When I go out-of-town my partner makes these great meals for the kids. Salads and bowls with quinoa, sauces, etc… to try to keep them somewhat healthy. She goes away for the weekend and I want chocolate pancakes! So, my kids got chocolate pancakes the other night for dinner.
A while back I made Oreo Cookie pancakes (click for link to recipe). I really wanted chocolate pancakes again for dinner the other night but I didn’t feel like making them. Then I remembered you can make pancakes from a cake mix! Yes! Two ingredients and I can have pancakes. Then some frosting for between the pancakes. Dessert for dinner.
Well, I only had a bite or two of the pancakes because I ate too much raw batter. Oops. But, my kids loved them and each ate two servings (four pancakes)! There was no way to make this meal healthy so other than give them some cantaloupe I didn’t even try.
Sometimes dessert for dinner is just fine.
- 1 boxed cake mix I love chocolate but if you want you can make other flavors
- 1 1/2 cups + half and half
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- dash of salt
- Mix cake mix and milk in a large bowl with a mixer until smooth and well blended. You want it to be a slightly thicker pancake batter consistency so add milk bit by bit until desired consistency is reached.
- Heat your pan or griddle over medium to medium low heat. Grease pan with butter. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cups of batter to pan spreading it slightly. Once bubbles form on top turn them over to cook second side.
- Remove cooked pancakes to a warmed plate in oven to keep warm while finishing cooking pancakes.
- To make frosting beat together butter and cream cheese in a bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar, vanilla and salt with mixer on low until blended and then on medium until light and fluffy.
- Remove warmed pancakes from oven and serve with frosting in between layers if desired. Or powdered sugar, or whipped cream and chocolate syrup drizzle.