Two of my daughters recently had birthdays and birthday parties - what that means is a lot of leftover birthday cake. I could just throw it out, but I grew up with the idea of repurposing food to make it interesting the second, third, and tenth time around. So my kids and I came up with birthday cake pancakes.
Are these healthy for your kids? LOL, probably not. But they're fun to make (kids like to participate, especially when it comes to mushing up the cake) and they create something a bit different with all that leftover cake.
INGREDIENTS (adjust to fit size of leftover cake):
- An indeterminate amount of leftover cake - this was from one of those big sheet cakes, probably about an eighth of the cake, with the frosting.
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- vegetable oil for pan
1) Add a zigzag of oil to the pan and set it to heat. Mine is a low-heat burner intended for re-heating items, so I set it on high, but most burners should be set to low or medium low. The sugar in the cake will cause the pancakes to burn if you set the stove too high.
2) Mush up the cake (yes, that is the technical term for it).
3) Add 3 eggs and 1/3 cup of milk.
4) Stir until liquid-y.
5) Add the dry ingredients - 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder - and stir until well-mixed. The batter shouldn't be too liquid-y, but more like a milkshake consistency.
6) Using about a tablespoon-sized spoon, drop batter onto the hot pan about 1/4 inch apart.
7) You'll know to flip the pancakes when bubbles form and pop on the surface - once there start to be bubble-sized holes, flip them! This usually takes about 3-4 minutes on the first side and 1-2 minutes on the 2nd side. Don't keep them on the stove too long - the sugar in them will make them burn really easily!
8) Enjoy with your favorite syrup! My kids love Saskatoon syrup, which my aunt gives/ships to me from Canada. Thank you, Aunt Linda!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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