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Red Velvet Pancakes

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My kids really love pancakes so we eat them quite often for breakfast.  I used to really enjoy pancakes, but since they’ve become a regular breakfast item, I’ve grown rather bored with them.  I am always looking for a new and unusual pancake recipe just to change things up.

Red velvet pancakes had me at “hello”!  I was so hoping that these would be good because I really need a new pancake to love.  These pancakes were so good that I happily ate them for breakfast two days in a row.  If you love red velvet anything, these will not disappoint!

I used a new all natural red food dye so my red wasn’t deep (they were more dark pink) and they really weren’t red after cooking, but that’s OK because they tasted AWESOME!  My daughter asked if next time we could make them blue… blue velvet…. tee hee.

I suggest turning your griddle down pretty low and letting this cook slowly. The batter is thick and they burn quickly because of the sugar.  After the first couple of batches I thinned the batter out with some milk, which helped a bit.

Serve these with buttermilk syrup for an oh so very delicious breakfast!

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just to combine.
  4. Cook pancakes on griddle (I use a 3 tablespoon scoop to make mine).

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  • Jenn F
    February 23, 2013

    I just made these – the baked version! I made some substitutes, like plain yogurt for sour cream & evap milk for buttermilk (just to use what was on hand) & I didn’t add food coloring – (we just try to stay away!)
    They are baking right now & look delicious!

    • Camille
      February 23, 2013

      Sounds delicious and what a great idea to bake those! I actually used an all-natural food dye in mine (made with beets, I think), but the natural dues just don’t seem to keep their color when heat is applied. Now I think I need to make these this weekend! 🙂

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