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Red Velvet Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

Red Velvet Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

I was chatting it up on my facebook fanpage when one of my reader-friends asked if I had a recipe for red velvet waffles. I’d never heard of such a beautiful thing but I knew I wanted it in my life ASAP. Especially since I’m pretty much over my banana nut pancake and cinnamon roll pancake addiction.

I mean come on, red velvet cake in waffle form??? In the words of the almighty Beyonce’ “Give it to mama!!”

Since I don’t have a waffle iron I decided to do pancakes instead and I’m so glad I did.

Red velvet pancakes recipes

Since I’d never made these before, I decided to try out a few other red velvet pancake recipes online. Most of them called for vinegar and sour cream or yogurt. I wasn’t too fond of the texture and heaviness of those pancakes so I just used one of my favorite go-to pancake recipes and added some cocoa powder, sugar, buttermilk and food coloring.  It totally worked out beautifully!!

Shhh…nobody has to know they are this simple to make.

These made such an amazing, elegant and impressive looking breakfast.

I was a lil nervous that it would be super sweet with the cream cheese glaze but it was perfect. The pancakes came out fluffy, lightly sweetened with that signature light chocolate taste just like red velvet cake . Of course the cream cheese glaze was the icing on the cake : )

These red velvet pancakes will definitely be a repeat in our house. I can’t wait to make these for company and see their reaction.

For more drama, top it with cool whip and sprinkle on some shaved white chocolate and nuts.


Watch me make these Red Velvet Pancakes from start to finish!!!

Red velvet pancakes recipes

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Red Velvet Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Glaze
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Fluffy red velvet pancakes with cream cheese glaze makes one beautifully impressive breakfast or brunch! So easy to make!
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk (may need a few drop more)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar, garnish
  1. Pancakes
  2. ) In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, & cocoa powder.
  3. ) Add in egg, buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract, & red food coloring
  4. *note* In the video I added in the red food coloring last, but after making these again, I think it’s easier to add the coloring in before stirring everything up.
  5. ) Stir it up gently until combined. The batter should still have a few lumps in it. You don’t want to stir it until it’s completely smooth.
  6. ) Let the batter sit for 10-15 minutes, while you make the glaze.
  7. Glaze
  8. ) In a medium size bowl, add all of the cream cheese glaze ingredients and blend until smooth and silky. Set aside.
  9. ) Preheat griddle and grease with butter.
  10. ) When hot, add pancakes. I used ¼ cup per pancake.
  11. ) Flip with the first few bubbles start to break on the surface of the pancake.
  12. ) When the other side is soft and pillowy to the touch, it’s done!
  13. ) Stack on a plate.
  14. Assemble
  15. ) Stack one pancake on a plate and spread on a layer of cream cheese glaze.
  16. ) Repeat with another pancake.
  17. ) Stack the third pancake and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  18. ) Pipe on the cream cheese glaze. Serve.
TIPS Do not overmix the batter. Batter should be slightly lumpy. You do not need syrup with this recipe. The cream cheese glaze is enough. Do not skip the cream cheese glaze, it's the highlight of this recipe. Without it, it just taste like unsweetened buttermilk pancakes with a hint of chocolate. You can change up the food coloring to get different color pancakes. (A stack of rainbow pancakes anyone?)


  1. I doing a project for school and using this recipe well the project is “cooking with fractions” and i need a lot more detail like servings and how much cream cheese not just simply cream cheese. I wish my teacher wasn’t so pick but i guess each is own. Anyway that’s all i ask of you is just to please put serving and such. Thanks!

  2. This was such a pretty lookin breakfast that looks like a dessert, I couldn’t resist to make it for my 4 yr old. He absolutely loved it & so did I. Thank you!!!

  3. Made these for my kids and they absolutely loved them! A definite recipe keeper, Thank you!

  4. I made these this morning and my husband said they were the best pancakes I’ve ever made. :) They ended up more on the brown side then red but tasted ok. My only question is how much vanilla extract goes in the batter? I just guessed at it. Will def be making these again….right after the cinnastack ones. :)

  5. I thought it was so cute that you made red velvet pancakes! I never heard of them before believe it or not. I sadly :( don’t have red food coloring, but that’s not going to stop me! I have green and blue food coloring left, so maybe purple pancakes. Blue and green makes purple right? Oh well, i’ll just try it myself. But anyway, AWESOME RECIPE!

  6. OMG! These pancakes look spectacular! I am going to give these little hot devils a try! I just bought the ingredients at the store yesterday, which I didn’t have already! I hope this is worth the time and effort, and come out as great is yours did! I am cooking these for my whole family! But one question, how many does this recipe make?

