December 21, 2011

Celebrate ‘Cakes


I am always looking for a reason to celebrate. For instance, today I am celebrating that I only have to work until noon and then Christmas break begins…whooohoooo!  

Although every jubilation isn’t worthy of celebration food (traditionally, cake and ice cream), this is a great recipe to keep in your pantry as a wild card meal that will make you look like a rock star when any merriment calls.

These celebrate ‘cakes are rich and decadent, and are definitely “special meal” caliber.



Made with chocolate cake batter and topped with peanut butter and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, these are kind of like eating cake and candy for breakfast.  What could be better?




I am definitely an advocate for the practice of eating everything in moderation, but once in a while it’s ok to let loose, yell “Yippee” and celebrate life.  These pancakes will definitely do the trick!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes

1 box chocolate cake mix (plus the ingredients called for on the box)

Peanut Butter

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups





Make cake mix according to box directions.  If desired, add chocolate chips to the batter for a more chocolate-y pancake, or you can add some of the chopped up Reese’s Cups for a p-nuttier flavor.




Spray griddle with non-stick spray and ladle batter onto griddle.  Flip once you see bubbles forming on the pancake surface.  Cook through on the other side.  Remove from griddle and keep warm in a 250 degree oven. 

When ready to assemble, top with natural peanut butter (easier to drizzle) and chopped Reese’s cups – the warm pancakes will start to melt the PB and Reese’s – DEELISH.  Add desired amount of syrup and enjoy every last bite!




Celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday, or just because it’s not Monday.  Whatever the reason – celebrate!  Bon appetit.





One box yields approximately 18 pancakes.  If you can’t finish the entire batch (they are pretty rich!), put in stacks of four after they have cooled.  Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.  Heat in microwave or oven for a quick weekday breakfast!

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