Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze


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.

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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!

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

5 from 3 votes

Yield: 16 pancakes


  • 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. 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. 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). 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). Serve warm with Cream Cheese Glaze and garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves if desired.

Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. 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. 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.
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  • Anonymous: divas can cook
    December 8, 2012 at 8:59pm Reply

    • francis boyd: you are correct! September 25, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

  • ThisbeWhitney: I made these morning, and they are wonderful! I didn’t try the cream cheese glaze because I was lazy, but they were awesome enough on their own. Thanks for the recipe! December 7, 2012 at 6:49pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I decided to make the glaze first because I wanted to serve the pancakes as soon as they came off the griddle. Unfortunately, the glaze didn’t turn out as thick as yours in the picture. It looked like soup. I’m wondering if it should have read 2-3 TBSP of milk and not 2/3 cups milk. Well, I decided not to continue with the rest of the recipe. Sorry.
    Rosetta December 7, 2012 at 5:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Rosetta – you had me worried when I read your comment so I went and made this glaze again. I think you must be wanting something more like a frosting, if that’s the case then yes you would definitely want to add only about 3 Tbsp. This is a glaze so it’s meant to be runny. I thought a glaze was more fitting for pancakes than frosting. But I’m always open to advice so I changed the recipe to say 1/2 cup + =). Also, be sure that you don’t soften the butter and cream cheese too much (melting point) or yes the consistency will be off from what it should be. You are really missing out though I wish you would have continued with the rest of the recipe =). December 7, 2012 at 9:45am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Gorgeous! This really would be the perfect thing to wake up to on Christmas morning! December 6, 2012 at 6:11am Reply

  • Loretta E.: Also doubles as a good Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed for the honey! December 5, 2012 at 10:23pm Reply

  • Becky Bee: These look incredible! I’ll be making these this weekend for sure!
    December 5, 2012 at 8:31pm Reply

  • Kim Garceau: These looks like the best pancakes ever!!!! December 5, 2012 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Chloe West: Wow, these look incredible! My family is doing waffle for Christmas breakfast…maybe we’ll do this on Christmas Eve or something! Pinning! December 5, 2012 at 8:23pm Reply

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