Red Velvet Pancakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream
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Start your mornings off sweet with these rich red velvet pancakes with homemade maple syrup buttercream. It’s like eating cake for breakfast!
This is the perfect recipe to make when you want to celebrate something special. Break out of the idea of always using boxed pancake mix and make these from scratch.
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There are so many fun things you can do with breakfast! I loved the Nutella crepes – and these pancakes are another delicious and sweet treat. Every single bit of these pancakes is made completely from scratch. Even so, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are.
Even if you haven’t ever made anything homemade before, this is the perfect place to start! Just follow my ingredients and steps and you’ll have the fluffiest and richest pancakes you have ever tried!
What You Need
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- Red gel food coloring
- Butter for the pan
- Cream cheese
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Whipping cream
- Maple syrup
Questions & Tips
Before we get to the recipe card at the bottom of this post, I want to share some additional tips and answer some questions people often ask about these pancakes.
What Is Red Velvet?
This is fascinating, but did you know that red velvet isn’t a flavor? It’s chocolate with red food coloring. Honestly! Well, that is what it has become. It started out in the Victorian age as a cake with a red hue from the undoctored cocoa. The Takeout actually researched the history and current definition of red velvet, if you are curious.
These pancakes are chocolate and have a velvetty smooth texture with cream cheese topping, so I stayed true to the traditional red velvet recipe.
Why did you use vinegar in the pancake batter?
Vinegar is a leavening agent that works with the baking powder to help the pancakes rise. It’s what makes them fluffy.
How do you store leftover pancakes?
Store leftover pancakes without the topping on them. Keep them in an airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
More Topping Ideas
If you are trying to eat less sugar, you can use sugar-free confectioner’s sugar substitute in the cream cheese topping and skip the maple syrup.
Or, just use maple syrup on the pancakes. It tastes amazing without the cream cheese topping, too.
Other topping ideas include:
Red Velvet Pancakes With Cream Cheese Topping
- Stand Mixer or Electric Mixer
- Non stick Pan
Red Velvet Pancakes
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup Cocoa
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 tbsp Vinegar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 3/4 tsp Red Gel Food Coloring
Cream Cheese Topping
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese softened
- 3 tbsp Confectioner's Sugar
- 2 tbsp Whipping Cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp Milk
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add cocoa and mix.
- Add sugar, milk, vinegar, eggs, and oil and whisk until batter is completely smooth. Add gel food coloring and whisk until the batter is completely colored. Add more red if necessary.
- Heat a buttered non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour about 1/3 cup’s worth of batter into the center of the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Stack pancakes on a plate and set aside so that you can prepare the delicious maple cream cheese topping!
- For the topping, use a stand mixer or electric mixer to beat cream cheese, sugar, whipping cream, milk, and 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Once the ingredients are completely mixed with one another, pour generously over your stack of pancakes. If desired, pour more maple syrup on top.
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Those pancakes sound like HEAVEN! I love red velvet anything and I can’t wait to make these.
Happy Canada Day. Looks like you are starting off the day with something special with these red velvet pancakes. This would make everyone get out of bed that is for sure.
What a great way to start a day of Fourth of July celebrations. I know that’s a little ways off yet but I think I will make these for breakfast on the Fourth of July!
This recipe looks so yummy. I’m a huge fan of red velvet. I still haven’t tried red velvet pancakes. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.
This looks amazing. Maple cream?? I am all over that. I love the red velvet pancakes, too. Everyone needs a little dessert for breakfast.
Those pancakes are a stack I would love to dig into. I generally make mine from a mix but you make it seem easy to make these red velvet ones from scratch.
These are beautiful! And I think pancakes add the perfect touch to just about any occasion! 😉
Yes please! This would be the perfect pancakes for breakfast. Or anytime, really. I just love Red Velvet.
YUMMY! I loooove red velvet with cream cheese icing, and these pancakes look so good 🙂 I might make a batch… but I don’t think I can wait until Canada Day!
That sounds like every bit of wonderful! It’s a great way to celebrate Canada Day! I love red velvet recipes like this, definitely something that I wouldn’t mind trying!
These look so good. And the color scheme and the maple make them perfect for celebrating Canada Day.
Oh, indeed a great idea for Canada Day! Just be artistic and add some designs to suit up on your theme. Will be saving this recipe as well so I can try making for myself.
Oh gosh, you had me at Red Velvet! LOL!! I love anything red velvet flavored and these pancakes look DIVINE!!
Now that would be a fun food to start the day. I’ve never had a red velvet pancake before.
This pancake looks heavenly! We normally have fried rice, an egg dish and smoked fish or chorizo for breakfast. Sometimes, it’s a sandwich but rarely a pancake. This is definitely a good addition to the menu we can have in the morning.
Yum! Perfect for celebrating Canada Day. My kids are huge pancake freaks, and would love this too!
I love a good pancake recipe because I’m a huge fan of breakfast food. This red velvet pancake recipe is definitely a must try! Perfect for special occasions like Canada day!
Ive always wanted to try red velvet pancakes, and now i have a recipe to start with. the maple glaze sounds absolutely delicious. Thank you!
Wow this recipe looks so decadent! I would love to make these for my husband this Father’s Day!
This looks so good I could eat it for breakfast and then dessert. Maybe even lunch too?
Those look incredible!!! I think I’ll start my diet tomorrow 😉
Umm…. Did you say Maple Syrup Butter Cream???!!! Uh, yes please! These sound amazing and look absolutely gorgeous! I feel like I could put maple syrup buttercream on everything, for the rest of my life! Can’t wait to give these a try! Thank you so much for sharing!!! 🙂
Ooh! Super yummy and fun idea for Canada Day!