Birthday Cake Pancakes

Anyone who knows me, knows that my love for pancakes is real!  We just celebrated “Pancake Day” earlier this week and I posted my mini pancake cereal on Instagram.  I enjoy having pancakes on the weekend, but I have been known to eat them during the week too!  Well, today is my birthday and I thought it would be fun to treat myself to some yummy sprinkle pancakes topped with brown butter glaze and homemade whipped cream.

This is my buttermilk pancake recipe, slightly tweaked to make delectable birthday pancakes.  Be sure to let the batter rest for 30 minutes. This is going to result in fluffy, delicious pancakes!!

I topped my pancakes with a delicious brown butter glaze, whipped cream and extra sprinkles because, well, it’s my birthday!  These were a delicious and satisfying way to start my day.

I am looking forward to spending today celebrating and hanging out with my hubby, children and grandchildren (a long hike is sounding pretty good right now LOL!!).

If you want to treat someone (or yourself) on a special day, make these yummy pancakes…they’ll be so happy you did!

Ingredients for Funfetti Pancakes:

  • 2 ¼ cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
  • cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ cups (370 grams) buttermilk, room temperature
  • ½ cup (120 grams) milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • ⅓ cup (72 grams) vegetable oil
Brown Butter Glaze:
  • 3 cups (360 grams) sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, browned**
  • ½-¾ cup (120-180 grams) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Browning Butter for Icing: **

Melt unsalted butter over medium heat. It will make crackling sounds as the water evaporates from the butter. Simmer until the crackling sounds reduce and the butter turns golden brown (about 5-8 minutes).

 

Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe bowl. Let the butter cool slightly before making the glaze.

Instructions for Brown Butter Glaze:

Add the sifted powdered sugar, brown sugar, cream and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Whisk until the glaze is smooth and creamy. For a thinner glaze, add a little more cream and whisk again.

Funfetti Pancake Batter:

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk until blended.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, milk, vanilla, and vegetable oil.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until blended making sure not to over mix the batter. The pancake batter will be thick with some small lumps, which is perfectly fine.

Let the batter rest for 30 minutes. *

Gently fold the sprinkles into the pancake batter until just incorporated.

Generously butter your griddle or pan and place it on your stovetop over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, ladle pancake batter onto your griddle using a ½ cup (you can use a ¼ cup if you want smaller pancakes).

Let the pancakes cook for approximately one minute. When the sides of the pancakes begin to look cooked and you see small bubbles on the surface, flip the pancakes over. Allow the pancakes to continue cooking until done (about 2 minutes).  Transfer the pancakes to a platter and place in the oven at a very low temperature or warm setting.

Pour more batter onto the griddle, and then place the griddle over medium-low heat and repeat the cooking process.

Drizzle the pancakes with brown butter glaze, allowing the glaze to cascade down the sides of pancakes. Add a little whipped cream and more sprinkles to the top of the pancakes. Get ready to surprise your special someone with a birthday breakfast!

Get ready to surprise your special someone with a birthday breakfast!

Importance of Resting Your Pancake Batter:

*The first thing a good rest does is allow time for the flour to hydrate. Since you want to avoid overmixing your pancake batter — this is key to preventing chewy pancakes — you might stop mixing when a few small lumps of flour remain. Resting the batter gives the milk (or water, or buttermilk) time to soften the flour and dissolve any remaining lumps. While the batter is resting, the liquid helps release some of the starches and proteins in the flour that will give the pancakes lift without making them tough.

While the flour is hydrating, another important thing is happening: The leavening has time to evenly distribute throughout the batter. Whether your recipe calls for baking powder or whipped egg whites to give it lift, bubbles of air are ultimately responsible for puffing the pancakes as they cook. The even distribution of those bubbles results in pancakes that rise more evenly (no humps) with a tender crumb. ∼Kitchn

I hope you make these yummy celebration pancakes:).  If you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!!