A cake mix, bananas, applesauce and sprinkles are all it takes to make these fun and yummy Birthday Breakfast Muffins for a special birthday breakfast!

Birthday Breakfast Muffins

It’s The BakerMama’s birthday! No not me, but my blog! The BakerMama is officially 5 years old today! On September 12, 2012, I shared the recipe for my favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies and that’s when all the fun and yum began.  I can’t believe that I’ve been sharing my love of food and life on this little blog for 5 whole years now.

I say little, but truly, it’s grown into something much bigger than I could have ever imagined. And I have each of you to thank for that! Your enthusiasm and excitement for the recipes I create and share is what keeps me so inspired.

I love LOVE hearing how much you enjoy making my recipes. I love how my recipes bring your family around the table or running to the kitchen when they smell my One-Bowl Fudge Brownies coming out of your oven.

Or when you tag me in a picture of your kids baking my M&M Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies with you.

Or when you message me in the middle of the night while you’re nursing your sweet newborn and thank me for sharing my No-Bake Lactation Bites recipe with you because they’ve been a much needed energy and supply booster.

Or when you tell me that you eat my Healthy 5-Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread almost every morning because you just can’t get enough of its healthy hearty deliciousness.

Or when you tag me each time you eat a donut and say that you can’t even look at a donut without thinking of me. Hehe! Love it!

Or when you email me asking for restaurant recommendations in DallasNYC, Chicago, Napa, San Fran, Portland, Boston…because you know Brandon and I ate our way through that city on a serious mission to find the best eats it had to offer.

And last but certainly not least, when you reach out to me to chat about the ups and downs of motherhood. It’s the hardest yet most magical role in the world and it’s so reassuring to know that we are all in it together and can lean on each other through it all. I hear we will survive, right?! 😉 😉

I feel so blessed to do what I do with The BakerMama. Sure its been lots of late nights and early mornings and every minute in between all while raising my crazy crew and snuggling my hubby, but it’s my dream job and I love it so so much!

I wish I could have each and every one of you over to bake with me and thank you for your love and support over the years! It means more to me than donuts and y’all know that’s A LOT! 😉

So let’s celebrate with these Birthday Breakfast Muffins…

Birthday Breakfast Muffins

As I describe these muffins, they really say a lot about what The BakerMama is all about. It’s about easy delicious recipes that bring you and your loved ones together in a special and memorable way.

And when I say easy, I mean easy with this recipe. We’re talking 4 ingredients and less than 30 minutes.

I usually bake from scratch, but I’ve never been against a boxed mix. And one of my favorite ways to bake with a boxed cake mix is by totally ignoring the instructions on the box. Haha! Seriously though, take a boxed cake mix and add some fruit to it instead of the oil, water and eggs and you’d never believe it unless you were the one who baked it. My 2-Ingredient Baked Cake Donuts are another great example of a recipe that y’all rave about for its ease and tasty results.

So it’s just a cake mix, mashed banana, applesauce and sprinkles. Still very much a sweet treat but with a healthier twist that makes them perfect for a birthday breakfast celebration.

Birthday Breakfast Muffins

They have the texture of a moist tender muffin and the taste of birthday cake with a hint of banana.

Or you can use a strawberry cake mix which makes them pink with strawberry flavor as well. Such a fun option!

Birthday Breakfast Muffins

I made these birthday breakfast muffins for Baker’s birthday celebration at school and I can’t even tell you how excited everyone was about them. They’re mini so the kids each got two and then the teachers and the school staff were literally bumping each other out of the way to grab another and get the recipe from me.

Lots of fun and yum going on with these breakfast muffins!

Birthday Breakfast Muffins

So make someone’s birthday morning extra special, or any morning special for that matter, with these festive breakfast muffins.

Here’s to The BakerMama and many more years of sharing great recipes as well as connecting with you about food, family, life and donuts. I love y’all!


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Birthday Breakfast Muffins

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 23 mins
  • Yield: 34 mini muffins
  • Category: Breakfast


A cake mix, bananas, applesauce and sprinkles are all it takes to make these fun and yummy muffins for a special birthday breakfast!


