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Playing Grant’s Pancake Cake

This pancake cake with maple cream cheese frosting from former culinary producer Grant Melton is a unique dessert any breakfast lover will appreciate. 

For more breakfast-inspired desserts, try this Lemon Waffle Cake with Berry Cream Cheese Frosting or Grant's French Toast Cupcakes.


For the cake:
  • 6 cups pancake mix
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
For the frosting:
  • 1½ sticks butter, softened
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple or vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For serving:
  • Bacon


Serves: 6-8


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix together the pancake mix, eggs and milk. Divide the batter equally between two 9-inch cake pans (8-inch will work fine too). Place into the oven and bake 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

For the frosting, beat together the butter and cream cheese. Once mixed, add in the maple syrup and maple or vanilla extract. Turn the mixer speed to low and slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar and salt. Place frosting in a piping bag with a large tip.

Once the cakes are cool, cut them through the middle to make four cake layers. Place the first layer of cake onto a cake plate and pipe a layer of frosting on top. Repeat the process with the remaining cake layers. Using an offset spatula or knife, frost the sides and top of the cake with the remaining frosting.

Before serving, decorate with fresh fruit or a drizzle of maple syrup. Slice and serve with bacon.