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 10 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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  • Myisha

    Omg these look heavenly! Your recipe was the first to pop up when i searched for a homemade not-cake-mix recipe; i’m excited to try these for brunch for my two sisters & niece. They love my from scratch Red Velvet cake, so i’m hoping these will be great & surprise them :)

  • Viara

    1st time trying these and they came out great! I have to say that there were 4 of us and we only managed to east about half of the batter in pancakes (everyone had 3) – so lazy ol’ me decided to bake the rest in a cake tray and cover it with the glaze. I have to say thos was the best idea I’ve had in a long while! I had it in for about 25min at 180C.

  • Aiden

    The recipe is good but can you please send me suggestions on how to not burn them? Thank you

  • kim

    Made these for my daughter for Valentine’s day. They turned out great! I read through some of the comments to make sure I catch extra tips while making these. I had to use Wilton cake decorating color because the store sold out of regular red food coloring. I added enough Wilton color to get the red i wanted. The cream cheese glaze was great too. THANK YOU for posting this recipe!!

  • Vanessa Boswell

    Dear Jaclyn,
    Your recipe is amazing! I work for John D Wood and wondered if you would allow us to use your recipe on one of our recipe cards (dedicated to pancake day and valentines day). They are perfect for such an occasion! We would of course mention your lovely food blog. It would be sent to 5000 people in Oxford.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best wishes