Chocolate Cake Pancakes


It’s official, these are my new favorite pancakes.  How could they not be, they are dessert pancakes!  This is the perfect way to enjoy chocolate cake in 10 minutes.  I get so impatient waiting for the chocolate cake to bake, then cool, then be frosted.  It’s far too much waiting for me, so I decided I needed to create a chocolate cake dessert that could be ready to eat much quicker.

You could call these brownie pancakes if you’d like, since they are made with brownie mix but I decided to call them Chocolate Cake Pancakes because their texture is much more like that of a chocolate cake rather than brownies.

Also, they taste just like chocolate cake.  They are moist, oh so chocolaty and purely divine.  It’s time for pancakes to become more than just a breakfast food, they are now a dessert food too!

I love these pancakes with my signature Vanilla Cream Syrup (that you’ve seen like 10 times already if you’ve been following =), but there are so many variations on these pancakes.  They give me another wonderful use for any leftover Vanilla Cream Syrup I have left from making breakfast pancakes.

So, I’d recommend trying them with Vanilla Cream Syrup at least once, then switch up the toppings as you’d like as long as you’ve tried them with that amazing syrup at least once =).

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Chocolate Cake Pancakes

Deliciously soft, perfectly chocolatey pancakes made with a brownie mix.

Servings: 7
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp butter , melted
  • 2 Tbsp applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Cream Syrup , for serving
  • Banana slices or strawberries slices , for serving


  1. Preheat a non-stick griddle to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 cups brownie mix and baking powder. Add in melted butter, applesauce, eggs, buttermilk, milk and vanilla and stir until combine. Pour 3 Tbsp mixture onto non-stick griddle (if your non-stick griddle is slightly warn you may need to butter it, I just found it was better not to butter the griddle because they spread less if not using butter). Cook pancakes several minutes until tiny bubbles start to appear on surface and you are able to lift an edge, then carefully flip and cook opposite side only about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve warm with Vanilla Cream Syrup or alternate serving ideas listed.

Alternate Serving Ideas

  1. Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  2. Frosting or Nutella
  3. Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream
  4. Sweetened whipped cream and powdered sugar
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cake Pancakes
Author: Jaclyn


  • Rani: What can I replace the applesauce with? September 6, 2014 at 11:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Vegetable or canola oil. September 6, 2014 at 2:13pm Reply

  • Diana: What can i replace the brownie mix with? June 30, 2014 at 6:22am Reply

  • Wisconsin Responsible Beverage Server: Simple and easy recipe! What can I ask for but a plate of that scrumptious delight! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Have a happy evening! July 10, 2012 at 12:50am Reply

  • Best Desserts: These pancakes can be a great Valentine’s Day treat for anyone who loves chocolate. This is really a fun and delicious dessert recipe. Thanks for sharing this fabulous post. February 8, 2012 at 11:35pm Reply

  • Melissa: Once upon a time I went to Australia (yes, dreams do come true!) and there is a little restaurant in Sydney called Pancakes on the Rocks – they serve chocolate pancakes with ice cream on top and they look JUST like this except 3 times bigger. I about died when I saw this post. I am making them right now! Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

    And if you ever make it to Sydney (which I recommend!) go to Pancakes on the Rocks! Delish. February 6, 2012 at 8:45pm Reply

  • Katie: I am so excited to make this! Ahhh! February 6, 2012 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Chocolate cake for breakfast! You are speaking my language, Jaclyn :) February 6, 2012 at 7:37pm Reply

  • Ana Dame: I love your pancakes! I have already made two of your pancake recipes, they turned out delicious. My husband loves the vanilla cream syrup. Thank you for sharing your recipes! February 6, 2012 at 5:56pm Reply

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