How to Make Pancake Art

Combine artistic creativity with delicious Krusteaz® pancakes for an imaginative meal that’s sure to bring out the smiles. Our Buttermilk Pancake Mix is the perfect blank canvas for you to play with. Whether you’re a beginner artist or have some serious skills, we have ideas and tips to help you add a little artistry to your pancakes.

Add Toppings to Make Smiley Faces and More

The easiest way to turn your pancakes into art is to arrange fruit, nuts, and other toppings into fun shapes. Make a simple smiley face with a few carefully arranged blueberries. Arrange sliced strawberries around the edges of a pancake to make a flower. Slice a banana in half lengthwise and use the pieces to make bunny ears. Try making two smaller pancakes and use them as mouse ears on a regular pancake. The only limit is your imagination!

Use Silicone Pancake Molds for Fun Shapes

Make pancakes unique shapes with silicone pancake molds. You can find pancake molds in a variety of themes. They make for a fun breakfast for special occasions. How to use pancake molds:

  • Coat the griddle and silicone mold in cooking spray
  • Set the mold on the griddle
  • Pour the batter into the mold
  • Gently remove the mold
  • Flip the pancake to cook other side
  • And enjoy! 

Make Pour Art Pancakes

One of the easiest and most popular ways to make a pour painting is to layer different colors of fluid paint into a cup and slowly pour the cup onto a canvas. This same technique can be used with pancake batter to make colorful galaxy-inspired pancakes. 

Pick how many colors you’d liked to make, then divide the buttermilk pancake batter into mixing bowls. We recommend using 3-5 colors for this fun method. Add a few drops of food coloring or gel and gently stir. Layer the different colors of batter into a measuring cup. 

Once your griddle is preheated, take the measuring cup and slowly pour the colorful batter onto the surface. Try moving your hand in a small circular motion and watch the colors swirl together. Once you see the bubbles forming, flip the pancake and cook the other side. Experiment with different colors and see what pour fun you can make.

Unleash Your Inner Picasso 

Want to make pancake masterpieces? It’s easier than you think. All it takes is a little practice. And don’t worry—even your mistakes will be delicious! Divide your buttermilk pancake batter into food-safe squeeze bottles, add your preferred food coloring, and then shake the bottle until all the coloring is mixed. Once you have all your colors mixed, you’re ready to start drawing on the griddle.

Tips for Drawing Pancakes on a Griddle:

  • Keep your griddle off until you’re done drawing. This helps you avoid burning parts of the pancake before you’ve completed the drawing.
  • Draw the outlines first. For inspiration, try copying the outlines from a page in a coloring book. 
  • Color in your design. Using the squeeze bottles, add different colored batter to your outlines.
  • Cover the entire design in plain batter. Once you’re done coloring in your drawing, add a layer of plain batter to ensure you make a light and fluffy pancake that’s ready to eat!
  • Cook on medium heat. If the griddle gets too hot, the pancake will turn brown. For pancake drawings, we recommend cooking on medium heat to ensure the colorful batter retains its vibrancy.
  • And flip! Once your batter starts to bubble, it’s time to flip your pancake and cook the other side. 
  • Enjoy your edible work of art!

Make it Artistic. Make it Krusteaz®

You’re ready to make some seriously good pancake art. Get the whole family involved and make it an unforgettable moment. See who can create the best smiley face using fruit and bacon. Find themed silicone molds your kids will love, and have them add the batter into the mold. Have everyone pour their own colorful pancake and see who picked the best color combination. And for those truly talented folks, practice your drawing skills with Krusteaz® pancake batter. Be sure to share your pancake talent with us on Instagram.

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Sheet Pan Pancakes

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Recipe by:
Tabitha Blue @tabithablue
3 Cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Water
Toppings, Mix-Ins of Your Choice
STEP 1

Preheat your oven to 425°F and coat an 18-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

STEP 2

Prepare 3 cups of Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix according to the package directions. Pour the batter into the pan, spreading it into an even layer.

STEP 3

Create sections in the batter and dollop, swirl and sprinkle different add-ins in each area.

STEP 4

Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes.

STEP 5


Add-In Ideas:

Honey Pancakes—drizzle honey in the batter
Yogurt/Greek Yogurt Pancakes—add in favorite yogurt
Nutty Pancakes—a mix of chopped nuts
Coffee Lovers—espresso powder
Strawberry Banana—chopped strawberries and sliced banana
Pumpkin Pancakes—pureed pumpkin and pumpkin spices
Lemon Poppyseed—lemon zest, lemon juice, and poppyseeds
Coconut Pancakes—coconut milk, topped with coconut flakes
Gingerbread Pancakes—ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses
Chocolate Pancakes—cocoa powder


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Chocolate Banana Sheet Pan Pancakes

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Recipe by:
Cosette Posko @cosetteskitchen
2 Cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1 1/3 Cup Milk
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/3 Cup Mashed Banana
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips, Divided
Optional Maple Syrup and/or Whipped Cream
STEP 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a quarter sheet pan (9x13) or a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and then a sheet of parchment paper.

