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How To Make Luxurious Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Updated on February 14, 2019
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I have enjoyed creating food and perfecting recipes in the kitchen since I was 10 years old. I prefer homemade over store-bought.

5 stars from 3 ratings of Red Velvet Pancakes

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.

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)
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.

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

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

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.

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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

What is your favorite part of a red velvet cake?

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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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