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Red Velvet Pancakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m kind of in love with Red Velvet.
But aren’t we all?
Do you seriously know anyone who doesn’t at least like-it-a-whole-lot?
I mean, at it’s worst, it just kind of tastes like chocolate.
And that really ain’t a bad thing.


Red Velvet Pancakes & Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe adapted from a recipe by: The Girl Who Ate Everything


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
  • 1-2 cups milk (I used closer to 2)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 c. Butter, softened
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • splash of vanilla, if desired

For the Pancakes:

  1. Whisk together all ingredients except for 1 cup milk.
  2. Add remaining milk 1/4 cup at a time until you’ve reached your desired “pancake consistency” (thinner batter for thinner pancakes, thicker batter for thicker pancakes… obviously).
  3. Pour pancake batter 1/4 cup at a time onto a preheated (about 300º) and buttered griddle or skillet.
  4. When bubbles form on top, flip and cook for another minute or two on the other side.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a stand mixer, whisk together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add in powdered sugar and milk, alternately, 1 cup (sugar) and 1 tbsp. (milk) at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency and sweetness.
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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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47 Responses to “Red Velvet Pancakes & Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. 4Sisters posted on January 13, 2012 at 10:16 am (#)

    Such deliciousness!!! Your pictures are beautiful. I am so drooling right now!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  2. Aimee posted on January 13, 2012 at 10:39 am (#)


  3. Mindie Hilton posted on January 13, 2012 at 11:17 am (#)

    I would love for you to share these at the Bacon Time linky up now. I think you should also enter these wonderful pancakes in our Valentine contest starting on Monday for a chance to win. I have some Valentine pancakes that I will be sharing on Sunday. I love yours.

  4. Katie J. posted on January 13, 2012 at 11:46 am (#)

    OMG! I guess I know what I am making for Sunday’s breakfast! So much for the diet;)

  5. Mackenzie posted on January 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm (#)

    Whoa! New blog design and now designing! I will be calling you!

  6. Hayley posted on January 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm (#)

    …..No words, Ashton.

    But um, I am drooling, if that says anything :)

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm (#)

    Um, yes please. I could eat a bunch of those right now!

  8. Courtney Baxtron posted on January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#)

    O.M.Y. {} this does not fit into my muffintop meltdown goals!

  9. Jerri Rivers posted on January 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm (#)

    Wow! I’d love a plate of these for Valentine’s Day!

  10. D. Lynn @Purple Kale posted on January 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm (#)

    I am a complete red velvet addict! I can never make it myself though. It always comes out metallic tasting. I have tried the beet powder too, but that just tastes like dirt. Oh well, guess I gotta leave it to the pros! This looks completely divine!

  11. Just Jaime posted on January 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm (#)

    Wow! These look so rich!

  12. Karen - Trilogy Edibles posted on January 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm (#)

    these look so good, I actually saw a package for a mix at World Market today. Small world and I bet yours are way delish!

  13. Chandler posted on January 14, 2012 at 8:33 am (#)

    this is amazing! I love all the photos and what a great idea! so decadent and gorgeous! yum!

  14. Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles posted on January 14, 2012 at 11:43 am (#)

    Oh this is just so wrong! Why would you do this to me? Oh craving it now!!!

  15. Noelle posted on January 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm (#)

    These just leaves me speechless!! Wow! OMG! I am a red velvet lover, and I have restricted myself to once a year, at Christmas!! But oh my…….visiting from Sweet for a saturday.

  16. Carrie posted on January 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm (#)

    I’m at a loss of words…………… I will be making these for my Hubs on V-day. Your pictures make me drool!

  17. c.w.frosting posted on January 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm (#)

    Definitely need to make these!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  18. Trish - Sweetology101 posted on January 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm (#)

    can you say DELISH….with a side of YUM YUM in the TUM TUM!!

  19. Bridget posted on January 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm (#)

    yummy! what a healthy breakfast ;) thanks for sharing

  20. Tonia L posted on January 17, 2012 at 12:30 am (#)

    Great idea for Valentine’s Day! You could even make the pancakes heart shaped for some added fun!

