These birthday cake waffles are so delicious, easy to make, and perfect for a special birthday breakfast!
My daughter Lizzy celebrated her tenth birthday earlier this month, and was pretty dismayed to realize that she would have to have a second pandemic-style birthday. Last year everything shut down for us on her actual birthday, and this year we are still being extra cautious about exposure to germs since we have a new baby in the house. She had really hoped for a birthday party with friends this year, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I’m hoping we can do an outdoor celebration this summer and she can finally have the party she deserves, but for now I just gave her a list of options for the day and let her decide what she wanted to do. Since she has a somewhat bossy older sister who likes to make decisions for her, she was pretty excited to be the one in charge for the whole day!
Lizzy chose homemade birthday cake waffles for breakfast, take-out burritos and ice cream for lunch, and homemade bacon breakfast pizza for dinner, with a raspberry lemon cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. We played at the park in the afternoon, per her request, and watched her favorite movie after dinner as a family. It was probably not the most exciting birthday she has ever had, but I think she had a great time anyway. I’m excited to share some of the recipes I made for her over the next little while, since everything turned out totally delicious!
Lizzy absolutely loves anything with sprinkles, so these birthday cake waffles were the perfect special birthday breakfast for her! They taste just like cake batter, with light and fluffy middles and crisp edges. I used my mini waffle maker so she could have a tall stack of waffles on her plate, but you could easily make these in a regular size waffle maker if you prefer. This recipe makes about 4 cups of batter, which is enough for 16 mini waffles or 4 large Belgian waffles. (Since every waffle maker is different, use the recommendations for your own brand of waffle maker.) To keep the waffles more crisp, I like to preheat the oven to 200 while the waffle maker is heating. I put the cooked waffles on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet, and keep them in the warm oven while the other waffles are cooking.
I served our waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream on top (plus a few extra sprinkles!) and the birthday girl was totally thrilled. They were the perfect breakfast for celebrating our newly minted ten year old!
Birthday Cake WafflesPrint Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter cut into pieces
- 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup dry white or yellow cake mix
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup sprinkles I like to use multi-color jimmies
- Add the butter and buttermilk to a small bowl or measuring cup, and heat in the microwave for one minute and thirty seconds, or until the butter is melted. Whisk in the vanilla and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy. Add the milk mixture and stir to combine. Add the flour, cake mix, baking powder, salt, and sugar, and mix until just combined (small lumps are ok). Let sit five minutes.
- While the batter is resting, preheat your waffle iron. Stir in the sprinkles just before cooking. Add the batter and cook according to your waffle maker’s directions. For my mini waffle maker, 1/4 cup of batter cooked for 2-3 minutes was perfect.