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King Cake Pancakes

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King Cake Pancakes
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 12
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King Cake Pancakes

Kick off Mardi Gras with a plate of these festive pancakes.


cups Bisquick™ Original baking mix
cup milk
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon lemon zest
Red, blue, green and yellow food coloring
cup powdered sugar (for icing)
teaspoons lemon juice (for icing)
to 2 tablespoons water (for icing)
Green, yellow and/or purple sugar crystals for topping (optional)


  • 1 Mix together Bisquick™, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon zest in a large bowl until well combined.
  • 2 Divide batter equally into three separate bowls. Place a few drops of red and blue food coloring into one bowl (to create purple), green food coloring in another bowl and yellow food coloring in the third bowl. Stir in food coloring (with separate spoons for each bowl to avoid color contamination), adding more as necessary to reach desired color.
  • 3 Lightly grease a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Pour slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls of batter (with a clean spoon or ladle for each bowl to avoid color contamination) onto skillet and cook until edges are dry and bubbles begin to form on the surface.
  • 4 Turn over pancakes and cook until golden brown.
  • 5 Place cooked pancakes in stacks of alternating colors on each plate and set aside.
  • 6 Make the icing: In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice and water, adding more water as necessary to reach desired consistency (the icing should be like thick syrup). Pour icing on top of each stack of pancakes and sprinkle with colored sugar crystals, if desired.
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King Cake Pancakes

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone!

Kick off the Mardi Gras season right with a big ol’ stack of these festive King Cake Pancakes. You read right. These pancakes taste just like traditional King Cake, but in breakfast form! They’re sweet, tart, easy to make and full of deliciousness – the perfect way to celebrate Carnival.

Here’s how you make them:

Ingredients for King Cake Pancakes

First, set out and measure all your ingredients “mise en place.” You want to make sure you’ve got everything you need for the impending party in your mouth.

Whip up your batters

Next, whip up your batter, which is jazzed up with classic King Cake flavors like ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and lemon zest. Divide the batter equally into three separate bowls and get colorful with purple, green and yellow food coloring – traditional Mardi Gras colors.

Batter on hot skillet

Pour spoonfuls of each batter onto a hot greased skillet and cook until bubbles form on the surface – the telltale sign that those flapjacks are ready for flipping. Turn them over and cook until nice and golden brown. Well, as golden brown as a purple pancake can get, that is.

Place pancakes on a plate and set aside

Place pancakes on a plate and set aside. Once they’re all done cooking, stack them on a plate in alternating colors (purple, green, yellow, purple, green, yel…you get the idea), and get ready for the best part – the icing!

Close up King Cake Pancakes

Top that stack with a generous dollop of sweet, tart icing. And if that’s not enough sugar for you, top it all off with a sprinkling of colorful sugar crystals. Oh yeah. That’s how you celebrate. Now dig in and get ready to party.

Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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