Rainbow Pancakes

Rainbow Pancakes


Serves 4


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (500ml) milk
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • food colouring, various
  • butter (for greasing)


Step 1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add flour, baking powder, bicarb and lemon juice and whisk until smooth.

Step 2. Divide batter between 7 small bowls

Step 3. Colour each bowlful of batter with the food colouring to create your desired colours. I chose the classic colours from the rainbow song – red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue.

Step 4. In a large frypan, melt a little of the butter over gentle heat. Beginning with one colour, spoon batter to create four pancakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook for a further minute. Remove to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining coloured batters. Serve in stacks with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Rainbow pancakes

  • These pancakes have a boost of raising agents – flat pancakes won’t show up the colour spectrum nearly as well.
  • You could make a simplified version with fewer colours.
  • Seek out natural food colourings if you are concerned about additives.
  • Sprinkle freshly cooked pancakes with fresh lemon juice and a dusting of caster sugar.
  • Maple syrup is always a favourite to serve with pancakes, but our Managing Editor's favourite are these orange syrup pancakes.
  • If you prefer a slightly fluffier pancake, some people swear you need buttermilk, which apparently traps air bubbles more effectively than this basic pancake recipe.
  • If your family is adventurous, try Kidspot's 2-ingredient pancakes. Some families swear by them, while others express disdain at the idea of eggs mixed with mashed banana.
  • Chocoholics can delight in our chocolate pancake recipe, or even tempt themselves with a choc chip pancake recipe.
  • If your household loves pancakes every weekend, make up this bulk pancake recipe, which will keep in an airtight container for up to three months.
  • This caramel banana recipe is a delicious accompaniment to any batch of pancakes, as is this peaches and custard topping.
  • Wholemeal apple pancakes or berry pancakes with yoghurt are a great way to add a dash of nutritious fruit to a weekend treat breakfast. And don't forget blueberry pancakes. Yum!
  • Red velvet pancakes are a nice twist on plain ol' pancakes – try serving these for Valentine's Day or just to show your family how much you love them.
  • Adorbs! Try making these Santa pancakes for a Christmas treat breakfast or these teddy pancakes just for fun.
  • This recipe was created for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder by Greer Worsley, who blogs at Typically Red.

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