Radiating the most vibrant hue of red, these pancakes are flavored with unsweetened cocoa powder and tangy buttermilk. Finished with toasted pecans, warm maple syrup and a cream cheese frosting adornment, Red Velvet Pancakes are whimsical take on a classic Southern cake. I served these pancakes to my sweety on Valentine's Day, but you can certainly enjoy them on any day you feel like treating yourself or your loved ones. —Kitchen Konfidence
Red Velvet Pancakes
fine grain sea salt
unsweetened cocoa powder
buttermilk, plus more for thinning (if needed)
red food coloring
butter, melted, plus more for the skillet
Add all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, sugar and cocoa powder to a large bowl, whisking to combine and aerate. To a different larger bowl, add egg, buttermilk, sour cream, red food coloring and vanilla extract, whisking until smooth.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and whisk until just incorporated. Slowly stream in melted butter while whisking. Continue whisking just until all lumps are out. The batter should have a pourable consistency. If it is too thick, stir in a bit more buttermilk.
Warm a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a small dab of butter to the skillet and swirl around until the surface is evenly coated. Use a paper towel to wipe away any excess butter. Ladle 1/4 cup of the batter on to the skillet. To form a nice, round pancake, pour the batter from the ladle on to one spot of the skillet. Do not move around your ladle. The batter will expand from that spot into a perfect circle.
Flip the pancakes when you see bubbles forming on the top and the bottoms look set. Cook the pancakes for an additional minute or two until cooked all the way through. Keep the pancakes warm in the preheated oven until all batches are cooked.
To serve, decorate your pancake with some cream cheese frosting (see recipe below). Finish with a spinkling of toasted pecans and a drizzle of warm maple syrup.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat butter on medium in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Once the butter is smooth, beat in cream cheese, continuing to mix until smooth. Add sifted confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract and mix on low for a few moments. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth.
To decorate your pancakes, simply spoon some of the frosting into a ziplock bag. Press the frosting to the bottom of the bag then seal the top, forcing out any air in the bag as your seal. Snip one of the bottom corners off the bag to form a piping tip. You can pipe out a star (like I did above) with a larger tip or snip a smaller opening for more precise decorations.
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About Brandon: I enjoy cooking with seasonal ingredients, making ice cream and shaking up some killer cocktails. When I am not cooking and taking pictures of my food, I am at the beach, carousing with friends, taking day trips up the 5, or engaging in all manner of computer geekery.