Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes

It’s an unseasonably mild October afternoon and you’re expecting some bad news, but instead you’re given good news – well, not good but better than expected at least. That only calls for one thing – celebratory pancakes for dinner!

Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes

What is it about having breakfast for dinner (or “brinner”, as my friends on Scrubs call it) that makes it taste so much better? Maybe it’s because it feels like you’re being naughty? Or maybe it’s just because breakfast food is the best type of food, so eating it for dinner is like double the treat! These chocolate chip cake batter pancakes were the perfect celebratory “brinner”, they’re so fluffy and soft it’s like eating a cloud! A buttery, chocolate chip loaded cloud! 

Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes


Of course, these pancakes would also be delicious for breakfast. I can’t think of a better way to start your day than a plate piled high with fluffy, yummy goodness – what can go wrong after this sweet wake up call? In fact, your day can only be perfect after starting it with such amazing pancakes – Next thing you know your boss is calling you into their office and giving you that promotion you had your eye on, you found a twenty in the pocket of that coat you’ve not worn since last winter, the cute barista at your favourite coffee place asks you on a date – the possibilities are endless with these pancakes!*

*Disclaimer: Giraffes Can Bake accepts no responsibility if none of these good things happen to you after you eat these pancakes – but what have you got to lose, right? 😉 (I’ll take a high five if they do though). 

Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes

The pancakes are nice and easy to whip up too. First let me tell you that the buttermilk is important, if a recipe calls for buttermilk 9 times out of 10 you don’t want to be substituting it for any other kind of milk – you need the buttermilk or your pancakes aren’t going to be fluffy and tender. If you can’t get your hands on buttermilk all is not lost, it’s easy to make your own. Just add 2 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a measuring jug, fill up to 500ml/2 cups with milk, leave it to stand for 5 or so minutes and use as directed in the recipe. The rumour on the grapevine is that you can achieve the same result with dairy free milk alternatives, I’ve not tried it myself so can’t vouch for it but my source is Joy The Baker so it looks pretty good for you vegans and dairy allergic/intolerant people! Pancakes for everybody*, yay! (*you will need to substitute the butter for a dairy free alternative and egg substitute if you’re vegan, but I’m afraid I will have to leave that in somebody else’s more capable hands!). Wow, can you believe I just rambled on for that long about buttermilk? It’s an important subject! The rest of the ingredients and process require much less explanation – just whisk the wet ingredients up, whisk in the dry, stir in the chocolate chips and get cooking those pancakes on your griddle. Okay, here’s another picture to apologise for all these wordy words!

Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes

 As you may be able to tell, my pancake shaping leaves a lot of be desired – I don’t know if there’s a special trick to getting perfectly round pancakes or everybody else just uses one of those egg rings. But it’s the taste that counts, and the imperfection just add charm right? Right?! Well, whatever your opinion on that matter I can tell you that I did not care about the odd shapes when I was eating them up. And neither did the kitten…

Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Pancakes

You turn your back for 10 minutes to take photos and a kitten pops up and munches on your reject pancakes! Her name is Elsa by the way, she’s a cute little thing but a sneaky one too! 

Don’t worry though, both Elsa and I saved enough pancakes to bring along to Fiesta Friday this week! And of course extra for our wonderful co-hosts this week Margy and Jhuls

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Okay, I promise I’ll stop teasing you soon and give you the recipe but if I can just hold your attention for another minute! Today is October 31st (Happy Halloween everybody – if you want a more festive treat today why not try these cute Spider-Man Toffee Apples or this healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie) which means it’s the last day of Lupus Awareness Month and the end of my giveaway, the winner has been announced on the post 🙂 

(It’s also my baby sister’s birthday today, happy birthday Kady!) 

Today’s Lupus Fact (click photo for info): 


Okay, recipe time!

Chocolate Chic Cake Batter Pancakes
Yields 10
Fluffy, buttery, delicious pancakes full of yummy chocolate chips
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  1. 290g plain flour
  2. 70g caster sugar
  3. 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 280ml buttermilk
  8. 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 tsp almond extract
  10. 100g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (plus extra for greasing pan)
  11. 200g semi sweet chocolate chips
  12. Maple syrup to serve (optional)
  1. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a bowl, lightly whisk to get rid of lumps and combine. Set aside
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract and almond extract to combine. Whisk in melted butter (make sure it's not still hot, warm is okay).
  3. Pour the egg mix into the dry ingredients and gently whisk to combine.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and gently fold into the batter with a spatula until evenly dispersed.
  5. Heat a griddle (or frying pan) over a medium heat, melt butter to coat. Once hot, spoon pancake batter onto the griddle (a large ice cream scoop is ideal for this, about 1/4 cup per pancake. Cook for about 1 minute, until you see the edges start to cook up. Flip pancake and cook on the other side until cooked through - another 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all pancakes are cooked (re-coating the griddle with more butter between pancakes). Keep cooked pancakes in a warm oven to stop them getting cold while you cook remaining.
  6. Serve pancakes with lots of maple syrup
  1. Serve pancakes immediately
  2. Or freeze for up to two months.
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  1. Dini @ giramuks kitchen says:

    These look amazing!! I might have to make these for brunch this weekend now! :)This is why I love #Foodie Fridays! Always making me hungry and making me try awesome stuff!
    My mother is lactose intolerant, and I’ve subbed lactose free milk with lemon and Soy milk with lemon as buttermilk for different recipes! So far – the differences are minimal!! 🙂 Though it probably depends on the recipe too…

    • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

      Thanks Dini! I love finding new recipes to try on #FoodieFridays too, the only problem is finding the time to try all of them haha!
      I imagine it will work in most cases with dairy free milk, as it’s the acidity you need most! If you do try this recipe with a dairy free milk, do let me know how it turns out!

  2. Loretta says:

    When my girls visit home, their favorite food for breakfast is “CCP’s” aka chocolate chip pancakes. Yours is a decadent version of CCP’s, I’ll have to treat them to this the next time they visit 🙂 Gorgeous!

  3. Naina says:

    These look wicked good Michelle! And I can imagine good things happening after starting my day with these lovelies! Thanks for sharing, going back to drooling now 😀

  4. Andrea Fogleman says:

    Yum! I love chocolate chip pancakes and so does the rest of my family. Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up for Scraptastic Saturdays. This post will be shared via FB/Twitter/Pinterest. Have a wonderful day. Hope to see you Saturday.

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