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Tips for the Perfect Rainbow Pancake! #pancakes #rainbow

How to Make Rainbow Pancakes

Here are a few tips!

Have lots of bowl on hand.  By far the most time-consuming part of rainbow pancakes is creating six batters in six different bowls.  I suggest enlisting the little ones in the entire process and then allow them to help with clean up afterward.  I have found that this helps them understand that this is a “special” event and not something we do every day.

Tips on how to make the Perfect Rainbow Pancakes! #pancakes #rainbow

Cook low and slow. I often cook my rainbow pancakes at 250 degrees F on the griddle.

Do not use butter to grease pan.  I do not use anything to prepare the pan, I simply use a griddle that is non-stick.

Tips on how to make the Perfect Rainbow Pancakes! #pancakes #rainbow

Make all of one color at once.  I prepare all of the pinks, then the orange, then so on.  I place finished pancakes on a warming plate in the oven, and that way I can serve all of the pancakes hot and in rainbow color order!

If you want to make a shape you can place batter into a pastry bag and cut off a tiny bit of the corner.  Make an outline and then quickly fill the shape in.   This can be especially fun with you have so many different colors!

I do not recommend using a cookie cutter to get the designed shape you want.  The average person (like me!) does not have 5 of one shape cookie cutter, so this means you are making one pancake at a time.  You also need to spray the cookie cutter before each use and be careful because it gets very hot!  I have yet to find a way to make this method be efficient.

Use a “good” recipe.  I put good in quotations because what I really mean is use a recipe that is ideal for creating beautiful looking pancakes.  The following recipe is one that tastes delicious but is slightly runnier.  When you are making colorful pancakes you do not want them to get too brown, so having a pancake that will cook faster (and therefore allow you to flip sooner) is ideal.  This recipe uses a lot of baking powder so it still fluffs up nicely.

If you want to make sure your pancake is done, let them cook on one side a bit longer.  It is just fine if one side is more brown, just serve that side down.

Tips on how to make the Perfect Rainbow Pancakes! #pancakes #rainbow

Use good food coloring.  With this recipe specifically, you can use liquid food coloring with great success!  It’s also a great time to get your teacher hat on with the kids and help them to figure out what colors you need to combine to achieve orange and purple and green.

Enjoy the process.  Most of all, enjoy this time in the kitchen with your little ones.  They grow up so fast!

Tips for the Perfect Rainbow Pancake! #pancakes #rainbow
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perfect rainbow pancakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
I am sharing tips on how you can great the Perfect Rainbow Pancake.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Pour in milk, egg and oil and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the batter onto the heated griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Pour in milk, egg and oil and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the batter onto the heated griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake.

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Reader Comments

  1. I won your book in one of your contests and received it yesterday. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I can’t wait to bake my first ‘surprise inside’ cake! 🙂

  2. When I see your rainbow pancakes I can’t help thinking that they should be served with fruit syrup instead of maple syrup.

  3. I just keep staring at the pictures of these. The pancakes and your shots of them are simply lovely.

    I went back and looked at the “controversial” version, and just had to roll my eyes at the people who left you such nasty comments. Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet allows ignorance to run amok. I don’t envy them the bubble they live in.

    Pay it no heed and keep your inspiring, creative, and thoughtful posts coming.

  4. Amanda, I jumped over from Sweet Paul and I’ll tell you that this is one of the sweetest ideas I’ve ever seen. So pretty and fun! My nieces will love to create these this summer when they are here for vacation. I went back and read all the nasty comments, too. It’s just ridiculous that people go to such lengths to be mean spirited. I blog and haven’t had to deal with the meanies yet and hope I never do. I have been appalled at other bloggers who’ve been attacked out of ignorance. Your book looks wonderful, I’m definitely going to order it and then enjoy your beautiful creations.
    And then I will eat cake, cake, cake. And pancakes, of course! 🙂
    New fan and follower!
    Have a great weekend,

  5. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for posting. I’m not even sure how I ended up coming across the original technicolor pancakes recipe (which I was not offended by whatsoever, ppl are nutzo) and got to this one…but I am so glad I did. We had a family effort making these today and it was a blast. Not to mention oh so yummy! The task seemed a bit daunting looking at all the bowls but this was easier than I thought. And I’m pretty sure it was because I had my hubby and son there sharing the fun with me 🙂 When usually, I’m in the kitchen cooking and they’re in another room. I am still smiling about our rainbow pancake experience this afternoon, so thank you!!! They were delish! I wish I could post a couple pics

  6. I love your Rainbow Pancakes! I can’t wait to make them for my neice & nephew. As for the “haters”? what a bunch of idiots! Ignore them….

  7. I adore your recipes, ideas, creativity, but most importantly your dedication to your child/ren! Unfortunately, in today’s society everybody is always going to have an opinion. Apparently parents no longer teach the values “If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all” If someone doesn’t like what you’ve post they could leave vs ridiculing you. Or have some creativity and modify the recipe to suit personal preference vs. Bullying you. (EX: If the gripe is the artificial dye, use pureed fruits and/or vegetables for coloring. Depending on selection: you get a nutritional boost, your color effect and a flavor enhancement. Oddly, spinach can be pureed and put in to the majority of dessert, breakfast and snack dishes without it affecting the flavor (fresh anyways I haven’t tried frozen or canned) it will change the color though Lol.. So if you’re not going for groovy green… Don’t be trying to sneak spinach into your children’s vanilla pudding, you’ll both learn something. I think your wonderful. In today’s society a lot of people don’t bake from scratch anymore or engage with their children. Social media is far superior, which is disheartening. Yes, Everyone has and is entitled to their own opinion; however there is a vast difference between constructive criticism and demeaning/deflaming ridicule. Take it with a grain of salt, you know you’re better than their “words” most importantly your children know it. As long as your child is smiling and you’re trying, that is all anyone can do or ask of you. Everyone else should mind their ps and qs, “sticks and stones” Take care. Thank you for the new recipes to provide amazing memories in the kitchen with my kiddos 🙂 It’s our favorite place to make creations… Edible and science… Lol.

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