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Mini fluffy pancakes

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Mini dollar pancakes are those small round pancakes with 3-4cm in diameter. My son was treated with these mini dollar pancakes by his 2nd aunt during our last trip to Penang. It was love at first bite for him. Ever since then, he kept reminding us of  his memorable food experience. Knowing that he loved these pancakes so much, I started my mini pancake experiment. After a few rounds of trial and errors, I finally found the secret to making perfect mini soft and fluffy pancakes! Yay! Regardless of  which pancake recipe you follow, place more emphasis on the technique as it helps to produce soft and fluffy pancake texture without having to add too much baking powder.


For these mini fluffy pancakes, I use a simple recipe that calls for all the basic ingredients. What makes it so unique is how the eggs are beaten. Eggs are first separated. Then the egg whites are whipped up to form peaks and folded into the batter. This method will help to create more air bubbles in the batter. When the batter is cooked, the pancakes will puff up magically. Being a person who always flunks science exams, this is indeed a great discovery for me. Hehe!


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You may think making mini round or fun shaped pancakes is difficult. In actual fact, it’s not only easy but the most fun part of all in making pancakes. I learned a cool and neat trick on how to do it from this VIDEO. By pouring the batter into a refillable ketchup plastic bottle (refer to the photo in PAGE 2 BELOW), you can control the flow of your batter with ease when creating the size or shape of pancakes that you prefer. Why not get your kids involved and share the fun too? I’m sure they will be very proud to present you with their very own pancake creations. If you can’t find the ketchup bottle, you can also use cookie cutters to cut out different shapes. That’s what I did for the mini love shaped pancakes shown in the photo above.


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To increase your success rates in making these mini pancakes, remember to apply the following three basic rules:

  1. Use a good non-stick pan so the pancake can be loosen easily.
  2. Make sure the pan is hot (but not smoking hot) before you put the batter – simply sprinkle a few drops of water onto the pan. If they sizzle away, the pan is hot and ready for use.
  3. Set your heat to medium low.
  4. Make sure the heat is well distributed so it will give your pancake a more even colour.

I had also included extra tips in my recipes at PAGE 2 BELOW.


These pancakes are perfect for both breakfast and tea time snack. You can serve them with your choice of topping and filling, be it sweet or savoury. I love to serve them with yogurts (sometimes sorbet or ice cream) and top with fresh fruits and roasted nuts. I hope this fun filled food experiment of mine will bring you and your kids much joy this September school holidays. Let’s get into action now!


Get the recipe and step by step tutorial for Mini Fluffy Pancakes at PAGE 2 BELOW.


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  1. sam says:

    woah, so if I don’t have the electric whisker, then cannot do this, huh? Guess I’ll just continue buying the pancake mix! It makes fluffy pancakes all the same.

    • food-4tots says:

      Sam: You can whip up the egg white either with an electrical mixer or by hand with a wired balloon whisk as stated in my recipe. It’s fun, easy, healthier to make them from scratch with your kids. Do give it a try! 😉

  2. What a fun pancake party!

  3. Christine says:

    We loooove pancakes, thanks for the tip of the egg whites, will give it go next weekend!

  4. Ellena says:

    Awesome!!! Your pancake post is such a fun learning activity for the kid during this school holiday!!!! Can we enrol :p

  5. anncoo says:

    These pancakes looks so soft and cute. I want to enrol too 🙂

  6. LK, these are so adorable! The texture looks really good too 🙂 Bet your son must have loved these!

  7. evelyn says:

    I love the 3 piggies. They are so cute like a happy family! Pancake is my son’s favourite too. I used cake flour and added instant oatmeal. It turned out soft but not fluffy as those served in McDonalds. Perhaps I shall try your method 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Evelyn: Thanks! The 3 piggies represents the members in my family. 😉 In my previous recipe, I also tried to mix with cake flour and the result was similar to your finding. Another tip for you, do not overcook it. Happy trying! 😉

  8. Ching @ LCOM says: cute! You really have the patience.

  9. Joanne says:

    These really do look incredibly fluffy! What a fun breakfast.

  10. So adorable! Now this is the breakfast I want to wake up to 8)

  11. Look delicious!!! My kids will like the piggy version. Will try the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Chris says:

    Mum said it looks delicious!!
    Happy eating. So we don’t need to bring your to our favourite place when you next visit

  13. peachkins says:

    Super cute pancake!!!

  14. Sasha says:

    So cute! What a lovely idea 🙂

  15. noobcook says:

    mini ones are so cute! love the pig faces 🙂

  16. I am sure all the kiddies went crazy!! These pancakes are SO cute and irresistable!

  17. Gene says:

    These are cute pancakes. I always cook pancakes from the box. I want to try this. No, erase that. I will try this. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Awesome! Your food presentation is really top-notch. Am not sure if I will have the patience to do it so well!

  19. Chris says:

    Looks delicious…

  20. shirley chan says:


    Is it possible to make the pancake and store it in the fridge, heating it up the next morning? Thks!

    • sam says:

      Of course you can store in fridge. You can also put in a container and put in the freezer. Really convenient. THen just steam it in the microwave – the pieces you want.

