Birthday Pancakes

Posted on by on September 6th, 2011 | 34 Comments »

Three years ago tomorrow I met my best friend and one year and 3 months ago I married him. Enter Emanuel, the love of my life, my rock and biggest supporter. This post is all about him. Well, him and pancakes.

I often find myself just starring over at Emanuel while we are eating dinner, watching tv, walking the dogs and think “how did I get so lucky”? I never thought there would be someone so loving, caring, smart, dedicated and supportive as Emanuel. His sense of humor always make me laugh, his knowledge of so much teaches me new things every day, his support gets me through rough times and his drive to excel inspires me to do great things. He kisses away my boo boos, kills creepy spiders for me, tells me that I’m beautiful every day, lets me sing along to the music even though Im completely tone deaf, tries all my creations in the kitchen and even washes the dishes afterwards! He allows me and encourages me to be myself, flaws and all and loves me unconditionally. He has brightened my world more then you can imagine and opened my heart up to more love then I thought was possible. Sounds like a pretty great guy huh? He is. And, have I mentioned yet how cute he is??

Emanuel grew up in a family of 9 and has 22 cousins so as you can imagine there are birthdays as often as there is a new food network show. And, now that everyone is getting older, a new baby every other month! So as you can imagine birthdays can become pretty routine. And so I take it upon myself every birthday to make Emanuel feel like an only child (sorry sibs-I still love you) being spoiled with birthday love.

Yesterday was Emanuels birthday and a day that I got to shower him with sugar, er I mean love. OK fine, Love and sugar. I mean really, isn’t that what birthdays are all about anyway? Birthday pancakes have been done before and will be done again. But, they haven’t been done yet by me. I have gawked over images of birthday cake pancakes on various blogs and have been waiting for a chance to make them. Emanuel’s 29th birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity because well lets face it, who wouldn’t want to start their birthday off with something as pretty and delicious as these pancakes?

I opted to make fluffy buttermilk pancakes (with the addition of a little more sugar then normal) instead of the birthday pancakes I have seen that uses a cake mix for the batter. As amazing as that sounds, cake was for dessert and pancakes were for breakfast. These pancakes are fluffy and festive and the perfect way to start your birthday. And, if no one in your family is celebrating a birthday for a while then I’m pretty sure you can think of something to celebrate.


For Pancakes

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons colored sprinkles

For Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon colored sprinkles, plus more for sprinkling on top


Heat griddle or fry pan
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.
Add eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter; whisk to combine. DO NOT over mix. Your batter should have some small lumps.
Fold in colored sprinkles.
Brush remaining butter or onto griddle or pan.
Using a ladle, pour pancake batter onto griddle.
When pancakes have bubbles on top, about 2 1/2 minutes, flip over. Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.
Repeat with remaining batter.
To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and sprinkles.
Serve drizzled over pancakes.



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  1. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    You guys are the cutest. Happy birthday Emanuel!!! These pancakes look AHmazing. Definitely a good way to start a birthday!!!!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Aw Thanks Katherine! We are pretty cute huh? lol

  2. Dad
    Posted on: 9-6-2011

    Since you were a little girl, I always told you that your Knight in Shining Armor would come into your life, sweep you off your feet and you both would live happily ever after — and I was right. Love you both!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Thanks Dad

  3. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    Oh, what a beautiful stack of celebratory pancakes!!! SO happy you have found the man of your dreams…belated birthday wishes to him!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Thanks so much Liz!

  4. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    I can see even from 30 lines that you’re truly in love! Your words moved me, ’cause I can totally identify my boyfriend in your husband’s description… and, believe me, I understand when you say that you often ask yourself “how did I get so lucky?”.
    You’re right: it’s a great luck being loved, but it’s even a greater luck loving somebody completely.. when the two lucks meet, everything else is not so important!
    Happy birthday to your husband and great way to start a birthday!

    PS: I’ll make buttermilk pancakes on Saturday, to celebrate my boyfriend’s coming back from Canada.. I already found a reason to celebrate, with maple syrup, of course 😉

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Giulia these would be perfect to make your boyfriend when he gets back home!!!

  5. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    hi beth michelle, thanks so much for your visit. happy belated birthday to your hubby.
    the pancake looks delicious, especially when you cut them up 🙂
    oh ya your photography is beautiful too.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Thank you so much! I love the way they look cut up too!

  6. Danny
    Posted on: 9-6-2011

    You are certainly a terrific cook and e is very lucky. I often miss your great meals but your mom trys to make up for it.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Thanks! My mom is a great cook, I learned from somewhere!

  7. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    These are SO festive & so fun. And while they may not be all too different…I do agree that cake is for dessert and pancakes are for breakfast. Great post. And happy birthday to your husband!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Thanks Lindsay!

  8. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    Happy B-day to Emanuel!!! I looove your blog, i’m soo glad i got here, I can’t wait till you study in JCI, sounds amazing! I’ve seen some pictures and they make such great things! And those pancakes look really pretty and really full of like and joy! I really liked the 3rd picture 😉

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Thanks Valerie! Im looking forward to JCI, so exciting! Im glad you found your way here too and Im glad I found your blog I love it!

  9. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    Oh Beth what a great post, your pancakes look amazing so so very appropriate for such an occasion! I wish your hubby happy b-day, and hope you two celebrate many many more together just like that”in love”

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Thank you so much Sandra!

  10. Imma
    Posted on: 9-6-2011

    This is your most beautful post to date. It’s music to my ears to hear you describe Emanuel this way. There’s nothing a mother wants more than for a woman to see her son’s goodness – both internally and externally. And you do. That’s why I love you so much (besides, you’re a very nice person 🙂 Love, Imma

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Aw thanks Imma!! I love you too!!

  11. Posted on: 9-7-2011

    Wow, awesome post ! the pictures are awesome too, a sinful delight !


  12. Posted on: 9-7-2011

    I think this is the cutest post ever. You are cute, and you two are cute together. And I love this birthday pancakes with cute colorful sprinkles. Lovely post Beth. 🙂

    • Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Realized I erased my sentences including Happy Birthday Emanuel! 🙂

      • BethMichelle
        Posted on: 9-7-2011

        Aww thank you so much Nami! I like to think we are pretty darn cute 🙂 lol

  13. Posted on: 9-8-2011

    What a sweet and loving post! … and some sweet and lovely looking pancakes! 😀

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-8-2011

      Aw thanks Tiffany!

  14. Posted on: 9-8-2011

    Happy Birthday Emanuel! This is such a sweet gesture. I think food is the best gift and these are so awesome. Sprinkles make everything better!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-8-2011

      Food is definitely the best gift! And, I agree sprinkles make everything better. Days are just happier with sprinkles!

  15. Posted on: 9-8-2011

    What a sweet post and a yummy pile of pancakes. I hope he had a great birthday. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-10-2011

      Thanks Briarrose! His birthday was filled with studying all day! But, pancakes make it perfect 🙂

  16. Posted on: 9-16-2011

    OMG this looks so good it shouldn’t even be legal! Beautiful photos. Birthday cake pancakes…YUM!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-17-2011

      Thanks Colleen!! Im pretty sure these are illegal in my house after the sugar rush we had, but on birthdays we will bend the rules a bit 🙂

  17. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    What a sweet post 🙂
    And a novel idea – cakes are so yesterday!! I could do with eating pancakes in the morning instead anyway!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-8-2012

      Thanks!! These do make a perfect stand in for cake!

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