Pancake Poppers

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It is no secret that pancakes are a favorite in our house. For breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s one of my go to meals for meatless Monday, actually. My husband is more of a traditionalist when it comes to pancakes. He never requests any add-ins and is perfectly content with plain pancakes drenched in syrup, of course. He could eat the same thing every time.

One of the reasons why I started this blog, was so I’d have the ideal excuse to try out new recipes and let my creativity go wild. It’s one of my most beloved things when it comes to writing about food. So, it was only a matter of time before I’d get bored with flipping one pancake after another.  And shortly after, Pancake Poppers were born.

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Now there are no kids to test these on in our family, but we had so much fun dipping these pancake balls in syrup. And if we can enjoy these that much, I am certain your whole family will love them as well. And talk about cuteness. Food that is adorable always tastes 1000x better anyhow.

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These Pancake Poppers were baked in a Cake Pop Pan. If you don’t own one, you could totally use a mini muffin pan instead.

I am pretty sure I will never go back to standard pancakes for multiple reasons. The batter used in this recipe yields super airy and light pancakes. Once I prepared the basic batter, I beat an egg white until soft peaks formed and gently folded it into the pancake batter. It makes for the fluffiest little things. Also, you can have these ready in 15 minutes. All of your pancake poppers will be done at the same time, no more waiting until you’ve cooked your first batch to move on to the next. Everyone will be able to eat fresh poppers as soon as they pop out of the pan, ha!

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And you can enjoy these any way you like. Chocolate chips, blueberries, plain like my husband loves them or any way you dress up traditional pancakes. The opportunities are endless.

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These would even be a great breakfast on the go when you’re running out of time, but still want to enjoy a good meal to get you ready for the day ahead. Yeah, you can probably tell how excited I am about these. I have thought this through.  I made sure I could have them any time of the day in any way possible. They’re pretty much my new obsession.

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I hope they’ll be yours, too! Also, almost exactly 2 weeks until the first day of Spring. Yippee!

Pancake Poppers
Yields 24
Enjoy your family's favorite pancakes in bite-sized form. Pancake Poppers are light, fluffy and oh so cute!
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  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  5. 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  9. 1 large egg white
  10. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a cake pop or mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. 1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the milk, 1 whole egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Whisk until mostly smooth. Don't overmix. It's okay if some lumps remain. In another bowl, beat remaining egg white until smooth peaks form. Gently fold into batter until incorporated. Add mini chocolate chips, if using.
  3. 2. Using a cookie scoop, fill each cake pop mold or muffin cup with pancake batter (fill it almost all the way) and place in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Immediately invert pancake poppers onto a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes or until they're safe to handle. Serve with your favorite toppings.
  1. Pancake Poppers are best enjoyed on the same day.
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  1. These are too cute! When the page first loaded I thought I was looking at a bowl of clementines. I bet my kids would pop the entire bowl without a second thought!

  2. These are absolutely adorable! LOVE them!

  3. Pancake poppers – what a great idea! I looooooove pancakes and am always trying out new variations. I will have to try these! So cute! Pinning!

  4. These are SO cute Kathi! And, in my opinion, a better use of a cake pop machine!! Love your gorgeous photos! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Kathi, these are SO cute! Every Saturday morning, by the boys’ request, we have pancakes–or pan-pakes as my two-year-old calls them! I could see them flipping over these poppers. And you can bet dunking them in syrup would be their favorite!

    • You must have the cutest kiddos – “pan-pakes” just melted my heart :). If the big kids go crazy over these, I am sure the little ones will too, ha!

  6. Kathi, these are SO cute, what a awesome idea! Finally, I can have pancakes on the go. Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kathi, we are huge pancake fans here at my house, too! And, these are so fun! I’m putting this cake pop dilly in my Amazon cart right now! You’re so creative!

    • Ha! I really hope you enjoy these, Gloria! Let me know how they turn out. I’d love to hear. And thanks a million for your sweet comment!!

  8. What a fun breakfast treat! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  9. These are brilliant and adorable! I never would have thought of making pancakes in a cake pop pan, but now I have to try it! Pinned of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Andi. I hope you make them – they’re a cinch to make and so cute to look at. Thanks for saying hi and the pin ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This is such an awesome idea! These would be a hit at our house!

  11. These look so good – I know they’d go over well at my house! My husband makes the pancakes, so I will have to share this with him! Pinning right now!

    • Thank you so much, Michelle. I hope your family will love them and thanks for pinning!! Let me know what your hubby thinks – I’d love to hear!

  12. Instead of dunking these fun little poppers, do you think adding the syrup in the batter would work too? I’d love to take these on soccer trips(we’ve had some pretty early ones),but I’m not willing to take the chance of having sticky syrup on my car. Even if my kids are teens. One bump just right….

    • Haha. I totally understand. I have never tried that, but I think that adding syrup to the batter could definitely work. I’d probably substitute the sugar for the syrup to begin with it and see how they turn out. Hope that helps and have a wonderful soccer season!!

