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Buttermilk Birthday Pancakes Recipe

Who says birthdays have to start with cake? Let’s switch things up with some fluffy, golden Buttermilk Birthday Pancakes! Imagine biting into a stack of warm pancakes, with a hint of sweetness and the rich, tangy flavor of buttermilk.

They’re perfect for celebrating that special day with a breakfast that feels just as indulgent as cake but comes with the bonus of syrup and maybe even a few sprinkles on top!


Q: Can I make these pancakes ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can! Make a big batch, let them cool, and then freeze. Just pop them in the toaster or microwave to reheat.

Q: What if I don’t have buttermilk?
A: No worries! You can make your own by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and you’re good to go.

Q: Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
A: Yes, but keep in mind that the texture will be denser. You might want to use half whole wheat and half all-purpose for a lighter pancake.

Q: How can I make these gluten-free?
A: Substitute the all-purpose flour with a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend. The results should be just as delicious!


Heavy cream

All-purpose flour


Baking powder

Baking soda



Unsalted butter

Vegetable oil

Large egg

Olive oil non-stick spray

Why Each Ingredient is Needed

  • Heavy cream: Adds richness and makes the pancakes extra tender.
  • All-purpose flour: The base that gives structure to your pancakes.
  • Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness to the batter.
  • Baking powder: Helps the pancakes rise and become fluffy.
  • Baking soda: Works with the buttermilk to create lift.
  • Salt: Enhances all the flavors.
  • Buttermilk: Adds a tangy flavor and reacts with the baking soda for extra fluffiness.
  • Unsalted butter: Adds moisture and a rich buttery taste.
  • Vegetable oil: Keeps the pancakes moist and prevents them from sticking to the pan.
  • Large egg: Binds the ingredients together and adds structure.
  • Olive oil non-stick spray: Ensures the pancakes don’t stick to the pan, making flipping easy and stress-free.

How to Store Leftovers

To store leftover pancakes, let them cool completely. Stack them with a piece of parchment paper between each pancake to prevent sticking, then place them in an airtight container or a zip-top bag. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, reheat in the microwave or toaster until warm.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  1. Measuring Ingredients: Let your little ones help with measuring out the ingredients. It’s a great way to teach them basic math and measurement skills.
  2. Mixing: Kids love to stir! Let them mix the batter, but make sure they don’t overmix – lumps are okay.
  3. Pouring the Batter: Use a ladle or measuring cup with a spout to pour the batter onto the griddle. Kids can help with this step with supervision.
  4. Adding Fun Toppings: Let your kids choose and sprinkle on fun toppings like chocolate chips, blueberries, or even colorful sprinkles.

Why This Recipe Works

Buttermilk Birthday Pancakes are a delightful twist on the traditional birthday breakfast. The buttermilk adds a unique tang that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the sugar and richness of the heavy cream and butter. The combination of baking powder and baking soda ensures the pancakes are light and fluffy, while the egg and flour provide the structure needed to hold everything together.

The mix of butter and vegetable oil guarantees moist pancakes with just the right amount of crisp on the edges. These pancakes are not only delicious but also fun and easy to make, especially with kids, turning breakfast into a memorable birthday celebration.

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Buttermilk Birthday Pancakes
Yield: 6-8 Pancakes

Buttermilk Birthday Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These amazing fluffy, golden Buttermilk Birthday Pancakes, perfect for starting your special day with a delicious twist on breakfast. Tangy, sweet, and incredibly tender, these pancakes will make your birthday morning unforgettable!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • 1 cup buttermilk .
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
  • 1 large egg
  • Olive Oil non stick spray


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, oil, butter and egg.
  3. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture; whisk until just moistened. (Do not overmix; a few small lumps are fine.)
  4. Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium heat. 
  5. Spray with olive oil spray
  6. Spoon 1/4 cup batter (2-3 tbsp) 
  7. Cook until the surface of the pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst (about 1-2 mins)
  8. Carefully flip the pancakes with a thin spatula and cook until browned (another 1-2 mins)
  9. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven.
  10. Top with whipped cream and more sprinkles and enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 356Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 75mgSodium 1068mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 9g

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