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. says

    I am a ‘Red Velvet’ anything fanatic! I have the original Red Velvet Cake recipe that I received from my mother-in-law years ago. It is the one without cream cheese for frosting, uses butter, cook it, etc.

    I ran across IHOP’s Red Velvet Pancakes & fell in love…delish… Aside from other red velvet anything recipes I’ve tried, these IMHO were not very good. Don’t know why. Went over the recipe several times to ensure proper ingredients, etc. Oh, and I added almost a tsp of vanilla for the pancake batter. I did have to make my own buttermilk, i.e., milk & vinegar; perhaps that is the reason for the taste? Whatever’s the reason, I probably will not be making these again.

    I did notice however, once I put everything together, it tasted much better, actually changed the entire taste of the pancake alone. But still just not quite right.

  2. Cameron says

    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!

  3. Nichelle says

    All I can say is I LOVE YOU!!!! Lol… Another amazing recipe!!! Please keep them coming along with the videos… My husband and 2 year old daughter approved… Thanks again!!!

  4. Priscilla says

    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!!!

  5. Tonya says

    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. :)

  6. Kathy says

    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!

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