Earlier this weekend, Caitlin tweeted that she was eating red velvet pancakes.

What? I had never heard of these. I was in shock. I didn’t know there was such a thing. I am naive, sheltered, and live in a bubble.

All I knew was that I needed them now.

I stopped whatever incredibly important thing I was doing at the time and googled these things – these red velvet pancake things.

What I found is life changing.

Cake isn’t really my thing.

Unless said cake is double chocolate with chocolate fudge filling and chocolate fudge icing, I usually pass it up. The only other exception is red velvet, which actually is chocolate – I learned that when I crawled out from under my rock a few years ago. Not sure what I thought it was before.

I can often pass up frosting, too. However, there is just something about red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting.

You can imagine my delight when the pancakes turned out perfectly. Even better – the giant glob of frosting on top.

The pancakes are actually vegan, but I destroyed that as soon as I added the cream cheese frosting.

I always have some leftover frosting in the fridge just for times like these.

Or times when I need to regain my sanity and dig in with a giant spoon.

I can’t even tell you how delicious the pancakes smelled, let alone tasted.

The minute I removed them from the griddle, I could smell delicious, fluffy, red velvet cake. It filled the entire kitchen. And yes, they also tasted exactly like red velvet cake.

Especially when the creamy frosting melted into the warm pancakes.

There aren’t even words.

Red Velvet Pancakes

slightly adapted from here

makes 8 pancakes

1½ cups minus 1½ tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons red food coloring

1 tablespoon chocolate chips

Whisk together milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle.

In a mixing bowl, add wheat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Make a well in the center, and pour in milk mixture and food coloring. Mix until combined.

Preheat skillet or griddle on medium heat. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter. Once bubbles form, gently flip and cook for a few more minutes.

Top with chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting.

Now it’s time to hightail it out of here before I gain 10 more pounds just thinking about them. I have to go make more pancakes, anyway.

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105 Responses to “Red Velvet Pancakes.”

  1. #
    Mary (A Merry Life) — May 17, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    I had no idea there was such a thing either. I think your blog is changing my life. Or at the very least, helping out my sweet tooth.


  2. #
    Helen — May 17, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    These do look delicious. There is something very decadent about eating something that looks like cake for breakfast!


  3. #
    Lara (Thinspired) — May 17, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    No words for this one. I am salivating on my keyboard. Must. have. now!


  4. #
    Kelly — May 17, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    These are so creative and too fun. I love that you just happen to have extra frosting on hand. Mmmmm.


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    homecookedem — May 17, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Omg. I want these right now!! I’d eat these for the cream cheese frosting alone, wow!!


  6. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 17, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    I want one!!! Definitely love the cream cheese frosting too… looks delicious!


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    Paige (running around normal) — May 17, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Wait so the red part just comes from red food coloring?! Wah..I thought there was some secret red flavor LOL. Talk about living under a rock..
    Regardless, these look heavenly.


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    Susan — May 17, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    I made my first ever red velvet cake for my birthday – but instead of food colouring I used BEETS! Maybe some beet pancakes are in store? ;)


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — May 17, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    loved our chats today :) now it’s time for this soccer mom to get busy on…everything else on my list. ugh.

    red velvet. yum
    the frosting, double yum!



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    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health — May 17, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    I heard somewhere that red velvet cake was chocolate, which made me think that I wouldn’t like it (not a huge chocolate cake fan). But I had my first slice a few weeks ago and was ASTOUNDED by how delicious it was!! But the weird thing is that it didn’t taste like chocolate at all to me. That could mean that a) it was some sort of strange red velvet cake that wasn’t actually chocolate or b) the reason I don’t like chocolate is because it’s brown…..? hahah.


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    Jessi — May 17, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    Ohhh my goodness do these ever look amazing! I’ve been following you for a few weeks now and just red through all your previous posts – you have an AMAZING amount of delicious looking recipes. Thanks for sharing!!


  12. #

    A combo of cupcake, pancake, breakfast, and dessert I’m sold. That looks incredible.


  13. #
    Jil — May 17, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

    My favorite cake…in pancake form = no breakfast shame!! haha :-D


  14. #
    Gaby — May 17, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    omg why can’t we live in the same city? I am certain that we would be the best eating partners ever!! These look FANTASTIC!


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    Kris | iheartwellness.com — May 17, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Oh my word….girl these look divine and I can eat them! They are sans eggs!!! Wooot!

    I am super excited to try these for breakfast one day this week :)



  16. #
    Sophie @ yumventures — May 17, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    I am making these as soon as I can get the ingredients together!! OMG YUM!


  17. #
    One Healthy Apple — May 17, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    These are insane- in the best possible way! Do you think I can make these in waffle form? Anyhoo, you are such a kitchen diva- amazing!


  18. #
    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 17, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

    Brilliant!! Love the color. The icing is definitely the best part of red velvet cake. Cream cheese……. mmmmmmmmm. :)



  19. #
    Miz — May 18, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    how had I made it to age 40 and never EVAH seen a red velvet pancake.

    only the cake.

    me :)


  20. #
    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — May 18, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    You’ve earned yourself a rating of XXX!!! FOOD PORN!!!


  21. #
    megan — May 18, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    I’m bookmarking these for when we get together with our friends this Summer. They’re gonna think I’m so gourmet when I pull these off the griddle!


  22. #
    Amanda — May 18, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    Amazing!! I have never seen these before… love it!


  23. #
    Anne — May 18, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Those pancakes look so pretty, I’ve never heard of them before!


  24. #
    vanillasugar — May 18, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    i am so down with these. a little melted white chocolate and that whipped cream and i am good to go on sunday mornings.


  25. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — May 18, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    Wow… My husband would LOVE these. He’s always begging for red velvet cake, but I hate to have a giant cake sitting around (because it doesn’t sit around… we eat the whole thing!). Some day I will surprise him and make these.


  26. #
    Allison — May 19, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Oh my goodness these look delicious! What a great idea!


  27. #
    MrsV — May 20, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    D’lish! I love your variations of red velvet recipes. The cookies were divine!


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    Marlon (MeInTheBalance) — October 29, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    Oh my goodness! I knew I shouldn’t have clicked on this link… I’m in trouble now! So is my waistline.. ;)

    Seriously, these look yummy! I will be making these!


  29. #
    Mali K (The Mali K Whey) — January 18, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    Wow, these look fantastic! I don’t know what it is about colourful food, but it really does seem to taste better! The mind is a weird and wonderful thing…


  30. #
    Jen O — February 21, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    I made these b/c of Valentine’s Day and they are very good. I don’t even like chocolate pancakes but these are good. Thank you!


  31. #
    Silvertongue62 — March 11, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Looks delicious….


  32. #
    andrea — March 17, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Does anyone know if cows milk will work?


    • Jessica — March 17th, 2011 @ 10:45 am

      It does!


      • andrea — March 17th, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

        Thanks so much!!

  33. #
    Erin — April 30, 2011 @ 3:23 am

    GAAAAAAAASSSPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Red velvet cake and pancakes? My two favorite things in the world? Together in one delectable dessert/breakfast? INCONCEIVABLE!!!! I do believe I’ve died and gone to heaven. And you, dear Jessica, must be God. I thank you for bringing these into my (after)life. :)


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    ChocolateApple — October 30, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    I heard about these a few weeks ago. On a tv show that was talking about how food trucks are making a big come back. I can’t tell you any thing else about the show because once they talked about and showed red velvet pancakes I lost my mind and started to google everything about them. I will be experimenting with your recipe. Thanks for putting a recpie out that wasn’t made for an army.


  35. #
    Milee K — February 6, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    I just found my new favorite pancake.



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