Sleepover Food: Rainbow Pancakes

by Cate on March 22, 2010

Stack of Rainbow Pancakes

With our penchant for the occasional six-layer Rainbow Cake and fun Fourth of July cupcakes, it was only a matter of time before Rainbow Pancakes found their way into our kitchen.  I saw them on Ohdeedoh (love that site!) by way of Amanda from I Am Mommy last month and made a mental note to make them.  This past weekend, Nick had a sleepover and I thought it would be a perfect morning-after breakfast.

I didn’t tell the kids what I was doing, and as soon as they saw the pancakes, they were high-fiving each other and yelling “awesome!”  Madeline took one look at them and said “party!”  I don’t think I’ve heard her say the word party before, but love that she associated these with party.  Happy pancakes.

Pancake Batter

Very simple to make and not time consuming at all.  Maybe 20 minutes start to finish.  With one batch of basic pancake batter, I was able to get three sets of rainbow pancakes made.  Once you have your regular go-to pancake batter made, divide it into six little bowls.  I don’t use regular food coloring.  Like the Rainbow Cake, I use the coloring gel instead.  A little goes a long way and you get more vibrant colors.  You can get it from your local arts and crafts store (use those 40% off coupons that come out in Sunday’s paper).  One little drop of food coloring in each bowl and away you go.

I got three pancakes made from each color.  One suggestion, make the pancakes in the order of the colors of the rainbow, so when you’re stacking them, you’re doing them in order, without having random colored pancakes sitting on the counter while you wait to build the rainbow.  Speaking of order, the table discussion during breakfast was that I had the order wrong.  The kids swore it was green, blue, purple.  I swore it was blue, green, purple.  Leave it to me to debate with a couple of seven-year-olds.  Turns out they were right.  Now to reprogram my 39-year-old mind.  If you do three pancakes from each color bowl, they will be smaller in size, so while the kids are eating six pancakes, they’re really more like three regular size pancakes.

Side Shot of Rainbow Pancakes

I miss the days of sleepovers.  I can relive my youth vicariously through the kids now.  Staying up all night.  Giggling until the wee hours of the morning.  Gossiping.  Dares.  Nick and his friend were up until 2 am before I forced the sleep.  Hey, I need sleep too!  But until then, they talked non-stop about anything and everything.  Sleeping on the floor.  Watching a movie.  Munching on popcorn and drinking apple juice.  Good times.  Nothing but good times.

A year ago today … our visit to Bonte restaurant.
Two years ago today … the wonderful world of boys.
Four years ago today … oh that little baby face!
Five years ago today … Greek Chicken Tenders, a great weeknight meal, perfect for the kick-off to grilling season.

Project 365
March 22, 2010, Photo #67


My niece/goddaughter Sadie at the park over the weekend. Just over nine months old, she now outweighs Madeline. Gorgeous blue eyes, this little heartbreaker is now clapping and waving and making all kinds of sing-song noises and slowly making herself heard. She stood up for the first time while we were at the park, and then proceeded to trump that by trying to clap at the same time. She’s a very Zen baby, quiet, sitting back, taking it all in. Madeline was like that for the first year. Then all heck broke loose. Last week she rightfully earned the nickname Naughty Monkey. Here’s hoping Sadie’s Zen qualities last a bit longer. One Naughty Monkey is enough. For now.

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Leslie March 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

ohhh the drippy porn at its best!


Claire March 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Yep..gotta remember ROY G. BIV for those rainbow colors! :-) What a perfect and fun sleepover food.


Casey March 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

What a great idea. So colorful and fun! You are just too much.

I was wondering what those colorful cups were for…….well done!


dawn March 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

love that photo! would be stunning to see in x-large size.


Josie March 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I never would have thought to color pancakes! Your kids are so lucky to have such a creative (and willing!) Mom :)


doggybloggy March 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

total coolness with a capitol COOL!


mandy March 23, 2010 at 12:09 am

Those are beyond cool.


Merry120 March 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

Those pancakes look awesome!!!


Kristi March 23, 2010 at 3:48 am

These are so great!! My girls would absolutely love these!! Well, Riley would appreciate the colors, and Madi would just appreciate the syrup that goes on top!!! You are so creative your kids are lucky to have you as a Mom!!


Joanne March 23, 2010 at 6:13 am

ROY G. BIV – that’s how I always remember the colors of the rainbow in order. But I figured that one out in high school so your kids are way ahead of the game.

Forget a sleepover! I want these for MY breakfast. Party in my mouth.

Sadie is adorable!


Ramona March 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

How cute for a sleepover. I can see these going over well for a bunch of kids.

I have a cat that I call Monkey. He earned it by the way he bounces all over the furniture.


Christa March 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

Love it! My daughter isn’t really old enough to appreciate rainbow pancakes as anything other than just YUM pancakes, but I may have to make these for my husband to surprise him.


Patsy March 23, 2010 at 10:59 am

You are going to be the favorite house to sleepover at with those pancakes! My mom always made blueberry muffins instead of picking up donuts… made my house the favorite place to sleepover growing up!


Molly March 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

I loved reading about these on Amanda’s blog! Thanks for reminding me of them.


Debbi March 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

My kids are already asking me to make these. I’ve done rainbow cupcakes and cake but never pancakes. What a great idea, thanks!


Sarah March 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

These look adorable!


Maria March 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

What a fun way to start the day!


Amanda March 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Great job! They look fantastic!


ThatsSoYummy March 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Oh these look fabulous… will have to try my hand at them this weekend… YUMMMMMM!



grace March 25, 2010 at 6:53 am

i’ll take my pancakes in any form, as long as copious maple syrup is available. this is a fun and beautiful way for my pancake needs to be met–gorgeous work!


A Little Yumminess March 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

We did a post on pancakes as well. Mango-coconut but I will have to try these! So much fun!


Tess S. March 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

love this! i made my 3 year old a rainbow birthday cake. it was a big hit! i never thought of pancakes! great idea!


Andrea April 7, 2010 at 4:42 am

What a fabulous find! I just happen to stumble on these before Easter giving us the perfect colorful breakfast which my five year old daughter enjoyed very much!


Louise June 17, 2010 at 6:46 am

These are amazing! I made them, but tried to substitute more ‘natural’ food colourings, sadly though, they didn’t turn out as vibrant as yours. I used a homemade concentrated beetroot colouring for the red. I also used a homemade colouring made from nettles for the green, which looked really cool and didnit effect the flavour. I was a bit stumped as for what to do for the other colours, so I just ended up with reds and greens! Do you have any ideas for natural food colourings?


Amanda September 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi dear… would you be willing to update the link to i am mommy to reflect the actual rainbow pancake post?

Would appreciate it. :)

Thank you!


Stephanie February 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love food and I love rainbows. I somehow found this post and I am in love! :) I will be making this for my kiddos soon!!


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