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How To Make A Cake Out Of Pancake Mix

How To Make A Cake Out Of Pancake Mix

I was a bit perplexed the first time I was confronted with how to make a cake out of pancake mix. It was actually a question and I didn’t have a ready answer. Why? Because I felt like “why would anyone want to make cake out of a pancake mix?

It got me thinking however, and I began to research. Truth is this hack of making cake out of a pancake mix is an old one. But as with everything in the world of the culinary arts, it has kept evolving with different recipes and adaptation of recipes.

This article is a result of that research; sit back, relax, read and watch the accompanying video.  I tell you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the end. What’s more, you’ll never be stumped for recipes for last minutes desserts or “extra special/different” tasty treats for your family.

Why Use Pancake Mix For Cake?

Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix, Original Complete, 50 Servings Box

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I asked the same question and I got answers. Some of the reasons why it makes a lot of sense to use pancake mix to make a cake are as follows:

Excess Supply of Pancake Mix – If for some reason you happen to have an abundance of pancake mix boxes, you don’t have to subject your family to eating pancakes until they begin to hate it.  You can put that pancake mix into other uses; whip up different cake recipes with it!

Pancake Taste in a Cake – We discovered that there were times when some folks just wanted that cross between a cake and pancake. Those time when you just wanted to throw in something that tastes like pancake into the oven and not have to make individual pancakes.  That’s when pancake mix comes in handy for a cake.

Saves Time – In addition to getting the taste of pancake in a cake, you also get to save time when you use a pancake mix to make a cake. Most recipes for this, takes about 5 minutes to prep and at most 25 minutes to bake. This brings the total time to 30 minutes. So you can actually prepare this for your kids’ snack box before leaving for work!  It also makes a great breakfast item.



Pancake Mix Cake With Graham Crackers


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To Make The Cake You Need The Following:

2 Cups Pancake Mix

3 Sheets Graham Crackers (That would be three pieces from a pack ; crush to fine crumbs)

1 Cup, 235 ml or 8 fl oz.  Milk

2  Large Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

To Make The Glaze You Need The Following:

2 Tablespoons Butter

½ Cup or 64 g Icing Sugar

1 Sheet Graham Crackers (one piece from the pack finely crushed)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

2 – 3 Tablespoons Milk

Instructions For Preparation and Baking

(i) Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a Bundt pan thoroughly.

(ii) Place all the ingredients for the cake in a mixing bowl and mix well.

(iii) Put the batter in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick you insert in the middle comes out clean.

(iv) When you put the cake into the oven to bake, make the glaze.

(v) Place the butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl and whip until it gets light and creamy

(vi) Add the graham cracker crumbs and continue to mix; add the vanilla and then mix for about one minute.

(vii) Add the milk in drops and keep mixing until you get a pourable consistency.

(viii) When your cake is done, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

(ix) Turn the Bundt pan over on a serving platter and remove the cake.

(x) Once the cake is ready to be served, drizzle with the glaze.

(xi) Garnish with any nut or fruit of your choice.

This recipe was adapted from

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Blueberry Pancake Mix Cake


1 Cup Pancake Mix

1 Cup or 120 g Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar (tightly packed)

¼ Cup Maple Syrup (you can substitute with honey, molasses or agave nectar but bear in mind that the taste would be different)

1 Egg

1 Cup, 235 ml or 8 fl oz Milk

1/3 Cup, 79 ml or 2.7 oz Pure Vegetable Oil

1 Cup blueberries

Instructions for Preparation and Baking

(i) Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease an 8 inch baking pan

(ii) Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

(iii) Place the wet ingredients in another bowl then mix both dry and wet ingredients well.

(iv) Finally, add the blueberry and fold them in but do not over mix the batter after adding the blueberry.

(v) Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until you insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake and it comes out clean.

(vi) This cake can be served warm or cool. You can also sprinkle with icing sugar or any glaze of your choice before serving.

You can also click here to check out some of our blueberry cake recipes; they ‘ll come in handy especially if you have an abundant supply of blueberries.

Adapted from


Pancake Mix Cake (Generic and adaptable as desired)


2 and ½ Cup Pancake Mix

1 Cup, 227 g or 8 oz Sugar

5 Eggs

1 Cup, 235 ml or 8 fl oz. Pure Vegetable Oil

1 Cup, 235 ml or 8 fl oz. Milk

Instructions For Preparation and Baking

(i) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a Bundt pan and set aside.

(ii) Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix very well

(iii) Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

(iv) Leave the cake in to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes then turn it out onto a serving platter.

(v) You can add cinnamon or any other spice that you like to the batter. You can also add some orange or lemon zest or nuts or even a mix of nuts, spices or zest. Like we said earlier, you can tweak this recipe as you like.


Finally, we leave you with this video for more insight and inspiration on how to make a cake out of a pancake mix.







Chisom Odimba

Chisom was raised in a home where something was always cooking or baking in the kitchen. She developed her love for baking and the culinary arts from an early age. Through the years she has undergone several formal and informal training on cake decoration. She obtained two certificates from The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Arts. Her wealth was of experience spans over 30 years of hands on training and experimentation. She is proud to say that whatever tips and advice she passes on are tested and proven. She has also inspired many to great entrepreneurial heights in the world of cake decoration.

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