Strawberry Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Cake Recipe Plus Pancake & Syrup Brand Comparison

This Labor Day weekend I provided my children with an opportunity they’ve never been presented with before.  They got to compare products (content, taste and price) and tell me which they think is the best value.  Then they got to make a Strawberry Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Cake Recipe {using the compared products} that was unbelievably delicious!

For the most part, I buy items that are tried and true in our family or that *I* have deemed will give us the best value and taste for our dollar or that are the most nutritious.  This time, they got to decide.

Since my kids are big pancake fans, I decided that it would be fun to compare pancake and syrup mixes.  I purchased the products at Smart & Final and then let my kids compare the back of the boxes of pancake mix and syrup bottles, let them help me prepare the pancakes and then decide based on taste, which brand packed the best punch overall!

It was a super fun experiment because my kids learned a lot while not feeling like the lesson was didactic!  {{score!}}  Plus, the comparison ended with full bellies, and who can complain about that?

We made an amazing recipe that was a mix of two recipes that both looked scrumptious on their own right.  I combined them and doubled the flavor factor.  The end result was so good it should be criminal. 

Strawberry Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Cake

Strawberry Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Cake Recipe

{Inspired by The Confused Homemaker’s Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancake Recipe and by Created by Diane’s Pancake Cake Recipe}


  • 3 cups of First Street Brand Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1/3 granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 TSBP lemon juice
  • Strawberry Frosting
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries


  • Make 3 cups of First Street Buttermilk Pancake Mix batter as directed on back of bag.
  • Add one cup of Ricotta Cheese to mixture.
  • Add 2 TBSP of lemon juice
  • Add 2 tsp of vanilla
  • Mix together
  • Mix in 1.5 cups of blueberries
  • Mix together gently and then cook on griddle.

Layering Instructions:

  • Reserve at least 6 golden grilled pancakes to make your cake.
  • Make Strawberry Frosting with any recipe you like.  Here’s Diane’s Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.  Luckily child #2 had made cream cheese frosting with fresh strawberries the day before our adventure so we got to skip this step!
  • Start with a pancake.  Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting on the pancake.  Then add some sliced  strawberries.  Repeat with 5 more pancakes, alternating with blueberries and strawberries.  For the top layer slather in frosting and then use strawberries and blueberries to top the pancake cake off.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy.

Here’s what we found:

The ingredients in the First Street Buttermilk Pancake Mix and Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix was very similar.  The First Street Buttermilk Pancake Mix is about $1.50 less than the Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancake Mix for a 5 lb. bag/box.  The Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancake has a lighter, fluffier consistency while the First Street Buttermilk Pancake Mix produced a pancake that was a bit denser than the Aunt Jemima pancake.  No matter how many times we tried to find a taste difference between the First Street Buttery Pancake Syrup and the Aunt Jemima Butter Rich Syrup, we couldn’t.  We thought they tasted the same.  For a difference of almost $2.00 a bottle however, the First Street Buttery Pancake Syrup was the clear winner!

I’d love for you to view our Pancake Brand Comparison on Google +!

Psst….Smart and Final is having a !   Join the #SFTasteTest party from September 5th to the 19th and have the chance to win almost a $1000 in prizes!

To find out more about Smart and Final, look for them on Twitter or Facebook.

Other Recipes You Might Enjoy:

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias


About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. Next time I expect a taste test invite. Those look delicious!

  2. I love fruit with my pancakes, but this is incredible! The ricotta in it sounds wonderful.

  3. Seriously, amazing. That is the only word I have for this, lol. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try it!