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A stack of funfetti pancakes topped with whipped cream, blue birthday cake ice cream, and rainbow sprinkles.

Why I love these pancakes with ice cream

October is birthday month in our house. We have 3 birthdays to celebrate, so we try to change things up to make each one special, and let me tell you, having ice cream for breakfast definitely makes things special.

This isn’t the first time we’ve done it – the kids loved the chocolate chip waffles and ice cream we had for our yes day last year – but surprising the kids with ice cream for their birthday makes their day just a little bit sweeter.

This year, we added sprinkles to our favorite dairy free pancakes recipe and topped them with a powdered sugar glaze and a big scoop of Hudsonville’s Dairy Free Birthday Cake. We even added a candle to pull it all together.

A container of Hudsonville Dairy Free Ice Cream, with stacks of funfetti pancakes on plates and a bowl of rainbow sprinkles in the background.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make them

The BEST dairy free ice cream

This dairy free ice cream is seriously the best. It’s the creamiest, best-tasting ice cream we’ve tried – and we’ve tried a lot in our house.

If you want to find it near you, use Hudsonville’s Scoop Locator to find out which stores are stocking in your area.

If you can’t find Hudsonville in a store near you, check out their new online store so you can make any moment, any day or any season a little sweeter, no matter where you live.

Plus, they stock awesome Hudsonville merch, like shirts and ice cream spades!

A stop motion video of funfetti pancakes being stacked on a plate and topped with whipped cream, blue birthday cake ice cream and rainbow sprinkles and a birthday candle being lit.

How to make birthday cake pancakes

Mix the dry ingredients. In a big mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together. This helps distribute the baking powder to make sure the pancakes rise evenly.

Whisk the wet ingredients. In a different bowl, whisk the milk, oil, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract until smooth.

Combine everything. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir to combine. Don’t over stir or you’ll end up with chewy pancakes. Then, fold in the sprinkles.

Close up of funfetti pancakes topped with whipped cream, blue birthday cake ice cream and rainbow sprinkles.

Cook the pancakes. Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium. Let it get nice and warm before you start, then add a tiny bit of oil or melted vegan butter if you aren’t using a non-stick pan.

Add about 1/3 cup per pancake onto the pan and let it cook until nice bubbles start to form around the top and the edges look set. Flip and cook a little bit longer – about one more minute.

Mix the glaze. If you’re using the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth.

Assemble your stack. Stack a few pancakes and drizzle with glaze or syrup. Top with dairy free whipped cream and a scoop of Hudsonville’s Dairy Free Birthday Cake. Add sprinkles and top with a candle before serving.

A stack of funfetti pancakes on a plate; topped with whipped cream, blue birthday cake ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, with a birthday candle on top.

FAQs and tips for making the best pancakes

Why aren’t my pancakes fluffy?

There are a few reasons your pancakes might turn out flat. The most likely cause is over mixing. There’s also a chance that your baking powder was expired or that your heat wasn’t hot enough when you started cooking your pancakes.

Do you cook pancakes on high or low heat?

Neither. Pancakes actually cook best at a medium heat. Making sure that your griddle is the right temperature can really make a difference in your pancake results.

How long should pancakes cook on each side?

Your pancakes should cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. I typically find that the first side needs to cook for a little bit longer than the second. This helps them to flip since the pancakes have started to set on the first side.

A stack of funfetti pancakes on a plate; topped with whipped cream, blue birthday cake ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, with a birthday candle on top.

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Birthday Cake Pancakes

Celebrate your birthday all day long with these awesome funfetti pancakes. These birthday cake pancakes are sweet, fluffy and topped with a powdered sugar glaze and dairy free birthday cake ice cream.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale

For the pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

For serving:

Instructions

For the pancakes:

  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the milk, canola oil, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract together in a separate bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir to combine, and fold in sprinkles.
  4. Preheat a non-stick griddle or large skillet to medium heat. (Coat pan with butter or oil if not using non-stick).
  5. Pour about ⅓ cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Allow it to cook until bubbles are visible throughout the pancake before flipping.
  6. Repeat until all batter has been used.

To make the glaze:

  1. Whisk the powdered sugar and almond milk together until smooth.

To serve:

  1. Stack a few pancakes and drizzle with glaze.
  2. Top each stack with dairy free whipped cream, a scoop of Hudsonville’s Dairy Free Birthday Cake and some sprinkles.

Notes

Nutrition information is calculated for pancakes only.

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Last Updated on October 26, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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