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Flower Pancakes

[flower shaped pancake on a plate]

If you’re making pancakes for Mother’s Day here is a simple way to make them extra special. All you’ll need is a squeeze bottle.

[squeeze bottle filled with pancake batter]

I cut the tip of mine a bit to allow for a larger opening.

Forming, or drawing, the flowers is fairly simple. You might want to set the temperature under your pan a half stop lower than you’d normally use for pancakes to give yourself a bit of time to draw.

[steps of drawing a pancake in batter on a hot skillet]

Start with the center, put one dot of batter in the center of the pan and wait a brief moment, then put another dot just next to it, wait, and another that touches them. The pause between dots will create more definition, if you dab them down too quickly they will come out looking like a solid blob. A slightly off-center set of dots will look more organic than a geometric pattern of six dots surrounding the center.

Draw one petal and fill it in with batter, then draw the next petal. You’ll want to make the petals fairly wide at the top. A lot of the most romantic flowers grow with sets of five petals so I made sure I made them wide enough to cover the space with only five. An odd number of petals will also help make the flower appear more organic and hopefully a bit less cartoony.

Lastly draw a leaf and fill it in. When you flip your pancake over you will see your picture emerge. Hopefully.

[many flower pancakes on a platter]

Since these take a bit longer to make it’s a good idea to put a plate in your oven and set it to warm to keep your pancakes until you’re ready to present them.

[a table with two place settings]

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For some really incredible pancake making I will point you towards Jim’s Pancakes which I came across while doing some research for my flowers. Especially take a look at Golden Gate Bridge, volcano, snake, and an entire standing crane. If you don’t have a squeeze bottle you can still create a flower layout by stacking silver dollar pancakes around a butter center, which I spotted at J’s Cafe Nette, very sweet.

· comments [45] · 05-7-2010 · categories:food ·

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Erin // May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    These. Are. Amazing! Must do!

    Thanks so much.

  • 2 Adélie // May 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    So simple, and yet so effective! Great idea (and yummy looking pancakes).

  • 3 joanna schmidt // May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    yum. Those are beauties!!!

  • 4 Tety // May 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    What a wonderful idea!

  • 5 PixelHazard // May 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    That is a brilliant idea! A squeeze bottle. what a simple solution

  • 6 maria // May 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    What a great idea! My mom used to make us shaped pancakes when we were kids, mostly Pac-man and the ghosts. And usually our first initial. What a fun way to turn things around. :)

  • 7 Mrs.Buck // May 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    wow, what a creative idea! My nana always made us mickey mouse eared pancakes when we were kids – but this is taking it to a whole new level – I love it!

  • 8 Carla // May 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I will leave the front door open and put on my good pj’s!

  • 9 Kate // May 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    You could use food coloring and make the pancakes even prettier — pink or blue for the petals, yellow for the inside, and green for the leaf. You just would need extra squeeze bottles for each color dye.

  • 10 barbara gary // May 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Really cute but I have to wonder if you’re wanting flowers why not put a drop of food coloring in the bottle & make them really pretty? I think I’ll try that thanks for the idea I have a lot of these bottles sitting around empty at the moment.

  • 11 Jimspancakes // May 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for the link! Glad to see that you love pancakes as much as I do! Check out my latest creations- a pancake necklace and a pancake burger (burger will be on my blog on Tuesday) – See ya! Jim

  • 12 Kath // May 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    You are the bomb, Megan! What lovely pancakes!

  • 13 Nathalie // May 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Absolutely amazing. How do you come up with this stuff?? I stumbled on your website a while ago through a link to your pies in a jar. I have become more and more addicted to your blog since!

  • 14 Maria // May 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    This so cool. And so many other shapes come to mind. Great idea. Thanks!!

  • 15 Loyoya // May 10, 2010 at 2:38 am

    How cute is that!

  • 16 Jessica // May 10, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Check out http://www.jimspancakes.com. That guy takes doing this to another level and all for his little girl. Totally sweet.

  • 17 Jessica // May 10, 2010 at 5:27 am

    lol ok wow, I’m dumb. Too early I guess. Nice if I’d seen the link at the bottom of your post!

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  • 19 leslie // May 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Seriously I can’t even make a regular pancake… looks great

  • 20 Karla // May 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I love this! I want to try it so bad now! Thanks for posting it =)

  • 21 Christine // Jun 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Made these on Sunday morning… It looked lovely! Once you try, you realize there are so many other shapes, the possibilities are endless!

  • 22 Courtney - Meylah // Jun 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Okay, this is officially darling – love it! Going to try that next time I make pancakes…although I am still somewhat partial to Mickey…oh and snakes too.

  • 23 Hannah // Jun 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Aw how lovely, thanks for sharing – such a cute idea!

  • 24 Frannie // Jun 23, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I live in Georgia. Those flowers are perfect magnolia blossoms. How very sweet!

  • 25 sewcalico65 // Jun 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

    So creative. This brings an idea: I have a grandson with an active mind, I will have him make some himself and help me to come up with boy ideas for pancakes. Fun!! Thanks!!!

  • 26 vivilian // Jun 26, 2010 at 2:30 am

    What da wonderful flower pancake!! That looks so yummy!! Thank you for sharing those great info.
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  • 27 Gail // Jun 26, 2010 at 5:12 am

    What a COOL idea. Very clever. :-)
    Gail

    seasaltandpassion.blogspot.com

  • 28 Johanna.B // Jun 28, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Hihi, I love it!

    /Johanna

  • 29 Mitzi Curi // Jul 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever described food as “adorable” before, but those pancakes are totally adorable! What a fun blog you have here too…..

  • 30 Papa Thom // Sep 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    My mom used to make Teddy bear and witches for our pancakes. Later in life she worked at a restaraunt and would put smiley faces and write things on her creations. She would dip a butter knife in the batter and write her message… Backwards so it would come out right on the finished pancake… The local Optimist group loved them at their breakfast meetings. Great memories… Thank for making me remember that.

  • 31 Mrs.Buck // Mar 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This is such a smart idea! I thought it was impressive when I could get bunny or mickey mouse ears on a pancake – you just took it to a whole other level!

  • 32 Erin C // Apr 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Made these this morning, SO FUN! Wished I had another entire bottle of batter to keep practicing. Glad I did practice, though. Takes a little to get the hang of it. Also, I think I cut my bottle tip too big. You really meant it, too when you said to do a little and then WAIT. otherwise the design doesn’t show up nearly as much.
    Love that it doesn’t have to be flowers, either. Can make whatever you want! TOTALLY making R-rated pancakes for my best friend’s morning-after batchelorette… ;)

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  • 37 mikhail // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Looks delicious! This is something I was looking for for my younger brother, to encourage him to eat breakfasts

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  • 39 G.Sims // Jan 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    found your blog via apartment therapy. can’t wait to try this! i make teddy bear pancakes for my sons but now that i see you’ve used a squeeze bottle anything is possible :D

  • 40 The Nourishing Road // Feb 19, 2012 at 6:02 am

    These look incredible! I will definitely be trying these beauties!

    Very clever. Have you ever used a ‘soaked’ flour batter? To increase the complex carbs, but reduce the phytic acid?

    Natasha’s last post: http://www.thenourishingroad.co.uk/2012/02/lets-put-cholesterol-under-microscope.html

  • 41 Ann // May 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    It looks really delicious, my secret is to add a little bit of baking powder – the pancaces are mor delicate.

  • 42 shiho kine // Jul 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you from Japan !
    Made these this morning and it was cute and fun !

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