Rainbow Pancakes

If you’re a pancake lover, then you’re going to want to listen up!

I just got my hands on this amazing cookbook called Stack Happy, featuring 70 delicious pancake recipes. My friend Karly Campbell is the author and creator of the book, and she also has an amazing blog, Buns In My Oven too!  Her cookbook is full of everything from classic pancake recipes to dessert pancakes and even savory style pancakes! There really is a pancake recipe for everyone!

As soon as I flipped through the book my eye immediately caught hold of these amazing Rainbow Pancakes!

Rainbow Pancakes

What I thought was super neat was that these pancakes are actually flavored and colored with gelatin powder!!

I couldn’t wait to try them out.

Rainbow Pancakes

First of all, the pancake batter was super simple to whip up. It was light and airy and I knew it was going to make some amazingly fluffy pancakes.

My kids loved helping me separate the batter into 6 bowls and mixing in the gelatin powder. The smells were awesome!

Rainbow Pancakes

In the book, Karly does suggest adding a few drops of food coloring to enhance the colors. The first one we mixed up was grape (purple) and it was really light in color, so I added… ahem… way too much purple food coloring. oops.

Then came the blue, and I added just a drop or two.

The rest are just colored with the gelatin and I love the subtle hues that they produced.

Rainbow Pancakes

If you’re looking for ultra light and fluffy pancakes, these ones are definitely a winner.

Karly talks about how much she loves the super puffy pancakes, and the key to making them that way in her cookbook. I’ve had her book sitting on my counter for a few weeks now and every time someone comes over to visit they immediately grab the book and start flipping through the pages. It’s gorgeous photography and mouthwatering recipes make this book a non-stop page turner.

Rainbow Pancakes

My kids have already picked out several recipes for me to try over the next few weekends, and I have several recipes I’m dying to try as well.

These Rainbow Pancakes were a huge hit with the kids. I especially liked the fluffy frosting that went on top!

Rainbow Pancakes

How fun would these be for dessert on St. Patrick’s Day!

Now that’s a rainbow I’d love to chase!

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layers of rainbow colored pancakes topped with white frosting and sprinkles
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Rainbow Pancakes with Fluffy Frosting

Rainbow Pancakes are fun and delicious way to change up your regular old pancakes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 336 kcal
Author: Karly Campbell


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flavored gelatin powder, all from one box, or 2 tsp each from 6 different colored boxes

For the frosting:

  • 8 tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined but still slightly lumpy.
  • If you're making one color and flavor of pancakes, stir the 1/4 cup of gelatin powder into the pancake mix.
  • If you're making rainbow pancakes, place 1/2 cup of batter into 6 separate bowls. Stir 2 tsp of one flavor of gelatin powder into one bowl. Repeat with the remaining flavors and colors.
  • Spray your cooking surface with nonstick cooking spray and place 1/4 cup of the pancake batter in the pan.
  • Cook for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining pancakes.

To make the Frosting:

  • Beat together the butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in the salt and powdered sugar until well combined. Add the heavy cream, a little at at time, to reach the consistency you desire.
  • Spread frosting on the pancakes and serve.
From the delicious cookbook: Stack Happy


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: frosting, jello, Pancakes, rainbow
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disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I was provided a copy of Stack Happy for free, but was not required to write a post about it. All thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
7 Responses
  1. Karly

    Oh my gosh, Shawn! These photos are just stunning!! I absolutely love them!

    And THANK YOU so much for the kind words about my book! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it and really appreciate you taking the time to share! You’re the best! <3

  2. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Oh my! These look like so much fun to make. I don’t have any kiddos in my house, but I could see myself having way too much fun with the colors. Do the pancakes soak in the flavors of the jello, or is it mostly for color? I adore the blue and purple ones!

    1. Shawn

      The jello does flavor them slightly. I imagine if I used more of the gelatin powder the flavor would be more apparent, but I don’t know how the texture would be at that point.

  3. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I love pancakes. This is THE most fun pancake recipe I’ve seen in awhile. From the recipe the
    the pancakes don’t give up taste for the fun part.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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