Happy New Year everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic NYE celebration and you’re as excited as I am to begin this new year of adventures.  With my birthday being in between Christmas and New Years, let’s just say I do  A LOT of celebrating which means A LOT of cooking. This year I cooked my own birthday breakfast ( I even lit my own birthday candle for the picture) and honestly it was fantastic. It always makes me super happy when a new recipe turns out great, so it got my birthday off to a really nice start.

Birthday Cake and I have had a love-hate relationship. When I was about 10, my Mom got a Barbie cake for me and the day before my birthday I snuck into our dining room and ate all the icing off of her dress. My Mom was so mad at me! So I probably got sick from all the icing or something because I never wanted a birthday cake for the following birthdays. We always got an ice cream cake, pie, or other type of dessert.

I’m still not a HUGE fan of icing, but I do love anything birthday cake, thanks to Lenny and Larry’s Birthday Cake Complete Cookie (which I eat at least once a week). Also birthday cake ice cream is one of my obsessions, but thanks to Halo Top, I can treat that sweet desire in a healthy way as well….otherwise being healthy would be a much harder task.

Since it was my 21ST BIRTHDAY!!! I decided to make my breakfast extra special by combining two of my favorite foods (Pancakes and Birthday Cake). Kind of the best combo ever right? Thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction, I found a recipe that I could easily adapt to make healthier. I get a lot of recipes from Sally’s site because they are usually easy to make and can be altered to healthier versions. PLUS they are always delicious!

These pancakes are some of the fluffiest that I have made because of 1 secret ingredient: buttermilk. I was one of those people that used to think buttermilk is bad for you, but that is actually a misconception, and luckily too because it gives things like pancakes or baked goods a great texture. Buttermilk actually contains several healthy bacteria that are healing for our insides. Other benefits include lowering cholesterol and maintaining bone strength (which is great for athletes)! The more fresh and REAL the milk is, the better it will be for you. Try to find a local, grass-fed, or organic brand if possible for the best benefits. 

So if you or someone you love has a birthday coming up soon, this is the perfect treat to make! And if you LOVE birthday cake, just make it for a special treat (your secret is safe with me). 

Healthier Birthday Cake Pancakes
Party like it's your birthday with these DELICIOUS Birthday Cake flavored pancakes. Perfectly fluffy, topped with a sweet icing glaze, and you won't even feel guilty about eating cake for breakfast!
  • 6 T. unsalted Kerrygold butter (or other organic butter)
  • 2¼ C. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ Cup Xylitol
  • 1¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 C. buttermilk (organic/grass-fed/local)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • ⅔ C. rainbow sprinkles
  • ½ C. organic powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 T. organic milk
  • extra sprinkles for topping
  1. For the pancake batter, melt the 6 tablespoons of butter first on the stove or in the microwave. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts together until combined. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk by hand gently to combine the ingredients. The batter is thick and a few lumps may remain. Very very gently, fold in the rainbow sprinkles using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. (I personally have better luck with a griddle).Coat generously with Kerrygold butter. Once hot, put about ¼ cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with butter for each batch of pancakes.
  5. Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200°F oven or warming oven until all pancakes are cooked. Quickly whisk the glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Start with 2 tablespoons of milk and add 1 more to thin out, if necessary.
  6. Serve pancakes immediately with glaze and extra sprinkles on top. Add a candle to the top of your stack and make a wish!

If you get the chance to try out this yummy recipe, don’t forget to tag @adancersplate on Instagram as well as #embraceyourplate. Can’t wait to see your colorful creation!