  13. Those are so cute!! And I love that they are all ready at the same time. That’s the part about fun, family breakfasts on the weekend: it’s hard to sit down and eat together.

  14. Allyson Dantzler says:

    Pinned this last night and made these this morning..used my mini muffin tin and got 30 fluffy,yummy pancake poppers! We LOVED them! Made them plain, mini chocolate chip, and blueberry! So cute!! And WAY better than flipping pancakes all morning! Now I want a cake pop pan! Thanks for the yummy recipe and idea!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are so welcome, Allyson. Thanks for letting me know that you liked them so much. Love that you made different kinds, too. Hope you had an amazing weekend!!

  15. So, are these Cake Pop Pans the silicone ones or is it a cake popper machine?

    • I have a metal cake pop pan (much like a mini muffin pan), but the silicone kind should work just fine. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Sabrina says:

    Hello I’m a fifteen year old female going into my junior year and I’ve devoted my summer to finding new recipes, and trying them out for my family and I. These look so amazing and I’m so ready to try them: however, I have no experience with separating eggwhites. Could I just use 1 egg instead, or should I just deal with the new procedure? Thanks

    • I wouldn’t recommend using a whole egg. It will make them heavier. Try separating the eggs. It’s easier than you think ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. These Pancake Poppers look so cute and yummy!!

  18. These are an awesome idea..need to make them grain free or my family.

  19. This recipe works perfectly in a cake pop maker! Perfect round balls! the first recipe that has produced full balls in the cake pop maker! amazing!

  20. Wow! I love these! Just discovering them now, I feel like I’m really late to the game. Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. A question (or two) i mAke cupcakes almost every day and always look for something new. These look wonderful! I’d like to, try the recipe as 12 cupcakes. I do not have a mini pan and am not likely to find one in the third world country where I live. Do you think they would not collapse? Also I do not have unsalted butter. Is there a noticeable difference in the result?
    Thanks, Kay

  22. We tried them with a mixture of cream cheese and raspberry jam. Oh My!

  23. Hello! These are going to be perfect for my daughter’s sleepover breakfast. Can I make the batter the day before? Thanks!

  24. Stacia says:

    I am turning my 15 year old daughter onto this idea! She has her own cake pop machine & pans for the oven & loves any reason to bake, maybe it’s time for Brinner at our house tonight! Thanks for sharing, I have pinned this for future use!

  25. Cutecupkait says:

    I tried these using a mini muffin pan and they were awesomesauce! Better than actual pancakes! The only thing I would say is that it’s good to flour the chocolate chips first so they don’t all sink to the bottom while baking.

  26. Before I run to the grocery store, can you use pancake batter instead (with eggwhites)?

  27. Leah Bakken says:

    I don’t have a cake pop pan, but I would love to make these. Would it work if I used my doughnut iron to make these?


  29. These pancake pops were perfect! I made them in my cake pop maker my husband and I got for our wedding and the pops cooked perfectly! So moist in the middle, and the reCope made the perfect amount I needed! Thank you!

  30. I consider myself a very good pancake maker. Though I have a no-fail recipe, Iโ€™m always looking for something new. I had plenty of blueberries on hand and figured Iโ€™d give this a whirl. The batter was so runny I knew it wasnโ€™t going to cook right. I ended up trying to save the batter, but it produced gummy pancakes that my kids ate, but I could barely choke it down. The blueberry sauce was sickeningly sweet. Gross.

  31. Avery M. says:

    Just popped these in the oven; crossing my fingers that they turn out! Thanks for the recipe Kathi!

  32. About to make these for the third time in two months! I don’t have a cake pop pan and somehow have lost all my mini muffin tins to kid projects … so I used my mini doughnut pan. It helped perfectly cook them in the middle and gave a nice extra little crunch ๐Ÿ™‚


    We’ve made all varieties: sprinkles, snickerdoodles, choco chip, raspberry. So many options!

  33. These are adorable! My teenagers love their pancakes with choco chips and I have a Cake Pop pan. I am definitely trying this. And I’m sure I would need to make a bigger batch! Thank you for sharing this…?

  34. So that’s the case? Quite a revaeltion that is.

  35. Just tried this recipe EXACTLY as written, with the exception of using the baking spray with flour added (used plain baking spray in large quantity). This is a fantastic recipe. Fed 7 girls post-sleepover with a single recipe.

    I forgot to spray the pans in between cooking 2 batches, and the pancake-pops stuck to the bottom horribly, so remember to spray your pans in between each batch!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Will be using again!

  36. Sweetz Reliford says:

    Can I freeze and pop in microwave for rushy mornings?

  37. Thinking of trying these for my daughter’s sleepover.

  38. This idea is so brilliant. I make them in mini muffin pan. No flipping! Kids love them and you can add anything to them. I substitute honey for sugar and they come out perfect every time!

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