Funfetti Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy and piled high, these vanilla iced funfetti buttermilk pancakes are the sweetest way to wake up in the morning!

stack of funfetti buttermilk pancakes topped with vanilla icing and sprinkles on a white plate with a fork

Remember when I told you my absolute favorite breakfast on the planet is eggs benedict? Preferably from scratch on a lazy Sunday morning with mimosas and friends at the kitchen table. Is there truly anything better?

Yes. And it starts with the letter F and ends with unfetti. Funfetti buttermilk pancakes piled high with smooth ‘n sweet vanilla icing.

funfetti pancake batter with sprinkles in a red bowl

stack of funfetti buttermilk pancakes topped with vanilla icing and sprinkles on a white plate with a fork

I use my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe as the base for this funfetti version. I love this basic pancake recipe because it makes the fluffiest, softest, most tender buttermilk pancakes I’ve ever had. This recipe is my all-star pancake recipe and I published it (with lots of blueberries!) in my cookbook earlier this year. Have you tried them yet?

I changed the recipe ever so slightly by adding a touch more flour and sugar, a little almond extract, extra vanilla extract, and a whole lotta sprinkles. The extracts, along with the melted butter, gives these pancakes a buttery cake batter taste that will make your head spin. Paired with the sweet vanilla icing, it’s absolutely considered dessert. At breakfast time. You are welcome.

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Because there are so many brightly colored sprinkles going into this pancake batter, let me take a moment to emphasize how important it is to avoid over-mixing.

Overmixing your pancake batter will turn it a putrid purple/green/brown from all the sprinkles’ color. Not at all appetizing. You see those golden and white pancakes above? I had to use the lightest hand folding in the sprinkles. It’s possible to do, so just take your time. Stirring the sprinkles is not a race. Sloooooow and steady. Also! Overmixing will give your pancakes a dense, tough texture. A far, far cry from the fluffy stack of rainbow pancakes you see here today. Yuck.

As you may have caught on by now, these are buttermilk pancakes. Buttermilk is an imperative ingredient. Buttermilk’s lactic acid, as well as its quiet tangy flavor, is required in this buttermilk pancake recipe. I used low fat; full fat is just fine.

I finish the pancakes off with the aforementioned vanilla icing. I halved my original vanilla icing recipe because you don’t need as much for topping these pancakes. The sweet buttery pancakes are amazing even without the vanilla icing on top (and this is coming from a pancake condiment junkie). The extra sprinkles on top, however, are obviously necessary.

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Let’s eat!

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stack of funfetti buttermilk pancakes topped with vanilla icing and sprinkles on a white plate with a fork

Funfetti Buttermilk Pancakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 11-12 pancakes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Fluffy and piled high, these vanilla iced funfetti buttermilk pancakes are the sweetest way to wake up in the morning!


Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 6 Tablespoons (90g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more butter for greasing)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (480ml) buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or to taste)
  • 2/3 cup (125g) rainbow sprinkles (not nonpareils)*

Icing

  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 Tablespoons (15-30ml) milk
  • extra rainbow sprinkles for serving

Instructions

  1. Melt the 6 Tablespoons of butter first. Microwave or stovetop – either is fine. Set aside to slightly cool. You absolutely do not want it piping hot.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts together until combined. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk by hand gently to combine the ingredients. The batter is thick and a few lumps may remain. Very very gently, fold in the rainbow sprinkles using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Taste the batter. If you want to add more almond (or vanilla) extract, go ahead.
  4. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with butter. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with butter for each pancake or batch of pancakes.
  5. Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200°F (93°C) oven until all pancakes are cooked. Quickly whisk the icing ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth. Start with 1 Tablespoons of milk and add 1 more to thin out, if necessary.
  6. Serve pancakes immediately with icing and extra sprinkles on top. (Though I love them even without the icing!)

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months. Reheat as desired.
  2. Buttermilk: Though I typically suggest a DIY buttermilk option using regular milk and vinegar/lemon, I highly recommend real buttermilk. I used low fat buttermilk, but full fat works too. I do not suggest any substitutions. Try using any extra buttermilk in any of these recipes.
  3. Sprinkles: Use rainbow sprinkles/jimmies. Do not use nonpareils (which are the little balls) – they are prone to bleeding their color no matter how lightly you fold them into batter. I typically buy my sprinkles in bulk from here if you are interested.
  4. Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction Cookbook Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes recipe

Keywords: sprinkle pancakes, funfetti pancakes

110 Comments

  1. Chineka @ Savor The Baking says:

    These pancakes look great and fun to eat. I also love how the recipe is simple.