  21. Craft Crazy Mom posted on January 17, 2012 at 2:34 am (#)

    Red velvet cupcakes is the newest addition to our families Christmas morning traditions. I absolutely love this. Pinned!

  22. Holly posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:28 am (#)

    I want to eat those pancakes. I joined your site for more good food recipes. I’m getting hungry!!!
    Holly @ Down to Earth Style

  23. Jesika posted on January 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm (#)

    Saw your post on tipjunkie and too cute tuesday and had to stop by. Following you now from

  24. shopannies posted on January 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm (#)

    these look so super yummy love the fact that they are red perfect for valentines day come see what I shared at

  25. coconut posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm (#)

    Oh God, why did I look. I am going to be dreaming about these.

  26. Heather Green posted on January 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Ummm… Yes, please!! Those look phenomenal!!

  27. MrsFoxsSweets posted on January 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm (#)

    Love the color! So pretty for Valentines! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

  28. Six Sisters posted on January 19, 2012 at 12:42 am (#)

    How perfect for Valentines morning! Thank you so much for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back to share more ideas with us next Saturday. -The Sisters

  29. Oh, boy. Oh, joy! posted on January 19, 2012 at 10:07 am (#)

    OMG, now my New Year’s resolutions are definitely shot! Delightfully sinful!!

  30. Meg@MegaCrafty posted on January 19, 2012 at 10:14 am (#)

    Super cute idea, perfect for a Valentine’s breakfast in bed!

  31. 4you-withlove posted on January 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm (#)

    OMG I have to try this! Everyone in my family loves red velvet cake! In fact, my wedding cake was a red velvet cake. Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. Lindsi B posted on January 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm (#)

    oh….my….word….I have to have those!!! I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  33. Jocelyn posted on January 23, 2012 at 8:51 am (#)

    Pancakes from a cake mix??? Yes, please!!! These are so fun and so perfect for Valentines Day!!! Thank you for sharing with Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

  34. Kelli posted on May 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm (#)

    Pinned it! Love this idea. I’ve been looking around for pancake type dessert recipes and this one is so CUTE!

  35. Rachel (I Love My Disorganized Life) posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm (#)

    Red Velvet in a pancake?! You’re killing me! Yum!

  36. melina posted on October 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm (#)

    Omg!! I made these today! They were awsome only mine burned a little :)

    • Ashton posted on October 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm (#)

      Yay! So glad you liked them!

  37. Kahua posted on December 30, 2012 at 6:01 am (#)

    Really really good. Tastes just as good as the pictures look. This is the 2nd time this week I’m making these.

  38. Cassie posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm (#)

    Just made these for breakfast and OMG they were amazing! Thanks for the simple and excellent recipe!

  39. britanny posted on January 3, 2015 at 10:52 pm (#)

    Does anyone know how many pancakes this recipe makes? I would love to make them, but I don’t know if I should plan to save some or not.

  40. Heather posted on February 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm (#)

    These look delish! Do they do OK if the batter is made the night before? 

    • Ashton posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm (#)

      I actually usually advise against making batter the night before for pancakes and waffles. The baking soda in the mix will activate when you mix the batter, releasing the gas that makes the pancakes fluffy. If you mix it up too far in advanced, the gas will all be released (and let out as soon as you touch the batter the next morning) which means the pancakes won’t be as fluffy.

      I know that sounds super geeky, but basically what I’m saying is: if you mix the batter the night before, you risk losing fluffiness. It won’t be the end of the world… but you’ll lose fluffiness :)

  41. Asrina posted on February 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm (#)

    I made these this morning for my kids – they were a huge hit! Super easy and yummy – thank you!

  42. Heather posted on February 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm (#)

    Just reporting that I made these for Valentine’s Day morning and my husband actually tried – and LIKED – them! Thanks for the great tip about not preparing them the night before!


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