All The Pancake Desserts You Can Make

Who said you can't have pancakes for dessert?

IMAGE Patrick Martires

Who said pancakes are not dessert? Pancakes are literally cakes cooked in a pan, hence the name pancakes. Also known as flapjacks, griddle cakes, and hotcakes, these are easy batters to put together, especially so if you're using a boxed mix. 

Breakfast is the common time these are made and served so it's so easy to forget that these really are cakes! It's sweet, fluffy, and drizzled with syrup that is really just another metaphor for the frosting on traditional cakes. If breakfast can be eaten at all times of the day, pancakes can most definitely be made for dessert. 

These pancakes are loaded with so many sweet delicious toppings that if you're having one these pancakes recipes for breakfast, it's the dessert that you can you legit eat every morning. Here are pancake recipes that can double as your dessert: 

This pancake recipe is easy to make, and it's easy to make even more delicious with strawberry syrup and fresh slices of the fruit.
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1 Strawberry Pancakes Recipe 

If a tall stack of pancakes drizzled with syrup is your idea of dessert heaven, this stack is for you. What makes these pancakes more than just your ordinary breakfast is the strawberry syrup. The pancakes itself are fluffy buttermilk hotcakes that will eagerly soak all that sugary liquid in. All that's missing are choice slices of fresh strawberries on top and maybe a dollop or two of whipped cream and a fruity dessert is served! 

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Fresh berries are a fantastic partner to pancakes.
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2 Pancakes with Berries Recipe

Fruits and cakes are naturally delicious together so it's not surprising to find these two commonly served on the same plate. This plate however has pancakes that will change the meaning of what dessert pancakes should be. The pancake batter of this Austrian recipe is loaded with rum-soaked raisins and apple slices. If that's not enough, it's chopped into bite-sized pieces and loaded on a plate with either fresh fruit like strawberries and kiwi or berry compote and sprinkled with powdered sugar before serving.

The classic cake flavor red velvet is a great idea to make into pancakes for dessert.
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3 Red Velvet Pancakes Recipe 

Red velvet is one of the most popular and well-loved cake flavors. It's fitting that there is a pancake version of this now classic cake! It has the same dark reddish hue, a touch of chocolate flavor, and the iconic and irresistible cream cheese frosting.

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Coffee pancake recipe becomes dessert with a cream cheese whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa powder, and a drizzle of rum-infused syrup.

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4 Tiramisu Pancake Recipe

If you know what tiramisu is, then you know that these pancakes claiming to be tiramisu are made with pancakes flavored with coffee, topped with a cream cheese-flavored whipped cream, and sprinkled with cocoa powder. To finish it off, a homemade syrup is infused with rum to give it that kick that you might find missing. 

These tiny pancakes are also called silver dollar pancakes because it was the same size as the old US silver dollar coin.


5 Lemon-Cream Cheese Dollar Pancakes Recipe 

Before the pancake cereal trend, there was the silver dollar pancakes. These pancakes got its name from its size which, at the time, were the same size as a "silver dollar". These are around 1 inch in diameter. While these pancakes are nowhere near that small, these small pancakes are still considered small compared to standard-sized ones. This mini pancake stack may be small in size but it's big on flavor! The cream in between each layer is a lemony, creamy cheese. How can you resist that? 

Mini pancakes like these can be used as part of party appetizers.
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6 Mini Pancakes With Mango Recipe 

Pancakes for dessert can have many meanings and if you're not one who loves the super sweet kind but prefer a cheese board for dessert, these mini pancakes fit the bill nicely. These pancakes are miniature but with chunks of sweet ripe mangoes, cream cheese, a cherry tomato, and ham on top, these are the bites any cheese board lover will snatch up eagerly. 


The most flavorful pairings on top of pancakes can be bananas, pecans, and homemade caramel.


7 Banana Pecan Caramel Pancakes Recipe  

When it comes to pancakes loaded with toppings for breakfast, this is one of those confections that might make the cut. These pancakes are regular buttermilk pancakes but it's just loaded. Sweet ripe bananas share the spotlight with homemade caramelized pecans and a homemade caramel sauce drizzled all over instead of a syrup.


Make your pancakes more flavorful with apples and cinnamon.


8 Cinnamon and Apple Pancakes Recipe 

Apples are fantastic when combined with the earthly flavors of cinnamon. This combination is what makes these pancakes so decadent! A pancake boxed mix is standard but sub out the syrup for this fresh apple and cinnamon topping that's both syrup and topping for a warm and different take on your plain pancake breakfast.    

You can't go wrong with pancakes that have chocolate chips and oatmeal.


9 Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe 

How can anyone forget that chocolate is a favorite flavor? Pancakes are no different from cakes when it comes to flavor so these chocolate chip pancakes are perfect for those who love that creamy and decadent taste.

To give it even more heartiness as well as flavor, these pancakes are also made with oats. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies aren't the only dessert that can pull off this combo! 

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