Birthday Month Round 1: Pancake Birthday Cake!

20 Aug

So as I mentioned in a previous post, my roomie bestie turned the big 2-6 on Sunday! To cheer her out of the “road to late twenties” blues, we had a marvelous idea… make her a PANCAKE CAKE! What better thing to wake up to for a Sunday birthday brunch? I’ll tell you what: nothing.  It only calls for a handful of simple ingredients, but is definitely a labor of love.  I initially found a fancy recipe that called for making the pancake batter AND the roasted-pecan buttercream frosting, and while I love my friend more than anything, I knew by the time I got my butt out of bed on Sunday and made everything, we would be eating at 4pm.  Not fun (especially for her, silly morning bird). SO I resorted to the ever-delicious classic Bisquick mix, an enormous stockpile of fresh blueberries, and delightful vanilla cream icing.  I knew I wanted a big tower of ’em, so I definitely used up all of the batter to make a whopping 10 pancakes!

Use a non-stick skillet and carefully make each pancake, trying to ensure that the batter meets the edges of the pan so they’re all roughly the same size.  Then scatter in a few blueberries and press into the batter.  Cook on LOW heat for 1-2 minutes on each side, checking periodically for doneness.  Make sure when you press down, no batter oozes out from the middle.

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Check out the stack! If you’re making anything else to accompany the pancake monstrosity, let the stack sit in the oven on a low 170 or 180 degrees to keep relatively warm until you’re ready to frost.

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We used a full can of frosting and put a thin layer between each pancake and then around the entire thing.  Pro tip: Stick a few of those super long, skinny wooden skewers in the middle of the cake all the way down so the layers don’t move around while you’re trying to frost the whole way around.  We circled the cake with some fresh strawberries for the final product!

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Don’t be afraid of any oozing frosty.  That’s the good stuff.  Make your own pancake cake rendition and eat up!!


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