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Thursday, August 14, 2014

{ Red Velvet Pancakes }

So, it happened. And it happened so fast. I don't think I even realize how fast it was happening, but it did, and it's here and there is nothing I can do about it. I knew it was going to happen and I knew it was going to happen quickly, but, I just don't know how it's here already.

My Bean is a Senior.

*momma wail*

I know I'm biased, but isn't he handsome?

Please note the Mr. Roger's tee shirt. That's just the kind of people we are.

For the first day of school I always like to make him something special for breakfast. It has been, very often, pancakes over the years. Since I made the Birthday Cake Pancakes for his 17th though, everything has changed. Normal pancakes won't do.

I considered making those again, which I've dubbed 'celebration pancakes' now, so he can have them more often, but I wanted this to be something even more special since it was his last first day of school (sans college).

Red Velvet it is.

He loves Red Velvet and the tang of cream cheese icing, so these were perfect. So easy to make too.
Like the Birthday Cake Pancakes, I mixed up the dry ingredients before I went to bed so they would be ready in the morning. I just measured everything into a lidded mixing bowl. I also made the glaze the night before. I refrigerated it, then sat it out as soon as I got up so it would get the chill off. Shaves a few minutes off the hectic before school routine. Then in the morning, I just measured in the wet ingredients and fried them up.

He said these are even BETTER than the Birthday Cake pancakes!

I think I just got an A+!

Happy School Year to all.


Red Velvet Pancakes
by Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers

For the pancakes:
1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 cup red velvet cake mix*
1 1/2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon Oil

Add all dry ingredients, into a mixing bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Slowly pour the wet into the dry and mix until combined. 
*cake mix is often lumpy, sift if needed

Pour a bit of oil into your pan and let heat. Drip a drop of the batter into the oil. When it begins to sizzle, add your pancakes.

When bubbles form on the cakes, carefully flip them over.
Test center by poking a small hole in it. If batter comes out, cook another minute or so.

Place on a paper towel just for a second to absorb any extra oil, then place on plate and serve!

This is a small recipe, it makes about 8 medium sized pancakes, easily doubled, tripled, etc.

Cream Cheese Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 oz cream cheese, softened 
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix softened cream cheese and powered sugar in a small bowl. Stir in milk a little at a time until well blended. Stir in vanilla.

Refrigerate any leftovers

You could also use my simple Vanilla Glaze instead

Vanilla Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2  Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add powered sugar and milk to melted butter. Whisk until smooth and glossy. Add vanilla and stir until combined. 


  1. These look awesome! I'm not sure I'll be up early enough to savor these on the first day of school, so maybe I'll make them as a last-night-of-summer dinner. I'm going to be a sophomore in a couple weeks, and if it goes as fast as you say, I'll try to stop and smell the roses for the next few years.
    ~Maya :):

  2. These look awesome! My baby started high school this year. I don't even know how I'm going to handle her senior year.


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