  2. Wow, gorgeous view and delicious looking pancakes! What more is in life than this wonderful combo? I’m so glad you’re having a splendid time in Hawaii, Sally! I can’t wait to see more photos when you get back 🙂

    1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden says:

      Gorgeous is just the right word. And that vanilla glaze on top?!? And as much as I love these pancakes….and sprinkles, I think if I was in Hawaii, I’d be ordering out! hehe.

  3. Sally hope you guys are having a wonderful time and I am making these pancakes for our weekend treat!! Such gorgeous looking!

  4. wow! what a great start to the morning! I would be so energetic if I started every morning with these xD

  5. YUM! I’ve honestly never been so tempted to try one of your pancake recipes. These look amazing! Cannot wait to try- no occasion necessary! 🙂

  6. Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    These look so THICK and perfect Sally, thanks for sharing! Hope you’re having an awesome honeymoon!

  7. Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughts says:

    I would be SO happy if someone got me a 7lb jug of sprinkles, it would quite possibly be the best gift ever, so I completely agree with you 😉 These look delicious! I’m more of a waffle person than pancakes but sprinkles can make me try anything! Keep having fun, that view looks AH-MAZING, so jealous!!

  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    I’m so glad you’ve been having a wonderful honeymoon!!

    and these pancakes are so pretty and happy and look DELICIOUS! especialllyyyyy that glaze!

  9. So cute, Sally. The other day I met someone who said he didn’t like sprinkles, and I was like…what?! I had no idea such people existed! What’s NOT to like?? Anyway, these are lovely and look delicious, so maybe it’s my duty to convert him 😉 The polka-dot plate is such a great touch, too. I’m glad you are enjoying yourself! I’m sure it will be sad to leave, but you can always come back 😀

    1. I don’t trust those who “do not like sprinkles.”

  10. The pictures from Hawaii are stunning! I guess I’ll have to console myself for being in a not-so-stunning place with these pancakes 🙂

  11. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Now this is one happy breakfast! Loving this pancakes!

  12. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen says:

    There really is something so special about Kauai! And how fun are these pancakes?!? My boys would just love it if they woke up to these on their birthday. They really do scream celebration!

  13. jenna @ just j.faye says:

    I would not complain about eating these every morning… or afternoon or night. Also, your Hawaii pictures are gorgeous!

  14. Lauren Copeland says:

    My daughter LOVES sprinkles on anything! I cant wait to try out this recipe… maybe with Halloween sprinkles! 🙂

    1. Sounds perfect. Let me know how you and your daughter like them, Lauren!

  15. This looks so yummy and delicious, making me so hungry.
    Kate x

  16. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time on your honeymoon! I would love to wake up to a stack of warm, fluffy funfetti pancakes!

  17. Linda @ Veganosity says:

    Wow! These are definitely festive!!! Although, I feel a sugar coma coming on just looking at those beautiful pictures – haha! Enjoy the last few days of your honeymoon in Hawaii.

    1. They are incredibly sweet, that’s for sure. But equally awesome. Thanks Linda!

  18. Eve @ Baking the Day says:

    These look amazing, Sally. I hope you are having a wonderful honeymoon with Kevin. All the best! x

  19. Holy smokes! What I wouldn’t give for a big stack of these right now!!!! And using almond extract– freaking genius. Hope you are having a blast on your Honeymoon! Congrats again 🙂

  20. These are ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!!! I can’t wait until breakfast to cook them! This is supper tonight! Love pancakes for supper!

    And Hawaii is gorgeous!!!!!!!

  21. Marina @ Cosmetics & Crumbs says:

    I am so in the mood for some of these gorgeous funfetti pancakes RIGHT NOW. They look delicious! I’m so glad you’re having an amazing honeymoon, Sally!

  22. Im sure your furry friend will be glad to have you back.
    Im definitely making these pancakes when the niece is here in couple weeks. She loves pancakes and colorful sprinkles!!

  23. Yum! 😀 These are paradise pancakes. I can’t wait to make them for birthdays! Hawaii looks beautiful!! The water there is just gorgeous.

  24. Mahdiya - "Madz's Kitchen' says:

    Oh yum! I would love a bite!

  25. these are so super fun! i can’t wait to try them 🙂 hope you are having a BLAST on your honeymoon and enjoying every minute!! 🙂

  26. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    These look fabulous Sally! You look like you’re having such a fabulous honeymoon. Congrats again!!

  27. Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    Incredible! Birthday cake pancakes! They look so fun, I just want to dive right in!

  28. These look perfect for a 30th bday celebration. Someone tell Eddie

    1. I’ll tell him!!

  29. Oh my gosh. So fun. Would be perfect for a breakfast after a sleepover with a group of girls!

  30. Alexa @ simpleeatsfood.com says:

    This is seriously feeding my Funfetti addiction. The perfect celebratory breakfast for anything! Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon!!

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