PopUp Pancakes: Thanksgiving Breakfast

From the moment I saw what people call a German pancake I was completely intrigued. The idea of being able to mirror the texture and taste of a pancake in the oven without the griddle and all that mess was something out of a fairy tale to this avid cook. What kid doesn’t like a pancake? Homemade panackes are the best but not everyone has that kind of time to sit there and flip, flip, flip. Storebought versions are quick and handy but definitely not as healthy. The German pancake is the perfect blend of two worlds and this Thanksgiving breakfast will be one for the record books when your kids come down stairs to a nice plate of popup pancakes.
Popup Pancakes: A puffy surprise! Aren’t they too cute?
Once you put the batter in the muffin tins they puff right up but fall once out of the oven which creates this type of bowl so to speak. They should pop right out and be ready for their filling! The best part about these popup pancakes is that you can serve them with so many different sides like honey and peanut butter, strawberry and apple jam or even the old classic: maple syrup. My favorite- nothing but powdered sugar! Store the leftovers in a ziploc bag in the freezer and they will last up to 2 weeks.

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PopUp Pancakes: Thanksgiving Breakfast
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  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 TBSP cake flour
  • 6 eggs, room temp
  • ¼ cup melted butter, warm not hot
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  1. Mix all ingredients together just like you would normal pancakes. Grease your muffin tin and pour in the batter ⅔ full into each cup. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees until puffy. Using a knife simply slip them out onto a platter and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 large or 12 small-depends on muffin tin size


  1. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    These pop-up pancakes look great! I like the bowl like effect for syrups, jams, etc. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. lindsay

    yum! these look amazing.
    i hope yall have a great thanksgiving!!! and i hope you are feeling well! not too much longer until you will have 2 little ones running around! yay! 🙂

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      I know Lindsay- it is like anyday now and I am so excited but so nervous. Hope you had a great thanksgiving

  3. kitchen flavours

    I have never heard of pop-up pancakes, even the name sounds cute! I’ve got to try this! My kids would really love this, thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

  4. 2 sisters recipes

    Great idea for the morning! Have a wonderfu and blessed Thanksgiving!
    xxoo Anna

  5. lena

    how cute to hear and see thses pancakes! just pop into the oven and no flip flip flip, that’s something new and worth a try!! Have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Yes! No more flipping for the cook! You can actually relax while they bake!

  6. Whitney

    Jessica… these look amazing!!! I cannot wait to try them.

  7. flip flops & pearls

    ohmylawd~ never heard or seen anything like this but I’ll be over for breakfast bright & early!

    I hope you and your family have the most blessed Thanksgiving sweet friend-

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh if only we lived close enough to hop on over! I would make these for younevety weekend!

  8. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Yum! I’m coming over for breakfast!

  9. Vianney Rodriguez

    These rock, my kids would love them!! thanks!!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving !!

  10. Three-Cookies

    I’ve never seen these pancakes. Far easier and more practical

  11. Baking Serendipity

    So fun! These are a perfect Thanksgiving breakfast 🙂

  12. Sook

    Mmm I think I would love these for breakfast! Yum!

  13. Collette Osuna

    How cute are these?? LOVE this! I might have to give these little babies a try!

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  14. Stefanie

    I’ve been meaning to try German pancakes, and putting them in muffin tins and making them small is such a great idea! They are adorable, and look so good!

  15. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

    This is the cutest recipe ever and sounds delicious! I love making puff pancakes but have never done mini pop-ups! Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. sportsglutton

    The blackberries on top look like the perfect compliment to the pancakes. Yum!

  17. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    What a clever idea! I love special breakfast recipes. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  18. Candace

    Those are awesome, Jessica! I think those are pancakes that I could actually make. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Oh girl, there are so many things you make that are great and this would be no exception.

  19. Michelle

    Those look great!! I’m thinking they will be on our Christmas breakfast menu. 🙂

  20. Pure Complex

    These pop up pancakes look divine.. I mean WOW. Delish! I definitely have to try these and soon. Happy Thanksgiving

  21. kankana

    This is such a delicious fun idea! I bet it could a party food too with some twist 🙂

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Definitely! What a great idea- you could make a more savory cheese version of them and let you guests chose their own toppings like jam, olive spread, etc! Now u got me thinking!

  22. daphne

    They look adorable and so easy to make!!??!?!? They are calling for me to bite into them.

  23. Kristy

    Oh my this looks beyond good. And those blackberries are killing me! YUM!

  24. carol Karol

    Hi these are sooooo adorble! What can I do if I don’t have cake flour and can’t go out to buy it?

    1. kbelleicious

      You can definitely use AP flour or even bread flour. Bread flour has a higher concentration so if you use that then add in a little more saturated fat (butter). other than that I would go with AP. It shouldn’t make a huge difference at all

  25. Liz

    I’m not much for traditional pancakes with maple syrup, but these little pop ups look fabulous! I may need to have these on Christmas morning with some fresh berries…yum! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving~

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      I know- I have never been a maple syrup fan, its either fruit or powdered sugar for me:)

  26. Sheila

    That’s what I hate about pancakes too, as the cook you never get to share in the pancake fun, always standing there flippin’. I love making baked french toast for holiday brunches. You had a lucky family if they got this for breakfast mine had to fend for themselves.

  27. April@The 21st Century Housewife

    I love the look and sound of these lovely popup pancakes. It’s wonderful you can freeze them too. (They look especially nice with those lovely blackberries!) Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  28. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I have never heard of pop up pancakes but they look amazing! I agree that is so great that they can be frozen!

  29. Joanne

    I never seem to have the patience to make pancakes in the morning…but cupcake-like pancakes are a whole other story! These look like the perfect breakfast treats!

  30. Shea

    Ooh, yummy! What a great idea for a holiday breakfast! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  31. Michele

    The ARE too cute and they look delicious!

  32. Veronica's Kitchen

    How nice to have this pancake for breakfast before the big feast of Thanksgiving! That’s similar to the Dutch pancake where you cook them in a cast iron hot plate and served with jam or syrup with cream. I think yours’ is much easier by leaving them in the oven. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Very very similar. Yes, in fact you do the same type of method as far as heating the pan and melting the butter in the bottom of the muffin tins before you pour in the batter

  33. Linda

    What a great idea all thru the holidays! Especially with overnight guests. I too like the powdered sugar, kinda looks like snow falling on the plate! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  34. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    I’ve never heard of popup pancakes before! This sounds like such an amazing breakfast!

  35. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

    Oh my, These are so cute! the pancakes baked in a little bowl shape. Perfect to be topped with fresh fruit, syrup or Nutella. YUM!

  36. val

    These pics are incredible. I want to come over for breakfast and coffee!!

  37. Always Fashionable

    How cute are these and you make them sound so easy- are they really that easy? Just kidding- i think i can manage these:)

  38. Kristi Rimkus

    My daughter used to make German pancakes all the time. We loved them. This is such a cute twist. I can’t wait to make these for Christmas morning.

  39. yummychunklet

    These look fun and delicious. I definitely want to try them, especially with those delicious berries!

  40. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I am SO making this probably this weekend! It is great that we don’t have to bring out the griddle and can make this in oven once in a while. I love this idea so much and thanks Jessica for sharing it (I’ve never heard of popup pancakes before). 🙂

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      If your anything like me I hate getting out the griddle and making a mess in the morning. U don’t mind it for dinner but justvtoo much trouble for breakfast- that’s why I love these so much!

  41. Bree

    So cute! I am saving this recipe for my company this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Gracie

    These look delicious

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