Happy Birthday Pancakes Recipe
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, butter and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour the whole mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until the wet and dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Let rest for 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk the cream by hand, or with a hand mixer, for about 5 minutes until it holds very soft peaks. Add the confectioners' sugar and a dash of vanilla and beat for about 3 more minutes, until it forms slightly firmer but still spoonable soft peaks.
In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt about half of the clarified butter.
Just before cooking the pancakes, fold 2 tablespoons of jimmies into the batter. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of batter into the skillet. Cook until browned around the edges, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancake and cook until browned on the other side, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter, adding the rest of the butter to the pan to cook (you should have 6 small pancakes).
Stack all of the pancakes on a plate. Top with the whipped cream, sprinkle with more jimmies, light a candle and sing "Happy Birthday!"
From Joy the Baker Over Easy (Clarkson Potter) by Joy Wilson.