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Need the perfect Valentine breakfast? Looking for a cute and sweet alternative to traditional pancakes? Whip up a plate of these adorable pink mini pancake stacks! It’s easier than you think. We will show you how!
Holidays are always the perfect excuse to whip up some adorable food dishes.
Today’s addition to our recipe collection is simple to make.
These mini pancake stacks are as cute as can be. The sizing is somewhere between the size of a quarter and a half dollar. They would make the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch. You could also use this recipe and example to make any other themed stacks you’d like. (Green or rainbow for St. Patrick’s Day, pastels for Easter, red/white/blue for the 4th of July and so on.) The portioning of the mini stacks make them perfect meals for the kids or they would work great as portioned party snacks!
If you are like me and always short on time in the mornings, these pancakes could easily be prepared the night before you plan to serve them. Simply cook up the pancakes, place them in an airtight container, and place in the refrigerator. Heat them up in the microwave the next day before serving.
- Skillet/griddle/frying pan
- Piping bag (or use a Ziploc bag)
- Bamboo Skewers
- Small Heart Shaped cookie cutter
- Measuring cups and spoons (tsp and tbsp)
- Large bowl
- Medium bowl
Pink Mini Pancake Stacks Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you will want to have on hand to make these pancakes:
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Red food coloring
- Vegetable oil
- Butter (or cooking spray)
Pink Mini Pancake Stacks
- piping bag
- bamboo skewers
- small heart shaped cookie cutter
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- red food coloring
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or other cooking oil of your choice)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 large apple for "heart" toppers
- Mix the following ingredients together in a LARGE BOWL: flour, baking powder, salt
- Mix the following together in a (separate) bowl: egg, milk, honey, vegetable oil, vanilla extract.
- Pour the bowl containing the liquid mixture into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and whisk it all together.
- Mix in a couple drops food coloring. You can add more coloring, until the batter is the color you desire.
- Put the pancake batter in a piping bag.
- Grease your skillet with some butter. Pipe mini pancake shapes onto the skillet and fry each side until the batter is cooked all the way through. (About 1 minute per side.)
- Cut an apple into thin slices and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out a small heart for each mini stack of pancakes.
- Stack 5 mini pancakes on top of each other. Place a bamboo skewer in the stack and top with an apple heart!
Tips for Serving
I recommend letting the cakes cool off for a bit before placing them in a stack and adding the skewer.
The first time that I tried to make these mini stacks, I used a toothpick instead of a skewer. That did not work so great – the toothpick was not long enough. Definitely stick to the wooden skewers.
You can serve them on individual plates or place all of the stacks on one big serving platter and offer them up family style.
These stacks are PERFECT for dipping! They are already on skewers, so dipping is easy. Fill a small ramekin or condiment bowl with maple syrup (one per person is great) and set them on the table with the mini stacks.
Optional Topping: Sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar over the top of the pancake stacks if you would like! Feel free to substitute different fresh fruit, for example: a banana, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or even melon on the top of your stacks instead of the apples that we used.
Time Saver: If you are completely pressed for time, you can absolutely substitute pancake mix or waffle mix. Follow the directions on the package and then add the red food coloring before you put the pancake batter in the piping bag.
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If you decide to make these mini pancake stacks, please let us know how they turned out! Feel free to tag us on social media if you post a picture. We would love to see your version of them!