Red Velvet Pancakes & Cream Cheese Frosting
Rich and fluffy, these cream cheese glazed red velvet pancakes are the sweetest way to wake up on Valentine’s Day!
And let me just say what a HAPPY Monday this is! As I type this, my baby is taking his second nap of the day. And it didn’t involve any screaming or crying or tearing off his crib sheet or pooping out of his diaper or getting his arm twisted up in the crib rails.
Annnnnnd, to top things off– I don’t have to interrupt this glorious nap to race to the carpool line! I called up my husband at the last minute and said, “hey, I have this funny feeling he’s going to take a nap. Is there any crazy way you can leave work way early and pick up Emma?”
AND HE DID.
Seriously. Best Monday everrrrrrr happening over here!
There’s only one thing that could make this Monday any better… can you guess it?
A trip to Target fully funded by gift cards? Nope. Already did that! (seriously, you want my Monday).
A beautiful, vibrant red velvet batter that turns into fluffy pancakes drowning in a smooth cream cheese icing?
I love this recipe. We’ve been making it nearly every Valentine’s day for 5 years, and every year I think Emma is going to die of happiness.
It’s super easy to make, and the flavor is exactly what I expect from anything red velvet, because it starts with a cake mix. I love using cake mix for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that they are so predictable to work with. I know what the flavor will taste like (yummy), I know what the texture will be like (fluffy and soft), and I know that it will be EASY (because, duh. It’s cake mix).
And the cream cheese icing!!! Oh my.
It. is. everything.
But aside from that, I do want to tell you a couple of things about making the icing…
First, the consistency really depends on what you want. I’m giving you measurements that will give you a fairly thick frosting-like topping for the pancakes. I wanted something a little thinner, more like syrup would be. So after the 1/4 cup milk called for in the recipe, I continued to whisk in more and more milk until it ended up the way I like it.
The icing you see in the picture above has probably another full cup of milk whisked in beyond what is called for in the recipe.
That’s up to you, of course. It’s delicious either way!
PS. The afore mentioned sleeping baby is now awake.
Oh well. It is a Monday after all 😏.
Red Velvet Pancakes & Cream Cheese Icing
Rich and fluffy, these cream cheese glazed red velvet pancakes are the sweetest way to wake up on Valentine's Day!
Yield: 12 pancakes
For the Pancakes:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups red velvet cake mix
1 Tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups milk
For the Cream Cheese Icing:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk (plus more depending on the desired consistency)
splash of vanilla
Whisk together the flour, sugar, cake mix, baking powder and salt. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, and milk, just until batter forms.
Scoop 1/4 cup batter on to lightly greased griddle (I highly recommend using an electric griddle). Cook on one side until edges look dry and bubbles on top are not sinking back in. Flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with all batter.
Make the glaze: use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing in between additions. Gradually add the milk and vanilla while mixing until smooth.
Add more milk if desired for consistency (read post for details).
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