STEP 2

Combine Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, milk, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until combined. *Do not over mix.

STEP 3

Fold in mashed banana and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Let batter stand for 2 minutes.

STEP 4

Pour batter into prepared sheet pan or baking dish.

STEP 5

Top with sliced banana and remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

STEP 6

Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

 

*Optional* Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of maple syrup on the top of the warm pancake after removing from the oven.

STEP 7

Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then slice into squares. Serve as is or with additional maple syrup.

STEP 8

Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

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Funnel Cakes

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Recipe by:
Christi Johnstone @lovefromtheoven
2 1/2 Cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
Oil For Frying
STEP 1

In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Whisk well until combined.

STEP 2

Add Krusteaz Pancake Mix, granulated sugar, and salt to the liquid mixture and stir to combine. Ingredients should be well incorporated, but do not over mix.

STEP 3

Add approximately 1 1/2" - 2" of oil to a heavy-bottomed fry pan, dutch oven or cast iron pan*. Heat oil to 375 degrees F. If you do not have a thermometer, you will know the oil is ready when you drop a small drop of the batter into the oil and it immediately bubbles and sizzles.

STEP 4

Add approximately 1/4 of the batter to a funnel, piping bag or squeeze bottle, with your finger covering the opening until you are ready to dispense it into the oil. Holding the funnel/bag/bottle several inches above the oil, remove your finger and swirl the batter into the oil, overlapping it on itself, until the batter is all dispensed.

STEP 5

Fry until the bottom side is golden brown, approximately 1-2 minutes, then gently turn over with tongs and fry until the second side is golden brown. Carefully remove and immediately place on a plate covered with paper towels to help drain off any extra oil. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, add toppings and serve immediately.

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Bananas Foster Pancakes

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Recipe by:
Caitlin Sakdalan @befatbehappy
1 Box Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1 Stick Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Cup Walnuts
2-3 Bananas
1/2 Cup Spiced Rum
STEP 1

Prepare pancakes per the cooking instructions on the box and set aside

STEP 2

Melt a stick of butter and add brown sugar and mix together

STEP 3

Add heavy cream and toss in bananas and walnuts and stir

STEP 4

Combine 1/2 cup of spiced rum and ignite it with a lighter and burn off the alcohol

STEP 5

Immediately top that sauce on to your pancakes and for an extra layer of fun add on a scoop of your favorite ice cream to enjoy this decadent treat

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Hot Honey Chicken Pancakes

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Recipe by:
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PREP
TOTAL TIME
SERVINGS
4
1 Cup Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
2/3 Cup Water
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Whisked Egg
4 Small Chicken Breasts
1 1/2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tsp Seasoning Salt
1/2 Cup Honey
2-3 Hot Chilis
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
STEP 1

For the pancakes:

Ingredients:

-1 cup krusteaz buttermilk pancake mix

-2/3 cup of water

Directions:

-Preheat skillet or breakfast pan over medium heat, lighly grease

-In a bowl, mix pancake mix and water until blended

-Pour desired amount of batter into skillet (or breakfast pan), cook for 2 minutes and flip. Cook other side for another 2 minutes or until golden brown

STEP 2

For the chicken:

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup all purpose flour

-1 whisked egg

-4 small chicken breasts

-1 1/2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning

-1 tsp seasoning salt

 

Directions:

-Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees

-Mix together dry ingredients (flour, Old Bay, seasoning salt)

-Beat chicken breast until you have reached the thickness you prefer

-Place the chicken breast into the dry mixture, then into the whisked egg and back into the foour mixture. Shake off the excess flour. Repeat with each chicken breast.

-Place into the air fryer and cook for 8 minutes, when 8 minutes is up flip your chicken breasts and cook for another 9 minutes or until chicken breast is 158-160 degrees.

STEP 3

Hot Honey / Maple Syrup drizzle

 

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup honey

-2-3 hot chiles

-1/2 cup maple syrup of your choice

 

Directions:

-Preheat a pan over medium/low heat

-Finely chop hot chilies to desired size

-Pour honey and hot chilies into a pan and whisk until warm, slowly whisk in maple syrup and serve

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