Red Velvet Pancakes

Posted by Brette in Food

RedVelvetPancakes3I saw this recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays and had to make it. The combo of pancakes with red velvet cake sounded amazing. She has this as a Valentine’s recipe, but I thought it might make a fun Christmas breakfast.  We tried it out and I’m sorry to tell you it was just ok. It was good, but it didn’t knock my socks off and it didn’t really taste like red velvet cake. Mine don’t look very red because I am allergic to red dye, so I used natural food coloring which just isn’t as vivid (or as toxic!) as the traditional kind. We did not make the frosting, which in retrospect might have been a mistake, but I just couldn’t face pancakes without real maple syrup. It’s definitely something fun and different to make for Christmas breakfast.

Red Velvet Pancakes
  • Pancakes:
  • 3 cups + 2 tbsp cake flour
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2-4 tsp red food coloring
  • Icing:
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Mix all pancake ingredients together and pour into pancakes on a hot buttered griddle. Makes about 20 medium pancakes
  2. Mix icing ingredients together and pour over pancakes when serving.


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5 Responses

  • Oh, I love Red Velvet Cake! It definitely would make a wonderful Christmas morning breakfast!

  • My teen is very into Red Velvet desserts right now. I just think I’d rather have chocolate. Sounds like I’ll skip the recipe–but I’m curious I haven’t flipped through this cookbook yet–is it worth a look?

  • Brette says:

    I’m not a fan of the cookbook. I don’t need a recipe for turkey, egg salad, black beans, scalloped potatoes… It’s all pretty basic fare. This was the only thing I’ve made from it. I too would rather have chocolate than red velvet. Really, the only reason that cake is so good is because of the frosting. And who wants frosting on their pancakes?

  • Looks yummy…although I haven’t eaten pancakes in I don’t know how long. I’d rather eat chocolate pancakes, I think!

  • Holly says:

    I made this recipe. My friend had told me she made them for Valentine’s day and that they were glorious. I remember her having said that it must have been the vinegar that made them so light and fluffy. I noticed that the vinegar is missing in your recipe, 2 tsp. white vinegar. Anyway, if you are up for it, I think you should try them again, but this time with the icing on top! They were awesome, my family gobbled them up!