  7. Okay, I would have to blame you for my son crying! Well, he will not admit to it, it’s actually being teary eyed as he watched his sister eat the last piece of the batch. He woke up from a nap and saw his younger sister eating the last pancake, he asked for her to share and she agreed to share half, when she was done with her half, she changed her mind and said she will share a fourth. He was teary eyed while he was telling me this story about her being selfish! and here I am, at 6:20 pm cooking your awesome red velvet pancake to satisfy my son! Goodness! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  8. These look amazing! Can you tell me the amount of vanilla extract to use in the batter please? I see the amount given for the glaze but not the batter. Thanks so much!

  9. I made these for my boyfriends 18th birthday :) thank you so much for an amazing recipe for am amazing day <3 he doesn't like frostings of glazes, but he loved this one. My mother is hard to impress when I cook things, but this wowed my family too. Words cannot express how much gratitude I have for you :) thank you!

  10. My husband had IHOP red velvet pancakes yesterday and fell in love. He loves red velvet cake and loves pancakes so putting his two favorites together was Heaven for him. He begged me to make them. I googled and came across your recipe. These are amazing! Fluffy, chocolately…DELICIOUS! This is one of my family’s new breakfast favorites.

  11. I made these this morning and they were some ugly things (lol) BUT they tasted awesome!! Im going to keep trying them until mine looks like yours.

  12. I can’t wait to make these in the morning. I had IHOP’s and fell in love so I KNOW I’m gonna be in trouble with this recipe.

  13. I tried these this morning I would have to say they are ” something to call home about” I am a guy who loves to cook bake and entertain its funny because me and wife have reverse rolls and she is my pro taste tester and she approved these. I rated myself a 4 out of 5 only thing I would change for next time is the fact that since my pancakes were still hot they absorbed all of the icing somaybe next time I will let them cool first and I willnmake the icing a bit thicker but they were great oh and your chewy chocolate chip cookies ***** fivee stars next up food me picante lasagna

  14. What are you trying to do to me? LOL – I am a sucker for anything red velvet and these look amazing!

  15. I made these and my batter was soo bitter!!! It went really wrong, and my pancake raw batter was soo dark? Dunno what I did wrong? :(

  16. The best! Ihop should hire you for their pancake recipes.

  17. Oh and i used nestle toll house cocoa powder. Is there a better one you would suggest?

  18. I think it’s my fault. What should the pancake batter taste like? You know, since it was “red velvet” I’m thinking it’s supposed to be sweet like cake lol!!!! I think I had the wrong expectations for the batter. ANd I wasn’t sure how much vanilla extract to put into the batter either. So I don’t think i put enough, or maybe I put too much? Who knows lol. I know its completely user error but I’m just not sure where i went wrong! Could it be as simple as the vanilla extract?? So i’m going to try again!!! So please let me know how much vanilla extract to add :-D

  19. What is the yield on this recipe(how many pancakes will this make). I have to make for a group of 8 and want to be sure I have plenty to go around. Can’t wait to try this!!!

  20. I made these, but i’m not sure where I went wrong. They tasted really bad! I’m going to try again!

    • awww I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out right for you. Hmmm…let’s see what could have happened…I’m not sure what would make them taste bad. It’s basically just a regular buttermilk pancake recipe with added cocoa powder and food coloring. It’s the cocoa powder, buttermilk and cream cheese glaze that gives it that light red velvet taste. It won’t taste like an actual slice of red velvet cake of course since pancakes are not that sweet. What kind of cocoa powder did you use? Maybe you can try using your favorite homemade pancake recipe and adding some cocoa powder and coloring and see how it works out.

  21. Here’s a cheaters tip: You can make these with pancake mix as well. Just add cocoa powder, buttermilk and red food coloring. I did try Diva’s recipes as well and they are so good!!! I made them twice. The first time was a hot mess because I overcooked them. It’s really hard to tell when these pancakes are done because they don’t act like regular pancakes where lots of bubbles come on the surface when it’s time to flip. I never saw any bubbles so I didn’t know when to flip. The next time I made them I did a test pancake first and timed it. If you’re making these for Christmas I’d suggest making a test batch first as I think this recipe has a learning curve. They are amazing though! Thanks for another great recipe!!

  22. If you add chocolate chips to these pancakes it will take them to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL of yumminess!!!!!!!

  23. This is ironic. I’d just read a red velvet pancake recipe for the first time the day before it was requested from you on Facebook. You were on it with a quickness. I can’t wait to try yours. I made the meatloaf, mashed potatoes, cabbage, and apple pie bread last night. I made a few modifications (like adding pears and cranberries to the bread and nuts in the crumb topping just because they were on sale and I’d initially planned to make a pie with them, but your bread sounded better). Otherwise I used your basic recipe, and the whole meal was quite delicious. I’m going to try your dressing and mac and cheese for Christmas. Keep the recipes coming. I’m loving your versions of the classics. Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays!

  24. These look AMAZING, Diva! I can’t wait to make these

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