Gluten-Free Cake Batter Pancakes

by Erin

I’m baaack!

My trip to Columbus, OH was awesome as always. Obviously I spent time with great friends, but what else did my journey contain?  For starters, cooked lots of great food (starting with these pancakes), and also took advantage of many great food places in town. We watched the PhD movie, which was highly entertaining, in the insanely fabulous new Student Union that was just beginning to be built when I left there 4 years ago (I kept waiting for a flash mob to start). Attended the OSU vs Indiana football game which of course took place in my most favorite structure in the entire country – The Horseshoe. Also watched Tangled for the first time which was a lot better than I expected. Especially since the credits started a completely sober dance party in Christina’s living room. Basically it was a perfectly wonderful long weekend.

Even though I did not anticipate cooking much while I was gone I did manage to whip up a couple things. Christina was really excited when I told her I planned to make gluten free pancakes one morning (since she cannot have gluten). And that they were going to be cake batter flavored! They turned out great, not too sweet but still tasted like funfetti – the best cake to ever be made.


Makes about 12 pancakes


1-1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour

2/3 cup gluten free yellow cake mix (such as Betty Crocker)

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

1 Tbsp sugar

3/4 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 cups milk

Assorted sprinkles


  1. Combine flour, cake mix, xanthan gum, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Add 1 cup of milk, egg and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. You want the batter to look like regular pancake batter; not too thin, not too thick. This will vary greatly on the brand of cake mix you use. Start with 1 cup of milk and add more if needed. I suggest a small taste test as well to see if the pancakes are flavored enough.
  2. Preheat a skillet on medium heat (I use an electric grilled and turn it to 350 degrees). Fold desired amount of sprinkles into batter. Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with favorite toppings or vanilla glaze.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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teresa February 1, 2023 - 10:21 am

250 seems really low and I’m afraid to try it that low since i usually use more like 325-350 on my electric griddle. Could you confirm?

Erin February 1, 2023 - 10:57 am

My apologies, it should be 350. I have edited the recipe.

rachel August 28, 2022 - 7:35 pm

could these be made into cupcakes?

Erin August 28, 2022 - 9:25 pm

I am not entirely sure as I have not tried it myself, but I think they could. You would have to keep an eye on them in the oven and make sure to test with a toothpick to know when they are done. If you try it let me know!

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen November 7, 2011 - 10:03 pm

Sounds like you had a great weekend! I love Columbus and miss living there soooo much! I bet you had a blast going to the game on Saturday….there is no place like the horseshoe! These cake batter pancakes just sound incredible! :)

Tracey November 7, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Sounds like an awesome weekend, glad you enjoyed it so much :) I love all things cake batter, kudos on the gluten-free recipe – I still haven’t tackled that yet.

cassie//bake your day November 7, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Such a fool for cake batter anything. These sound like total pancake perfection!

Steph@stephsbitebybite November 7, 2011 - 11:54 am

YUM!!! I want a huge stack of these right now!!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme November 7, 2011 - 9:54 am

These are fabulous! We love pancake recipes and I’ll definitely have to give this a try! BTW- we still love, love, love your oatmeal pancakes. We just made them the other day, so I’m sure these will be a hit too! :)

Amy C. November 7, 2011 - 9:49 am

These sound delicious. I do not eat gluten free, but I would definitely try them. I am sure they would work as “non-gluten free” as well, right??? :) Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

spiffycookie November 7, 2011 - 9:51 am

Totally! Remove the xanthan gum, or just click on the link for How Sweet It Is’s version. I don’t eat gluten-free either but my friend Christina cannot have gluten, so I had to cook these special for her over the weekend. You really cannot tell they are gluten-free though!

Kathryn November 7, 2011 - 9:45 am

These look awesome! Anything with cake batter gets my vote and I particularly love that these are gluten free!


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