes for a celebration, save yourself some stress the morning of. Prep all of the wet ingredients (except the melted butter) in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another. Cover each tightly with plastic wrap and store overnight (wet ingredients in the fridge). All you have to do the morning of is add the melted butter to the wet ingredients and mix the dry and wet ingredients together. In less than 5 minutes the batter is ready to hit the griddle. I’m always trying to find ways to save time before my events start. Measuring everything the day before will save you time and a pre-party mess to clean-up.
The cream cheese frosting can be made ahead of time as well. You’ll want to pull it out of the fridge 30+ minutes before serving to allow it to come up in temp so it is spreadable.
I prefer dye free sprinkles, if you’re looking for them in bulk for a party these are great!
Rainbow Sprinkle Pancake Batter
Cream Cheese Frosting (makes about 2½ cups)
Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes
Cream Cheese Frosting