It is Valentine’s Day week! Some say this is a “Hallmark” holiday, but I happen to think that having one day specifically devoted to the ones you love is a great thing!
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and if you know my husband, you know this is true for him! Chris loooooves red velvet. I made Red Velvet cake balls a few years ago, and ever since then, he was hooked. Cakes, cake balls, Twinkies (yes, they make them!). Pretty much if it is red, and has a hint of chocolate flavor with a cream cheese icing, he is head-over-heels.
Back when we were first in love, I used to make him breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day, or his birthday, or other special occasions. I only wish I would have known infatuation for all things Red Velvet back then. Maybe I wouldn’t have had to wait so long for him to put a ring on it 😉
Slightly sweet pancakes with a just a hint of chocolate covered with a sweet, tangy cream cheese glaze. Decadent, yes. Drool-worthy, yes. But Valentine’s Day is only one day a year! I think your loves are worth it!
If your sweetie is a food-lover like mine, make them these pancakes!
Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze
adapted from my Buttermilk Pancakes
makes about 20 pancakes
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups buttermilk (or 2 Tbsp white vinegar mixed with just under 2 cups of regular milk-pour the vinegar into a measuring cup and fill it up to the 2 cup mark with milk)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp red food coloring
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For Cream Cheese Glaze
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened (I used low-fat)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk (or vinegar + milk mixture), eggs, oil, vanilla and red food coloring until well combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until well combined.
- Heat a griddle to medium heat.
- Pour the pancake batter in 1/4 cup portions on the hot griddle.
- Cook pancakes until small bubbles appear on the surface and begin to pop, about 3 minutes.
- Flip pancakes and continue to cook the other side until they are cooked through, another 2-3 minutes.
- Keep cooked pancakes warm in a 200 degree oven while cooking the remaining pancakes.
- Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the Cream Cheese glaze together in a large bowl until well mixed.
- Serve pancakes with the glaze.