Right away I knew this would be my next conquest. Truthfully though I thought this one would be beyond by talents and would end up looking more Picasso then awesome. I am happy to say that it is not that tricky.The below is based on what I learned from all the You Tube videos I watched and then tweaking it based on my experience.S o here is how you do it.
2 Squeeze Bottles
2 cups Pancake Mix
1-3 TBL Hot Chocolate Mix (Nesquick Powder)
Skillet or pan
Step 1. BATTER
Mix your pancake mix based on the package directions. I followed the ratio for 12-16 pancakes. This was enough to make 4 cartoon pancakes and still have some left over. I knew consistency would play a big part in the success of my pancakes. You don’t want it too thick or too runny.
Step 2. Squeeze Bottles
On-line the experts use three squeeze bottles with three different pancake mix shades. The first bottle is regular batter. The second bottles has 1TBL of hot chocolate mix. The third bottle is 2 TBL of hot chocolate mix. That is all you do to get the different shades. For this demo we are just going to use two different shades to start. It looks just as great, I promise.
Divide the batter between the two squeeze bottles. In one of the squeeze bottles put 1 TBL of hot chocolate mix and mix it up. *To blend the hot chocolate mix I used a chop stick. The chocolate mix does thicken up the batter a bit so you might want to add a little water.
*Annoying: I just grabbed the only squeeze bottles I could find from the grocery store. The opening was only a little more than an inch. Since my batter was kind of thick it was a pain to get in the bottle without making a mess. If you get squeeze bottles make sure the mouth on them is wide. The squeeze bottles Nathan Shields used were actually wide enough to put an immersion blender in to mix up the hot chocolate powder.
**Next Time I do it I might just fill pastry bags
Step 3. Pick a Design
Pick an illustration that is super simple. I did Garfield, Snoopy, “Henry” and then tried to copy one of the boy’s Legos. If drawing is not your thing I would take the image and draw it on a piece of paper first with a pencil. Seems silly but it will make it so much easier when you grab the squeeze bottle.
I decided on my design after I watched this:
Step 4. Turn on the Stove
Okay it is show time.
Using Garfield as an example…Spray your skillet or pan with non-stick spray. Turn your stove on low. With the regular batter outline his eyes, ears, mouth, face and whiskers.
The batter will already start to gently lock into place with the low heat. Next take the darker shade of batter and fill-in the entire shape. You don’t have to be gentle here, just fill-in the whole thing. Now it will look kinda like a mess, since this is the back that is totally fine.
*If your batter is on the thick side this will be a little bit of a pain. Next time I think I might fill a pastry bag to do the larger fill-in parts. The squeeze bottle tip was small / narrow so I had to scribble it in which took a little longer.
**I noticed that some people did not even turn on the heat until they had the outline done. Either way I think you will be fine.
Step 5. The Flip and Reveal
After you fill in the back you can turn up the heat a little bit to set everything into place. You flip it over and see how you did. They are not meant to be perfect but hopefully you will have an awesome or at least recognizable cartoon face on the other side. You can see mine are perfect (especially my LEGO one) but they were enough to impress the boys and that works for me.