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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!

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Icing. Such a fun recipe for Valentine's Day breakfast!


***Update 12/21/2016: Ok, so I know this is a Valentine’s day post, but I thought this recipe was festive enough that it was worth re-visiting for Christmas 🎄. Enjoy!


Originally written and posted February 2012.


Happy Monday!!

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?”


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).

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Icing. Such a fun recipe for Valentine's Day breakfast!

A beautiful, vibrant red velvet batter that turns into fluffy pancakes drowning in a smooth cream cheese icing?


How about a vibrant red velvet batter that makes fluffy, delicious, beautiful pancakes?

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).

How about a vibrant red velvet batter that makes fluffy, delicious, beautiful pancakes?

How about a vibrant red velvet batter that makes fluffy, delicious, beautiful pancakes?

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!

How about a vibrant red velvet batter that makes fluffy, delicious, beautiful pancakes?

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!


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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Rich and fluffy, these cream cheese glazed red velvet pancakes are the sweetest way to wake up on Valentine's Day!

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

47 comments on “Red Velvet Pancakes & Cream Cheese Frosting”

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

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. …..No words, Ashton.

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

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

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. Wow! These look so rich!

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. Definitely need to make these!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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

  18. yummy! what a healthy breakfast ;) thanks for sharing

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

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

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

  22. Saw your post on tipjunkie and too cute tuesday and had to stop by. Following you now from http://craftgeekjj.blogspot.com

  23. these look so super yummy love the fact that they are red perfect for valentines day come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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

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

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

  27. 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

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

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

  32. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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  40. 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.

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

    • 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 :)

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

  43. 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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