We just had another article published about "Daddy Cakes" from the nice people at the Telluride News in Telluride, Colorado.
It all centered on the pancake. To impress their little ones, the dads added green food coloring to make Frog Pancakes, they poured them into the shapes of trees or faces or hearts, and they threw in wild ingredients.
“It was kind of all to entertain our kids,” Levi said.
And it worked. The kids were delighted, and during sleepovers, their friends also fell in love with the quirky pancakes. The pancake breakfast quickly evolved into a tradition their families looked forward to.
One day, Daniel’s son asked for “daddy cakes.”
And thus was born a business idea. The brothers had been doing marketing research and considering starting a business, and this request gave them a final boost.
“It just kind of snowballed,” Levi said.
Levi Silva and Dan Byers launched Daddy Cakes®, a baked goods company that is focused on producing the best pancakes to ever come off the griddle. Levi said good ingredients, creative mixes and catchy labels are part of what sets them apart. But, he said, the pancakes are also more than just breakfast food — they’re a vehicle for fun, creative meals with kids.
The mixing and packaging is done in southern California, where Daniel lives, but Daddy Cakes® started to show up on the shelves of Telluride stores this summer, and the company recently hosted the Blues and Brews pancake breakfasts.
Daddy Cakes comes in nine flavors, ranging from classic to quirky. There is Sinful Cinnamon, Criminal Chocolate Chip, Glamorous Gingerbread and Sensuous Strawberry Seduction, which turns into pink batter. There’s Better Batter Buttermilk and Witty Whole Wheat and Blueberry Blast Bonanza. And there’s Bountiful Buckwheat Buttermilk and Vivacious Vanilla. The mixes can also be used to make waffles.
Daddy Cake uses organic strawberries and blueberries and whole wheat, Silva said, and the company hopes to transition to incorporate organic ingredients in the future. They also try to keep the sugar levels down in their mixes, he said, and in formulating the mix, they focused on creating the most cakey, fluffy pancakes possible.
“Most of the mixes are good enough to eat without syrup,” he said. “Everybody that tries our pancakes say they are the best pancakes they’ve ever had.”
The pancake mix is packaged in tins or bags brightly adorned with a pair of funny-looking cartoon dads with chef hats lofting plates piled high with pancakes over their heads.
You can either just add water to the pancake mix, or add water, eggs and oil for a more cakey texture. A test trial of the Bountiful Buckwheat, with just water added, resulted in substantial, thick, and not too chewy cakes that, buried in fresh peaches and maple syrup, made a delicious breakfast.
Silva says he switches around a lot, but his favorite mix is probably the Sensuous Strawberry, because his daughters, 5-year-old Maile and 2-year-old Isla “absolutely love the pink pancakes.”
Since launching the company, Silva said, he has discovered a huge subculture of people who love pancakes. People have weekly pancake dinners and have shared all kinds of creative ideas with him, like vanilla pancake peanut butter sandwiches, or bananas rolled up in chocolate chip pancakes, or strawberry pancakes piles with peaches and cream.
Pancakes are delicious, he says, but he figures a big part of why people like them so much comes from childhood memories and nostalgia.
“I think, for a lot of people, it makes them think of their childhood,” he said.