Red Velvet Pancakes – A Valentine Delight

For about 2 weeks I was trying to come up with ways to treat my wife to a Valentine delight. Being a stay at home dad gives me options to work around the house. Cooking of course is one thing so I work with what I do best. I was in San Diego a few weeks ago and a segment on pancakes for your loved ones came on a news special. I thought, what a great idea! I’ve never seen red velvet pancakes before and before manipulating a few recipes to come up with my own I decided to give this one a whirl.

It’s not bisquick but here goes. The easiest way to do this is to have 2 separate bowls. One to mix dry ingredients and the other to mix wet ingredients. I used a sifter to add all the dry ingredients in. Once that’s in, shake, shake, shake just like you’re hitting a tambourine.

Next are your wet ingredients. Don’t worry about it being too thick. That’s because the buttermilk is doing its magic.

Go ahead and add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. I do it in this order because adding dry ingredients to wet causes lumps. Use a wire whisk to bring your ingredients together.

This is how it will look like once incorporated.

I borrowed some heart shaped cookie cutters from my mother in law. Usually you make circular pancakes but these go extra special! It’ll take you some time but it’s worth it for your loved one

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Red Velvet Pancakes
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  • 1 ½ c all-purpose flour
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 T sugar
  • ¼ c powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon


  • 1 ½ c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • 1 T red food coloring
  • ½ stick or 4 T of melted butter

Cream cheese frosting (optional)

  • 1 8oz. package of softened cream cheese
  • ½ t lemon juice
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ¼ c water


Grab 2 mixing bowls. One bowl for dry ingredients and the other for wet ingredients. Start by preparing dry ingredients first. Use a sifter to add all the dry ingredients in and shake until sifted into bowl. Whisk dry ingredients around to make sure everything is incorporated.

Next, mix all your wet ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk. The best way to mix the 2 types of ingredients would be to add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix in both and make sure everything is fully incorporated.

For Valentine’s day, you make use heart shaped cookie cutters and be sure to lube the inside of the cookie cutters with butter so that the pancake can escape them without sticking. You also want to traditionally add butter to your pan while making your pancakes and keep the flame at a medium to medium low heat. Remove the cookie cutters once the batter starts to bubble and then flip your pancakes. Enjoy with a loved one!

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