Fun Pancake Art for Kids (and Dads)
Do you want to feel like Dad (or Mom) of the year? Well, this probably won’t win you the parent of the year award, but it will definitely make your kiddo smile. That’s pretty much the same thing, isn’t it? That smile that makes the worst day just wither away. Yep, that’s the one! Anyway, I was talking to a friend and he mentioned making Mickey Mouse pancakes for his daughter. Intrigued, I asked him what he was talking about. Do they have Mickey Mouse pancakes I’m unaware of? His daughter is just a few months older than my son and they are both Ga-Ga for Mickey! You know you’re the parent of a toddler when you can sing all the words to the Hot Dog Dance! My buddy explained that he simply uses a squeeze bottle to “draw” designs & shapes when cooking pancakes for his daughter. Hearing how simple it sounded, I just had to give it a try. No need to call Toodles, this is so easy even Goofy could do it!
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All you need is (your Mouskatools):
–Wilton Regular Melting Decorating Squeeze Bottle. I have also seen these at Michael’s and Wal-Mart.
-Your favorite pancake mix.
Prepare the pancake mix according to the package instructions and pour it into the squeeze bottle using a funnel. Place a large pan on the stove and turn the heat on medium-low. After a few minutes, splash a bit of water in the pan with your fingers to test if it’s hot enough. If you hear a sizzle, you’re ready to cook. Don’t forget to spray the pan with a light coat of the cooking spray. I started with a Mickey Mouse face that I found on Google. I drew it in the pan to the best of my ability and surprisingly enough, it wasn’t half bad. Make sure to wait about 30 seconds before you fill in the outline with more batter so it has a chance to brown. Let that cook until the little bubbles in the pancake mix begin to form and ‘pop’. That’s something I remember my Dad doing when he would make us pancakes for breakfast when I was a child. After what seemed like an eternity, but was in actuality only a minute, I flipped the pancake over to let the other side cook. Your pancakes should be a nice golden brown with the Mickey Mouse outline dark enough to make out who it is. Now, of course, I didn’t get it right the first time. As they say, practice makes perfect and it’s not like your pancakes are going to go to waste just because your first few portrayals of Mickey were less than desirable. After about 15 pancakes, I finally had the outline down to what I thought was a relatively decent representation of Mickey Mouse.
-Draw the outline as steady as possible with the squeeze bottle.
-Let the outline cook for about 30 seconds.
-Fill in the outline with more batter.
-Cook until the batter bubbles begin to ‘pop.’
-Flip over and cook the other side until cooked evenly to a golden brown.
-Serve to your kiddo while singing and doing the Hot Dog Dance! “Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog!” Now that will be stuck in your head all day! You’re welcome! 🙂
When I put the plate of Mickey Mouse pancakes in front of my munchkin, he was elated! He started pointing to Mickey and bouncing up and down with excitement. Funny enough, I was worried for a minute that he might not eat the pancakes because he loves Mickey so much! Luckily, he takes after his Dad and hasn’t met a pancake he doesn’t like. He actually ate more pancakes than usual. He even started hitting his Mom up for her pancakes so I had to bring him another plate.
This was a fantastic idea, that could not have been easier. I’m no artist, but I think I did okay for my first attempt. It will certainly become a Daddy tradition in our house. I can’t wait to try out more characters. The possibilities are pretty much endless. For example, you can spell out names or Happy Birthday if you want to. Just remember to write it backward so the phrase is facing the right way once you flip the pancake. Maybe practice on a piece of paper first so you have something to reference. If your kids are older, you can have them request certain characters or images on their pancakes to make it a bit more challenging. You could make a guessing game out of it and try to stump them with your artistic abilities or in my case the lack thereof. Or better yet, have your kids give it a try to make pancake faces of their own. This could also be a great opportunity to teach your children about cooking safety while helping in the kitchen.
If you’re looking for more pancake design ideas, here’s a book that lists step-by-step instructions written by a single Dad.
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I can’t wait to try these designs out! Of course, you’ll see my artistic creations in future posts.
Have you made pancake shapes before? How was your experience with it? Please share your comments and pictures below. I’d love to see what you come up with. Thanks for stopping by! See ya real soon!