Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

December 5, 2012

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Red Velvet Pancakes – tender fluffy pancakes finished with a cream cheese icing to mimic red velvet cake. These gorgeously red pancakes are perfectly festive for the holidays and they are completely irresistible!

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze | Cooking Classy

Red Velvet Pancakes

I adore red velvet. Red Velvet Cupcakes are one of my all time favorites so I think they definitely deserve to be made in breakfast form. Don’t they just have Christmas written all over them? With such a vibrant and beautiful red there’s not really a more fitting or festive breakfast to serve up on Christmas morning.

These are such a breeze to whip up. No offense to any of you that only use pancake mix, but I still don’t understand the whole pancake mix thing. It maybe takes 1 minute longer to make them from scratch versus a pancake mix.

And once you do make that switch from pancake mix to made from scratch you’ll have a hard time going back. Not to mention, when you make pancakes from scratch the possibilities are endless! It’s so fun to create and eat so many different flavors of pancakes.

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze | Cooking Classy

Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods, if you don’t believe me check out the breakfast list on my recipe page. I haven’t even posted half of the pancake flavors I’d like to.

These are definitely going to be up there on the top of my pancake favorites not only because of their delicious combination of flavors but also for their stunning beauty. I love pretty food. I also love dessert for breakfast =).

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze = a decadent and incredibly delicious dessert for breakfast. Perfect fit for a celebration. Happy Holidays!

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze {Perfect for Christmas}

5 from 9 votes

Tender fluffy pancakes finished with a cream cheese icing to mimic red velvet cake. These gorgeously red pancakes are perfectly festive for the holidays and they are completely irresistible! Makes about 16 pancakes.

Servings: 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp red food coloring
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup salted butter , melted
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Glaze , recipe follows
  • fresh raspberries and mint leaves , for garnish (optional)

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 6 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 6 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk , plus more if desired
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat an electric non-stick griddle to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Measure out milk into a liquid measuring cup and whisk in vinegar, allow mixture to rest for 2 minutes. 
  2. Pour milk mixture into a separate large mixing bowl and add in sugar, eggs, red food coloring, vanilla and melted butter. Whisk mixture until well combine. While whisking, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. 
  3. Butter griddle if necessary and pour about a 1/4 - 1/3 cup batter (depending on how large you want your pancakes) at a time onto hot griddle (you can also use the back of measuring cup or spoon to lightly spread batter from center out to the edge a bit so they aren't thicker in the center then they are on the edges). 
  4. Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the top surface of the pancakes then flip and cook opposite side until pancake is cooked through (I didn't want the tops of the pancakes to be brownish red so I flipped them a little earlier than I normally do with pancakes, I didn't wait for many bubbles). 
  5. Serve warm with cream cheese glaze and garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves if desired.

  6. For the cream cheese glaze: in a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium speed, blend together cream cheese and butter until well combine and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

  7. Add in remaining ingredients and mix about 1 minute until well combine, adding additional milk to thin if desired. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Breakfast, Red Velvet Pancakes
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Faatimah

    These were so delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I was wondering if it’s possible to use buttermilk in this recipe instead of using the milk combined with vinegar?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes that should work fine too. You may just need a little extra, sometimes buttermilk can be fairly thick.

  • Melly

    Made these for my boyfriend and I. The batter makes a lot of pancakes so i was able to save some of the batter over the next few days. These red velvet pancakes were PHENOMENAL. I’ve had red velvet cakes a few times at different brunch spots and let me tell you … this recipe tasted better than that! Highly recommend!

  • Gerri

    Wow! Truly amazing. I made these for my daughter’s birthday and they came out perfectly! These are the softest pancakes I’ve ever made. I’m so thankful I found this website, I plan to try many more recipes

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you found it too! Hope you enjoy many more of my recipes!

  • Stephanie

    These are my new favorite pancakes of all time! They’re so fluffy and soft and just plain delicious. The glaze completes the pancake in order to make a perfect bite. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  • Margie

    Absolutely delicious! A huge hit with my 2 grown boys and husband! I’m going to try the sheet cake suggestions from one of the comments below with the leftover mix.

  • Elizabeth

    So delicious and easy to make! I will say that the cream cheese sauce recipe made a much larger quantity than we needed. All in all, it was a big hit! And we added chocolate chips for extra decadence.