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How To Make Luxurious Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated on June 24, 2014
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My inspiration

A few months ago I was walking through the breakfast aisle, and saw some of the more unique baking mixes. One of them was for red velvet pancakes, which intrigued me. I had never thought of making one of my favorite cake flavors into a pancake before. When I got home, my mind was still preoccupied with it, and I spent time figuring out the combination of ingredients. After a quick trip to the store to buy food coloring, a fresh box of cocoa powder, and some white chocolate chips to top it off, I was all set to create a delectable breakfast. And I did just that a few days later.

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A Weekend Treat

This breakfast can be enjoyed when you have time to whip it together, which for me is traditionally on a weekend. To speed it up, use a pancake and waffle mix. I like to make my own up in advance. For convenience' sake, I have provided the complete "from scratch" recipe, as well as the option of using the baking mix.

Making the Pancake Batter

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The usual dry ingredients for pancakesAdd cocoa powderAdd eggsMix wellAdd red food coloringCook on pan or electric griddle
The usual dry ingredients for pancakes
The usual dry ingredients for pancakes | Source
Add cocoa powder
Add cocoa powder | Source
Add eggs
Add eggs | Source
Mix well
Mix well | Source
Add red food coloring
Add red food coloring | Source
Cook on pan or electric griddle
Cook on pan or electric griddle | Source

Homemade Pancakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1-3 Tablespoon chocolate chips, (optional)
  • small amount cooking oil or nonstick spray, if needed (for pan)
This is a canister of my pancake and waffle baking mix
This is a canister of my pancake and waffle baking mix | Source

Using the Baking Mix to Make These Pancakes

If you are using a baking mix, simply replace the first 3 ingredients listed for the homemade pancakes (flour, baking powder, and salt) with 2 cups of the pancake baking mix. If your baking mix has sugar in it, you may decrease the amount of sugar. But since the cocoa mix is unsweetened, this will need some sugar to offset the bitterness.

Whipping Up a Batch of Pancakes

  1. Add either the pancake mix or the flour, baking powder and salt to a medium mixing bowl
  2. Add the sugar and the cocoa powder, and mix together
  3. Add the milk. oil, eggs, and vanilla extract, and stir until smooth
  4. Add approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of red food coloring, or else add drops of it gradually, and stir to get the desired shade of red
  5. If desired, add some chocolate chips into the batter.
  6. Coat or spray pan or griddle with oil, unless it has a nonstick coating
  7. Turn the stove on to low/medium, or set your griddle to about 325 degrees
  8. Using a ladle or large spoon, add a scoop of batter for each pancake into the pan. My griddle comfortably fits 3-4, but some pans may only fit one or two at a time
  9. Cook for a few short minutes. Once they have bubbles all over them, they should be ready to flip over
  10. Cook the other side for a few minutes, or until browned
  11. Make the cream cheese frosting separately, and top pancakes once they are done
  12. If desired, top with a sprinkling of chocolate chips
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Mix the cream cheese with the confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla extractMix well to get rid of the lumps.
Mix the cream cheese with the confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla extract
Mix the cream cheese with the confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla extract | Source
Mix well to get rid of the lumps.
Mix well to get rid of the lumps. | Source

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

- 4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened

- 1/2 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar

- 1 Tablespoon milk

- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract


Directions:

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth and lump-free, using either a big spoon or a hand mixer.

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Finished pancakes
Finished pancakes | Source
Pancakes with the cream cheese glaze and white chocolate chips
Pancakes with the cream cheese glaze and white chocolate chips | Source
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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great creative idea and clear instructions. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I imagine that the cream cheese frosting makes it really special.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You can stop by our house any old time you want and make these for us. The door will always be open for you, Kathryn. :)

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Sounds yummy. Might have to try it sometime. :)

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MsDora,

      You're welcome! Yes, the cream cheese frosting does make it special. It's something a little different from the traditional, and a nice treat.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill,

      If I ever drop by for a visit, I will be sure to keep this in mind!

      Al, my boyfriend, has been to Washington, and he says it is beautiful out there. He used to drive all over the country, so he has been to most of the states.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out my recipe, and have a wonderful day (you and Bev, too).

