Birthday Traditions

My daughter’s 14th birthday was yesterday, and we started a new birthday tradition…birthday pancakes! It’s a recipe that I adapted from Rachael Ray, and these colorful pancakes are a happy way to start anyone’s birthday celebration!

birthday pancakes

Birthday Pancakes

Cake for breakfast? Why not, it's your birthday!
Servings 6
Author Kristl Story,


  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
  • powdered sugar
  • water
  • sprinkles


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  2. Preheat a non-stick electric skillet to 325.
  3. Spoon the batter onto the heated skillet making 3" pancakes - don't make them any bigger or they'll be difficult to flip!
  4. Flip after approximately 3 minutes (they won't get bubbles on the top like regular pancakes).
  5. Cook an additional 2 - 3 minutes or until done.
  6. Mix together powdered sugar and water until drizzly.
  7. Drizzle over pancakes and top with sprinkles and a candle of course!

Recipe Notes

recipe adapted from Rachael Ray


If you’re regular reader of The Budget Diet, you know that I love traditions because they are inexpensive little ways to create BIG, wonderful memories! It’s never to late to start traditions for birthdays, Easter, back-to-school or Christmas.

Beyond pancakes, there are so many wonderful (and inexpensive) birthday traditions to make your child feel special. I promise, silly little traditions will be remembered long after any toy you give.

  • Decorate their bedroom door.
  • Wake them up singing happy birthday.
  • Write Happy Birthday on the car windows.
  • Make a special dinner.

Please leave a comment to share your favorite birthday traditions.

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