Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Makes 24 pancakes

This recipe is our new favorite excuse to eat cake for breakfast (not that we needed one). The Loveless Café, Nashville's famous down-home spot for southern comfort food, is best known for their flakey stacked biscuits--but we absolutely love their festive layer cake-inspired pancakes just as much. Much like traditional red velvet cake, these cocoa pancakes are served with a delightful sweet and tangy cream cheese butter to cushion in between each flapjack.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sift together first 6 ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and next 3 ingredients in another bowl. Gradually stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto a hot buttered griddle or large nonstick skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry and cooked. Turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until done. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200° oven up to 30 minutes. Serve with Sweet Cream-Cheese Butter.

Step 2

Note: When using a griddle, heat it to 350°.

Step 3

Tip: For tender pancakes, don't overmix the batter; it should be lumpy.

Ratings & Reviews

Absolutely Amazing

August 17, 2016
These pancakes are absolutely amazing! I followed the recipe exactly, and was very impressed by how they turned out. The pancakes themselves are moist and delicious, though not too sweet, so they go perfectly with the extra sweet cream cheese butter. My friends are also huge fans of this recipe, so the pancakes are always a hit when we have them for breakfast. They're even better with a glass of milk. :) Fabulous!! 

Prom mom's review

April 26, 2015
Made these for post prom breakfast. Total success. While I had to add just a touch more buttermilk for consistency, I otherwise followed the recipe. They were very cake like and exactly what I expected. The cream cheese butter is divine.

kslighthouse's Review

December 25, 2013
This recipe was amazing. I thought it tasted like red velvet cake, only I use a cooked icing when I make my red velvet cake. I would give this 4 stars but the Sweet Cream Cheese Butter recipe makes a lot. I halved both the pancake recipe and the Sweet Cream Cheese Butter and it was more then we could use. Next time I will make 1/4 of the Sweet Cream Cheese Butter.

YankYank38's Review

March 03, 2013
They tasted more like chocolate pancakes rather than red velvet. I will use less cocoa next time.

deerfisherman's Review

February 13, 2013
these are delicious! followed recipe exactly. yummy!

Mardimelt's Review

November 21, 2012

detailaddict's Review

February 14, 2013
As a pancake recipe, this is really good. The pancakes cooked up moist and cake-y and were quite filling. But I can't really speak to the "red velvet" part yet as I modified the recipe to make them healthier and less sweet. I used white wheat flour and omitted the powdered sugar entirely (which was just as well, as the batter would have been too thick), and tried using the juice of 1 pureed beet for the coloring. The cocoa and the darker flour overpowered the red color so that the pancakes were simply a chocolate color, although they tasted great - chocolatey with no "beet" flavor. I also used fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt instead of the cream cheese butter, and this made a fine substitute. Next time I will try more beet juice and less cocoa for a redder color, and maybe mix some cream cheese into the yogurt.