      • food-4tots says:

        Sam: Thanks for reply! 😉
        Shirley: Sam is right. For normal oven/ toaster oven, I had already mentioned it in note 8 of page 2. For microwave, you can refer to Sam’s method as I personally do not own a microwave. 😉

  21. Janine says:

    If I were your kid, I’d definitely gobble everything up! Really admire your patience to make all those tiny pancakes!

  22. Priya says:

    Soo cute and adorable those pancakes are..

  23. KY says:

    Your mini pancakes are so a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!! And those piggies too. Wish I could have the patience and time to prepare the same for my children. How lucky your son is to have such a loving and creative mother like you!! Great presentation, again!

    • food-4tots says:

      KY: Thanks for your wonderful compliments! For a change, maybe you can let your children make these pancakes for you. I’m sure they can handle well and will have loads of fun. 😉

  24. mycookinghut says:

    So cute!! I really love how you made these little pancakes look fun to eat!

  25. So much fun! My little one is so into pancakes and these will be a hit. We might add choc chips to ours. Little piggies too cute to eat

  26. Laura says:

    These are adorable!

  27. shirley chan says:

    Pardon me for being so blur. Only read that you already mentioned about the storing part after i post the comments. LOL

    will try making the pancake tonight! Thks once again!

    • food-4tots says:

      Shirley Chan: You’re always welcome! Besides pancakes, all baking items (such as muffins, cake and bread) can be kept in the fridge too. Looking forward to hearing your feedback! 😉

  28. What a pancake party! Every thing here looks happy and lovely.

  29. Those pancakes are adorable! I may be 25 but I want cute pancakes like that for breakfast!

  30. Sailu says:

    I showed these mini pancake pictures to my son and his friend yesterday. And they want them asap. So its mini pancakes for breakfast tomorrow. Will report back on my son’s comments after he’s eaten them. 🙂

  31. You’re so creative and artistic. Love these cute pancakes.
    Btw, what’s the background of the first picture? I like the light green pattern. Very beautiful.

  32. Amelia says:

    wow, your pancake so cute. Very creative ideal. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Alice says:

    Thks for sharing this recipe and tips – very useful 🙂
    Pretty pics – as usual 🙂

  34. Thanks for sharing this magic recipe!!

    My little one loves pancakes and I cant wait to try this out!

  35. Well done, they are so cute! Thanks for the bottle tip!

  36. Hi again LK! Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I have just changed the name of my blog from “Tastes of Home” to “Smoky Wok” 😀 would you mind updating your blogroll when you have a minute? I finally got to my own domain after procrastinating for so long!

  37. anggie says:

    i love this will try out soon 🙂
    btw, what is “double acting” baking powder, not the same with normal baking powder ??

  38. Yixi says:

    Hi LK, is it possible to create the peak in the egg white by just whisking with a pair of chopsticks? I tried today but I only got lots of bubbles so am wondering if I should do it longer or is it just not possible to create the peak without a whisk actually? Thanks!

  39. NKOTB says:

    this is absolutely beautiful!!! 🙂

  40. Charity says:

    Totally adorable. I know my own two year old would LOVE to join the pancake parade. Great idea for this weekend.

    Love your site in general by the way and just added it to my blogroll.

    Best, Charity

  41. Esef aka pixen says:

    I did similar concept with my son with animals and normal rounds. I learnt from his kindy teachers his friends always around him during snack break because they wanted to see what he got in his box 😀 A little effort did made the difference in à child’s life and made him spécial :-). Though he’s nearly 6 years old now, he still loves the idea.

  42. Kx says:

    Can I make this pancake without non-frying pan? Cuz I use electric instead of gas stove.

  43. sara says:

    Love! These are super cute! 🙂

  44. Hui Min says:

    Hi, can I ask if the tablespoons are flat or heaped, and how many mls is “a cup of milk”? Thank you! 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Hui Min: For my recipes, the measurement for tablespoons should be flat unless stated otherwise. For this recipe, please use 200ml for the milk. 😉

      • Hui Min says:

        Thanks! (: I stumbled on your blog some weeks ago, and have tried a couple of the recipes. Am most excited since I’m very strict with my 2-year-old’s diet, and it has been increasingly difficult finding healthy food for him. Love how simple the recipes are (or at least, is made out to be, on your blog)! Thanks for sharing the great ideas!

        • food-4tots says:

          Hui Min: Thanks for your kind compliment. Just to point out that my recipes are recommended for kids above two and half years old as some ingredients and seasonings may trigger allergies or associate with certain health issues. So please use them with extra care and make the necessary adjustments if needed. Happy trying! 😉

  45. Moul SopheaVattey says:

    Can I make it with all purpose flour?

  46. Grace says:

    must we use double acting baking powder?

  47. Yasmin says:

    Hi! I just want to say, my 3-year old loves this pancake so much he ate them faster than I made them! Even his 1-year old sister loves of too. Thank you very much! I look forward to try more of your recipes 🙂

  48. chelle says:

    hello! I made this recipe this morning in rush after I googled ‘mini pancakes recipe’ :p
    totally loved by my family and my friends!
    thanks for sharing^^

  49. Ellen May says:

    How many serves does this recipe approximately make?

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