Introduction: How to Make Superhero Pancakes

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How can you possibly improve fried bread slathered in butter and syrup? Superheros, that's how. You may not be able to shoot webs from your hands or have an angst-filled romance with a beautiful actress, but with these three easy steps, you can be a hero to your kids. Or your grandma. Or whoever's sitting at your table with syrup at the ready.

This instructable will show you how to make Batman, Spiderman, and Superman pancakes. But you're a creative individual. Wih this technique in hand, you can make whatever pancake your little heart (or stomach) desires. You are Michelangelo. Here are some paints:

Step 1: Arm Yourself

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Make your favorite pancake batter. Use your normal consistency, but err on the side of too runny rather than too thick.

Put some of the batter in some sort of squeezable container. It could be an old mustard bottle, a syringe, a plastic bag with a hole in it, an icing dispenser... anything that you can squeeze a fine line of pancake batter out of.  I found the plastic bag with a hole too difficult to work with, so I ended up using a mustard bottle.

Step 2: Draw

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Draw your design on a hot pan.

I repeat: your pan should be hot. The idea is for your design to cook longer than the rest of the pancake (so it gets darker).

TIP 1: Don't use no-stick spray if you can help it. The no-stick spray leads to a mottled appearance on the pancake, which kindof ruins the effect of your design. And if you're using a teflon coated pan, you don't really need it.

TIP 2: If you are doing a design with letters, or any design that would look weird in a mirror, DRAW IT BACKWARDS on the pan. I did not do this on the Superman design, so when I flip it in step three, it looks backwards.

Step 3: Make a Pancake

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Wait a minute (or 30 seconds) for your design to cook. Then fill in the pancake and flip it like your normally would.

If you've never made a pancake before, this means that you pour some batter in a circle, wait for bubbles to form, then flip the pancake and cook the other side.

Boom! You have a superhero pancake.

Step 4: Gallery

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Here are some pictures of pancakes made this way.

Thanks for reading! If you want to see more about breakfast foods (or leather working, wood working, etc.), check out my blog or other instructables.


Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-02-12

dude this is fantastic, ive seen and tryed some of these before but never has results as good as this.

Using the old mustard tub as a dispencer is a great idea, top work

solobo (author)Jedi_zombie852016-02-12


Parker Locksmith (author)2016-02-10

Thank you for everything!!

solobo (author)Parker Locksmith2016-02-10

You're welcome :)

oscardelben (author)2016-02-10

The backward drawing helps me a lot with this! Thank you. Making this with some flower designs first.

solobo (author)oscardelben2016-02-10

Awesome! I'd love to see pictures.

solobo (author)2015-05-27


dmayer2 (author)2014-03-20

Thanks for the Heads Up on the backward drawing, and being on honest! (I would have mirrored the Superman Pics in photoshop ;)

solobo (author)dmayer22014-03-21

Ha, I did consider it...

jaymisen (author)2013-11-23

Cool idea! Thanks:)

poofrabbit (author)2013-09-17

Congratulations on your 1st prize win!

solobo (author)poofrabbit2013-09-18


Dantheplasticman (author)2013-09-04

That is a great idea, I can't wait to have the grandson over again to try it.

solobo (author)Dantheplasticman2013-09-05

Thanks, good luck!

HorrifiedOnlooker (author)2013-08-27

Cute idea. It looks as if it's kiddie approved too.

solobo (author)HorrifiedOnlooker2013-09-01

Yep, though for him, as long as it's bread it's approved ;)

Zachattack2002 (author)2013-08-26

That looks AWESOME

solobo (author)Zachattack20022013-09-01


poofrabbit (author)2013-08-26

I love these! Thanks for sharing!

solobo (author)poofrabbit2013-09-01

No problem.

Znaffi (author)2013-08-26

Wow, that is creative! :D

solobo (author)Znaffi2013-09-01

Thanks; my mom used to do these without the squirt bottle to make Mickey Mouse pancakes.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-08-26

These are so cool! I swear, doing something like this makes the pancakes taste even better!

solobo (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-09-01

Ha yep; it does indeed.

thebeatonpath (author)2013-08-27

My kids will LOVE this! I already use a bottle to squirt out this mix, so I'm halfway there. Thanks for the inspiration!

solobo (author)thebeatonpath2013-09-01

You're welcome, let me know how they turn out.

rahkshi95 (author)2013-08-27

This is brilliant! I am so doing this next time I make pancakes. Most DEFINITELY a winner in the "Play With Your Food" contest!

solobo (author)rahkshi952013-09-01

Ha thanks! My mom used to do this to make Mickey Mouse pancakes.

snotty (author)2013-08-27

Aw yiss... This is awesome!

solobo (author)snotty2013-09-01


bwsandman (author)2013-08-27

never would have guessed. great job.

solobo (author)bwsandman2013-09-01


Zachary4801 (author)2013-08-28

I am so doing this

fractalVisionz (author)2013-08-27

I've also used cinnamon and sugar for drawing on the top side before flipping. It can produced the same patterns, but with a sweeter taste! Mickey mouse is a favorite, with cinnamon ears, eyes, and nose for kids.

lbrewer42 (author)2013-08-27

I see Starfleet pancakes coming to my house in the near future.

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jerjod (author)2013-08-27


gzank6 (author)2013-08-27

these are cool... my brother in law does these... saw on some cooking show.

grey_starr (author)2013-08-27

Backwards Superman S is for his nemesis Bizarro!

doccat5 (author)2013-08-27

Too cool!

InfiniTTTy (author)2013-08-27

Love it!

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