  • 1 (15.25 oz) box vanilla or strawberry cake mix (just the dry mix, not the ingredients listed in the box instructions)
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles, plus more for the muffin tops


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 34 mini muffin cups (you’ll probably need 2 mini muffin pans or can bake them in batches) with liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry cake mix. Stir in the mashed banana and applesauce until well combined. Fold in 1 cup rainbow sprinkles.
  3. Scoop batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the top of each muffin cup with more sprinkles.
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until muffins have risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Birthday Breakfast Muffins

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. They sound great, except I’m allergic to bananas. So, what can I substitute? Will two cups of apple sauce make it too liquid?

    1. Hi Danielle! You could replace the 1 cup mashed banana with 1 cup applesauce or 1 cup pure pumpkin puree. Both would work great! Enjoy!

  2. I made these this morning for my little girls 2nd birthday. Easy and delicious! Everyone had thirds! I used the strawberry cake mix. I think these may be a new birthday tradition.

  3. This recipe is on constant rotation in my house. The mini muffins don’t stick around very long! We call them breakfast party muffins since we dont just save them for birthdays. They are probably made once or twice a month in my house. Sometimes I add a little flax seed for extra health or some strawberry yogurt just to change the flavor a bit. Either way they’re made, they never last long! They are essential road trip snacks in our car also. These are simple, easy, relatively healthy and still satisfies a sweet craving. Keep the recipe handy, you’ll use it over and over.

  4. Don’t have vanilla cake mix. Can I use chocolate devils food instead? Colors won’t look the same but wondering if it will still taste good ??

    1. Hi Christina! Absolutely, you could bake the recipe as a sheet cake or a layer cake. Just follow the baking directions on the cake mix box for baking time, but don’t add the water, oil or eggs called for on the box instructions. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Lorissa! Since the recipe makes 34 mini muffins, you could probably get 14-16 regular size muffins out of the same recipe. Just increase the baking time by about 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Enjoy!

  5. Hi, I want to make these for my little one however would like to avoid buying the mix as he has few allergies and I need to know what goes into the packet. Can you advise on what to put in place of the cake mix? Many thanks,

    1. Hi Angi! I would have to test a recipe several times before being able to recommend something that would turn out similar. I have a few healthy muffin recipes on my blog that you could use as the base and add sprinkles if you want to try that. Just search my blog for “healthy muffins”: https://thebakermama.com/?s=healthy+muffins Hope this helps. Enjoy!

  6. It seems that whenever I am looking for a recipe, your blog comes up. Your monster cookie balls are a breakfast of choice around here, so I decided to look around and see what other yummy goodness I’ve been missing. These muffins look PERFECT for my daughter’s birthday on Tuesday so I am going to try them. I can my own applesauce and we always have bananas on hand so all I need is a cake mix! LOVE simple recipes! That’s what I love about the cookie balls too. I just make them with the oatmeal, honey, and chunky peanut butter and I skip the choc chips and m&m’s. To make them different sometimes, I will add cocoa powder to make chocolate cookie balls. Either way, they are yummy and I hope the muffins become another family favorite! Your blog is certainly going to be a favorite! Gorgeous pictures and yummy easy recipes! Thank you from a mom who wants good food that doesn’t take forever to make or cost a fortune!

    1. Hi Stacy! Thanks so much for sharing! I love that you are enjoying my recipes and even making them your own. Quick & easy yet delicious is the name of the game during this season of life with little ones, that’s for sure! Continue to enjoy! 🙂

    1. I’ve been wanting to try some fun muffin recipes for my boys and am excited to try these. Have you tried them with confetti and/or chocolate flavor mixes? I’m wondering how the fruit flavors would go with those? is the banana flavor very overpowering?

      1. Hi, Natalie! No, I haven’t made these with other flavors. And no, I don’t think the banana is overwhelming. But I tend to like banana in my baking. My guess is that chocolate would mask the banana almost entirely, but I can’t be sure! Let me know what you discover! Enjoy! ❤️

  7. Congrats on 5 years! That’s so wonderful! I love your blog and this recipe is just perfect. My daughter turns 8 this month and these are so prefectly her. Thanks for the recipe! ????

    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer! Your daughter is sure to love them! Such a fun and yummy way to wake up on your birthday (or any day for that matter)! 🙂

  8. How fun are these!? Such a great idea. But let’s be honest… I maaay have to try a batch before the next birthday rolls around 🙂