Celebrate the release of Onward with these spellbinding pancakes

From Disney Family

An awesome adventure awaits as Onward is now streaming on Disney+! Prepare to watch the film and make this brownie pancake recipe with your family. Light, fluffy, and full of fudgy chocolate, these pancakes are super simple to whip up using your favorite cake or brownie mix. Add some sprinkles, a spell spoken with your heart’s fire, and your very own chocolate phoenix gem as a finishing detail. Keep reading to learn how to make your own!

Be sure to tag @DisneyFamily on Instagram to share your family’s Onward celebrations at home this weekend.


  • Brownie Batter Pancakes:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1 cup fudge cake mix or brownie mix
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (for greasing the griddle or skillet)
  • Chocolate Ganache Sauce:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • Decorations:
  • ¼ cup orange melting candy wafers
  • Yellow or white pearl dust (optional)
  • Small food-safe brush
  • Diamond-shaped silicone mold
  • Rainbow chip sprinkles (optional)
  • Star sprinkles (optional)

Helpful Tip

All cutting and stovetop cooking should be done by an adult.


  1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, cake or brownie mix, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.

  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing just until combined. It is okay for the batter to be lumpy, but you don’t want to over-mix as the pancakes will not be as light and fluffy.

  4. Allow the pancake batter to rest for at least 5 minutes while preparing either a skillet or griddle on medium-high heat.

  5. Once your batter and pan are ready, brush the surface of the skillet or griddle with melted butter and add 1/3 cup batter to the middle of the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for 2 minutes as well. Transfer the finished pancakes to a plate while cooking the rest of the pancakes. I recommend adding more butter in between each pancake so they don’t stick.

  6. To make the magical Phoenix gem, brush the inside of each facet of the diamond mold with a little pearl dust. Melt the orange candy wafers in 30-second intervals at 50% power, stirring between each interval until smooth and completely melted.

  7. Carefully spoon the orange candy melts into each diamond cavity until full. Tap the bottom of the silicone mold on the counter to release any air bubbles. Transfer to the refrigerator to set.©DISNEY. PHOTO BY JESSICA LUCIUS FOR DISNEY FAMILY

  8. Next, prepare the ganache. Transfer chocolate chips to a heatproof bowl. Add the heavy cream to a small saucepan and heat on medium until it comes to a simmer. Do not boil.

  9. Carefully pour the cream over the chocolate chips, and allow the chocolate to melt (untouched) for 3 minutes.

  10. Use a spoon or spatula to stir the chocolate and cream together until the combination is glossy and smooth.

  11. Plate your pancakes! Distribute the pancakes between your serving plates. Remove the Phoenix Gems from the refrigerator, and hide one in each pancake stack. Pour the ganache over the top of the pancakes. (It’s easiest to do this when the ganache is still warm, as it will thicken as it sets.) Sprinkle the top of each pancake stack with rainbow chips and star sprinkles.©DISNEY. PHOTO BY JESSICA LUCIUS FOR DISNEY FAMILY

  12. Dig in! Leftover pancakes and chocolate ganache can be covered and refrigerated.

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