How To Make Luxurious Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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.
A Weekend Treat
This breakfast can be enjoyed when you have time to whip it up, 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 both the complete recipe, as well as the option of using the baking mix.
- 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)
- * nonstick spray, (for pan)
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.
Whipping Up a Batch of Pancakes
- Add either the pancake mix or the flour, baking powder and salt to a medium mixing bowl
- Add the sugar and the cocoa powder, and mix together
- Add the milk. oil, eggs, and vanilla extract, and stir until smooth
- 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
- If desired, add some chocolate chips into the batter.
- Coat or spray pan or griddle with oil, unless it has a nonstick coating
- Turn the stove on to low/medium, or set your griddle to about 325 degrees
- 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
- Cook for a few short minutes. Once they have bubbles all over them, they should be ready to flip over
- Cook the other side for a few minutes, or until browned
- Make the cream cheese frosting separately, and top pancakes once they are done
- If desired, top with a sprinkling of chocolate chips
Making the Pancake BatterClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth and lump-free, using either a big spoon or a hand mixer.