You may not have ever made a pancake mix cake before, but you have to try this delicious and fun dessert with the sweet, nutty flavor of graham crackers, made quick and easy to prepare by utilizing pancake mix and other basic ingredients and drizzled with a creative graham cracker buttercream glaze!
So why use pancake mix to bake a cake? I think the better question, is why NOT use pancake mix to bake a cake? LOL
The truth is, this is a great shortcut to use when you don't happen to have a boxed cake mix in the house, but are looking to make a quick and easy dessert that is just a little more special than a regular cake.
Many moms I know consider graham crackers to be a pantry staple. They are great for snacks or desserts, and can be used as an ingredient for lots of different breakfast and dessert recipes. In fact, right now I am working on a recipe for graham cracker oatmeal!
I almost always have a box of graham crackers in the house. And in fact, I have used graham crackers in recipes before. Check out my Graham Cracker Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup for a great breakfast recipe, and for snack/dessert recipes, head over to see my 2 Minute Apple Pie Crunch or these cute and delicious Lunchbox S'mores.
I even use graham cracker crumbs to add some crunchy pizzazz to my better-for-you Chocolate Zucchini Cake!
Top Questions About Pancake Mix Cake
Can I substitute a non-dairy milk for the milk in the recipe?
Yes, use one cup of non-dairy milk instead of one cup of regular milk. I think a vanilla almond milk would work really well. Note that you may need to add a little sugar as well if you use a non-sweetened non-dairy milk.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free or vegan?
I am sure there is a way to do that using various substitutions. Because I'm not an expert in either of those areas, I am not really able to give you the best way to make those substitutions. I would recommend searching for cake recipes that are developed with those dietary constraints already in mind.
Can I make this pancake mix cake ahead of time and freeze it?
Yes! Freeze the cake after it is baked and cooled, but don't prepare the glaze until you are ready to thaw and serve the cake. Make sure you take the proper precautions to prevent freezer burn, such as using a good storage container.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, you can double it. I haven't tested this variation specifically, but it is likely you will need to increase the baking time. I recommend increasing it to 30 minutes and then checking it to see if it needs even more extra time.
Can I cut the recipe in half?
I wouldn't really recommend halving the recipe, as the cake will be really little and would get dried out in the oven. It might be a better idea to make the whole recipe, and then cut it in half after it is baked and cooled and store the half you aren't going to use in the freezer.
I don't have a bundt pan. Is there one you recommend?
I love this bundt pan from Nordic Ware. The handles make it super-easy to get it in and out of the oven and to invert it over a serving plate to remove the cake from the pan.
And here's another delicious dessert you can make with your bundt pan - this Pistachio Bundt Cake is made with pistachio pudding and is absolutely scrumptious!
Pancake mix cake is awesome! Are there other recipes out there?
Yes, here are a few others that look delicious!
- Yellow Cake Made with Baking and Pancake Mix from Pamela's Products
- Blueberry Pancake Cake from Spicy Southern Kitchen
- Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Coffee Cake from Her Modern Kitchen
- Pancake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies from Lynn's Way of Life
Would you like to make this pancake mix cake gluten free? Whip up this 1 minute gluten free pancake mix and use gluten free graham crackers in this recipe!
Pancake Mix Cake with Graham Crackers
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Pancake Mix Cake With Graham Crackers
For the cake
- 2 cups pancake mix (I used Bisquick)
- 3 sheets graham crackers (crushed)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 sheet graham crackers (crushed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk (use more if needed)
- ½ cup chopped pecans (for garnish, optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare bundt pan by spraying with non-stick baking spray.
- Combine all the cake ingredients and pour into the bundt pan.2 cups pancake mix, 3 sheets graham crackers, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze by beating the butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.2 tablespoons butter, ½ cup confectioner's sugar
- Add the graham cracker crumbs and vanilla and beat for another minute.1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 sheet graham crackers, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add the almond milk a little at a time while continuing to beat, until the glaze is still thick but able to drizzle slowly off the end of a spoon and leave a trail in the bowl (i.e. it doesn't immediately get absorbed back into the rest of the glaze).2 tablespoons milk
- Once the cake is baked, cool for about 10 minutes and then invert the bundt pan onto a serving plate to remove the cake. Drizzle the glaze over the cake just prior to serving. Sprinkle with chopped pecans for garnish if desired.½ cup chopped pecans
- If you would like to use non-dairy milk, use one cup of your alternative milk instead of one cup of regular milk. I think a vanilla almond milk would work really well. Note that you may need to add a little sugar as well if you use a non-sweetened non-dairy milk.
- You can make this ahead of time and freeze it. Freeze the cake after it is baked and cooled, but don't prepare the glaze until you are ready to thaw and serve the cake. Make sure you take the proper precautions to prevent freezer burn, such as using a good storage container.
- If you are feeding a crowd, you may want to double this recipe. I haven't tested this variation specifically, but it is likely you will need to increase the baking time. I recommend increasing it to 30 minutes and then checking it to see if it needs even more extra time.
- If you are looking for a smaller sized dessert, you may be tempted to try cutting this recipe in half. I wouldn't really recommend that, as the cake will be really little and I think it would get dried out. It might be a better idea to make the whole recipe, and then cut the cake in half after it is baked and cooled, and store the half you aren't going to use in the freezer.
- If you are looking for something gluten-free or vegan, I would recommend searching for cake recipes that are developed with those dietary constraints already in mind. My apologies, but since I am not an expert in either of those areas, I am not really able to give you the best way to make those substitutions.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
Can I make this in microwave oven as I don't have a normal oven
Hi Uzma, I don't really recommend making this in a microwave as they cook so unevenly. I'm sorry! You could definitely try it if you really want to, but I wouldn't know how to tell you to adjust the recipe because it's just not something I have ever experimented with. Honestly I don't even have an appropriate cake pan for a microwave so that would be my first issue. I hope you are able to find something else that will work for your purposes!
Can we make this cake without the Graham crackers? What is the purpose of the crackers? Hoping to make this tonight. Thank you.
I think you can make it without the graham crackers but you may want to add some extra pancake mix to make up for the difference in dry ingredient amounts. However please note that I haven't tried it so I can't be certain that it will turn out! Good luck and I hope it works out!
So amazing, It's delicious.I made it for my family last night, we loved this pancake mix cake. Thanks for your sharing and wait a new recipe from you!
Judith A. Graber
Such an interesting post- pancake mix and graham crackers in the cake! You say it works - that's the beauty of having blogs where others have tried out the recipe. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!
How interesting! I've never heard of using pancake mix to bake cake before. Thank you for sharing Kristin, it's looks nice 🙂
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week and hope to see you at next week's party!
Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing! x
Jersey Girl Cooks
Great idea! I think I will have to try this!