This dad will draw your face using nothing more than pancake batter

Brady Phelps never claimed to be an artist. But his Instagram suggests otherwise.

The self-named “pancake dad” has a knack for drawing cartoons, sports team logos, and incredibly lifelike portraits using only pancake batter.

Recently, Phelps helped raise over $US38,000 for Charity: Water — a nonprofit aimed at bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries — by creating original flapjacks for anyone who donated $US100 or more to the campaign. He’s now going to continue until he raises $US50,000.

And it all started from his inability to make a perfectly round pancake.

Tech Insider caught up with Brady to learn the tricks of his morning masterpieces.

Every Saturday morning, Brady Phelps gets up and prepares stunning pancake art for his two kids.

His portraits include a wide cast of characters, from Anna and Elsa of Disney's 'Frozen' ...

But when he first started out, Phelps tells Tech Insider, 'I couldn't make a circle pancake if my life depended on it.'

In an attempt to achieve the perfect shape, he found a ketchup bottle in the kitchen and filled it with pancake batter. The bottle's thin nozzle allowed Phelps to draw an outline before pouring batter onto the stove top.

'I accidentally left it on too long,' Phelps admits. When he flipped the flapjack, he saw that the outer rim was much darker in colour, because it cooked longer.


The mishap sparked a little imagination. Here's Phelp's first pancake drawing. 'I hadn't figured out I could fill them in yet,' he says.

Brady Phelps

Soon after, Phelps discovered by layering batter at different times, he could create lines and patterns in the pancake.

(Instagram) Hulk smash. #pancakes

A photo posted by Brady Phelps (@thepancakedad) on Jun 16, 2015 at 8:09am PDT

Food colouring and cocoa powder spiced up his creations.

(Instagram) Rarity, I think? #pancakes #mylittlepony

A photo posted by Brady Phelps (@thepancakedad) on Jun 26, 2015 at 1:54pm PDT

The designs became more intricate as he added smaller and smaller squeeze bottles to his collection of condiments.

(Instagram) My kitchen counter after a pancake making session for @charitywater #pancakeart #pancake #pancakes

A photo posted by Brady Phelps (@thepancakedad) on Sep 18, 2015 at 1:37pm PDT

He started a fundraising page through Charity: Water's September Campaign, an annual initiative aimed at supplying clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

For every $20 donation to Charity: Water, Phelps granted the giver a custom pancake and a time-lapse video of it being made. (Click the image below to play.)

He was even commissioned to do donors' portraits, which carry more pressure.

'If I can leave at lunch from work and pound a couple pancakes out, I will,' Phelps says. 'If I can exercise, I make pancakes. After bedtime, once I've read stories with the kids, I make pancakes.'

'One out of every 11 people on this planet are drinking water out of filthy rivers, lakes, and water holes,' Phelps writes on his donation page. 'That's unacceptable, and my family wants to do something about it.'

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