Monday, December 24, 2012

Birthday Party Pancake Muffins #MuffinMonday

Our Muffin Monday recipe for today was a pancake muffin with maple syrup and a streusel topping.   Which sounded delightful.  But at our house, the pancake of choice, especially when the girls had slumber parties, always included either little chocolate chips or mini M&Ms and not a drizzle of syrup.   So I decided that if I were going to make pancake muffins, I’d better do it right.

I was baking these on Saturday in preparation for posting on Monday and we were indeed celebrating a birthday, although, sadly, without a gaggle of giggling girls sleeping over.  And I learned a new term:  Golden Birthday.   I guess the whole world knows what that is but I had never heard it before.  It was my elder daughter’s Golden Birthday, which means that she turned 22 on the 22nd.  It also means that my grandmother is now 99 years old!  She and my daughter share a birthday and a special bond, as she was the first great-grandchild.   So I offer you these special birthday party pancake muffins in celebration of two very special birthdays.  Perhaps there is someone in your family that needs celebrating too?  Make them these!

For the muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vanilla sugar (or 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
3/4 cup or 150g mini M&Ms

For the topping:
1/4 cup or 50g mini M&Ms

1/2 cup or 115g Nutella

Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C.  Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin pan or fill it with paper liners.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together your buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla (if using.)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

Fold in the first lot of mini M&Ms.

Divide the batter between the muffin cups and bake about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool for about five minutes then remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely on a rack.

Fill a decorating bag with Nutella and pipe it all over the muffins.  (If you don’t have a decorating bag, put the Nutella in a Ziploc bag and cut a tiny hole in one corner.)

Top with the second lot of mini M&Ms.  Now don't those looks just like a party, but for breakfast?



  1. Oh my gosh!!! Yum!!!!!!!! Speachless!

  2. Kate | Food BabblesDecember 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    These are some serious muffins! Love them! And you're not the only one who didn't know what a Golden Birthday was. But now I know! Happy birthday to your daughter and grandmother!!

  3. All the colors make those muffins so pretty! It will be my golden birthday in January. 23 on the 23 rd. Hope your daughter enjoyed hers :)

  4. Thank you, Laura, and I hope you have a great Golden Birthday! You were born on the BEST day of the year because January 23rd is also MY birthday, although my Golden one was long looooong ago.

  5. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one, Kate! Everyone around me looked at me like I had lost my mind when I said I had never heard of a Golden Birthday. One Canadian friend told me it's an American thing! Really? Who knew! As for the muffins, there is nothing like a mini M&M or three for jazzing things up.

  6. Thank you! I was very pleased with how they turned out. :)

  7. Look at the colours of these beautiful muffins! They are everything celebrations and birthdays are about and just looking at them makes me happy :D Belated blessed birthday wishes to your daughter and mum.

  8. These look splendid! Happy birthday to your daughter and grandmother!

  9. Thank you, Jaime! I will pass on your good wishes!


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