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Shanmarie,

      I hope you do try it. I love pancakes, and most of the time am perfectly satisfied with a pumpkin or fruit pancake, or even plain ones with maple syrup, but once in a while it is nice to make something a little more dessert-like to satisfy my inner child.

      Thanks for dropping by my page, and have a fantastic day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

      yummy

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Nikki,

      Thanks, they are very tasty! Just seeing the photo causes me to want to make them again.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

      i will attempt to make them :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your pancakes look delicious. I've never had them or heard of them. I might try making them, seems pretty easy, Thank you..

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a delicious treat for an occasional weekend or holiday! Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I don't even like pancakes, but I can't wait to try these as waffles! You had me at red velvet. The cream cheese totally sealed the deal.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      These pancakes look delicious, I can almost taste them. Lovely, thanks for this recipe.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      So great to read something from you again. I love pancakes and would love to try them. Thank you for sharing this special recipe.

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ruby,

      Thanks! I have only heard of these recently, and they're as delicious as they look! They are pretty easy, too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful Summer.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rose,

      I agree, these are great treats to have on occasion.

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to check this out and comment. It's so nice to see you.

      Have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      FlourishAnyway, I'm glad you like the idea. And they would be fantastic as waffles! I used to make waffles all of the time when I had a waffle maker, and it reminds me of how much I miss them. If you make red velvet waffles, enjoy!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, and have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Travmaj,

      Thanks, I am glad these look delicious. They're very decadent! You are very welcome for the recipe, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Janet,

      It's so nice to see you here! I know, it has been a while since I have published anything here. I have actually started quite a few articles, but haven't had time to finish them yet. I hope to tackle them one by one when I have some free time. I have a temp job at a bread factory, and have been working 50-60 hours per week, which leaves me with barely any time to do anything else. But I appreciate the job, so it isn't a complaint!

      You're welcome. I actually came up with the idea for this a few months ago, and had the photos and recipe for it from when I made them. When I had an extra day off I finally got around to creating this, and I am so glad I did!

      Thanks for dropping by, and have a beautiful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      These look absolutely delicious, as Red Velvet cake is my favorite dessert, so I'm definitely going to give these pancakes a try. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Alphadogg,

      It is one of my very favorite desserts, so creating this thrilled me so much! The frosting really adds to it, the cocoa powder is a great addition to a normal pancake, and for some reason the red food coloring makes I that much more pleasing to the eyes. If you give them a try, I hope you enjoy!

      Have a great day, and stay cool.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Love the name red velvet, oozes luxurious! Sounds heaven and look forward to making when back n my feet. Love the frosting and making your own mix in advance is so handy. In fact I had all the ingredients of your pancake mix ready to make up just as I got admitted to hospital. Thanks Kathryn for another gem!

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      That sounds delicious!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      It is very luxurious, and such a decadent treat! I hope you enjoy it when you try it out.

      I haven't seen you lately, so I hope you are doing well. Good luck getting back on your feet.

      Hospital... Ooh, I hope you're okay.

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoy seeing you around!

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Elizabeth, It is delicious, thanks!

      It's nice to see you. Have a great weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      My daughter would love these. She loves anything red velvet! Pinned to make later.

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Glimmer,

      Nice, I hope your daughter enjoys if she gets a chance to taste.

      Thanks for pinning and for commenting, and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome sounding pancakes! I love red velvet cake. Now you have me thinking about other 'cake' pan cakes too. All votes up and shared!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rebecca,

      I love red velvet, too. And I have already started getting a recipe base ready for another cake-style pancake to test. I have already made a confetti pancake, which was also inspired by a cake. I'm on a roll!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This one is definitely going on my pin board and will speed it up by using pancake and waffle mix. Wait, I think this is perfect for my tea party this weekend. :)

      Thank you. Up, sharing and there goes my pin board!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cris,

      Thanks, I hope you like it. I think it is such a novel idea for a party. It is a cool twist between a pancake and a dessert.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Oh my goodness, red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting. I must have them immediately!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Deal,

      This is sooo delicious!

      Thanks for commenting, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      This would be too rich for me to eat all the time. But I would like to try it once!

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Poetryman,

      I feel the same way. It was a decadent experience to make and eat it, but it is very rich. Not a daily breakfast, for sure!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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