I often wonder why pancake mix boxes are sold. After all, it is so easy to make pancakes. And these beautiful and cute rainbow pancakes are so easy to make. They are a big hit with kids of all age groups. You can make them for breakfast and even for a quick evening snack.

If you have little girls at home, make these rainbow pancakes for a play date. Unicorn rainbow pancakes are loved by girls and toddlers who are into the ‘my little pony’ series.

Making pancakes is all about the ratios of the ingredients. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes a breeze to make pancakes without measuring out ingredients. And then you can experiment with flavours, textures and colours too.

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The colours used for the rainbow pancakes

I always involve Tugga and Brishti (my 9 year and 4-year-olds) when I am making rainbow pancakes. I divide the batter into smaller bowls and hand over food colour to each of the kids. If you are wary of food colour, you can also use natural food colour powder. A beetroot powder would give you a lovely red or pink. Butterfly blue pea flower would give a subtle blue and if you add lemon juice to it, it will turn purple. You can make yellow with saffron and green with spinach or green peas. My kids love adding colour and mixing them up in individual bowls. Tugga is also a champion rainbow pancake maker. And I love watching him flip the pancakes with much pride.

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Rainbow Pancakes | Colourful Unicorn Pancakes

This is the best recipe for making fluffy colourful rainbow pancakes that your children will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 pancakes


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 no egg
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tbsp superfine sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-5 nos good quality food colour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Maple syrup for topping


  • Take the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix it and then make a well. Whisk an egg and add to the centre of the well.
  • Add vanilla, melted butter and 1 cup of milk.
  • Whisk it well. Add more milk if required to make a smooth batter which should be thick but of pouring consistency.
  • Divide the batter into different bowls (depending on how many food colours you have).
  • Add drops of food colour in each bowl and mix them well.
  • Take two non-stick frying pans. Heat both. When both the frying pans are hot, brush butter on both.
  • Pour pancake batter in the frying pan to 3-inch diameter. It is faster if you use two frying pans.
  • Keep the temperature low and let the pancake cook. When bubbles start to form on top, flip the pancakes.
  • After a few seconds, when the pancakes are cooked, slide them out.
  • Serve with maple syrup or honey.
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