Pinterest Flop – Pancake Cupcakes

So this one was a flop, though it wasn’t really the fault of the original poster. I saw this really cute idea on Pinterest for these little Mini Pancake Cups that have little craters that are meant to be filled with fruit. It almost looks like Yorkshire Pudding, and I was really excited to try it.

I wanted to find a way to make this a little more simple so I bought an instant pancake mix instead of making the recipe in the post. I guess that was probably my first mistake.


The pin implies if you just pour pancake batter half way up in muffin tins that it will automatically cave in and make these awesome hollow cups. But if you go to the actual blog link, the recipe involved folding melted butter into the batter. I’m guessing that had something to do with the center caving in, because mine did not cave in at all.

So I just ended up with these pancake muffins.


I played around with greasing some of the tins, and leaving some just clean. I have a non-stick muffin tin so they both worked fine, but I will say that the un-greased tins yielded a much nicer looking muffin. As you can see in this photo, the one on the left was the un-greased version.


Now, if I meant to make pancake muffins I’d be pretty happy with them because they were light, fluffy and delicious! This is what happens when you don’t follow the recipe. I will try them again soon following the recipe correctly and I’ll let you know how it goes. For now I’ll show you what you can do with Pancake Muffins.

I decided instead of filling them (since there was nothing to fill) I just sliced them in half and made little strawberry shortcakes! I used strawberry pie filling, and topped them with whipped cream. They were delicious! I had the leftovers for breakfast this morning, plain with a little butter. I highly recommend this if you don’t have muffin mix. It is a really nice alternative to what can sometimes be a more dense muffin. So here’s to another Pinterest trick gone wrong, but oh so right.



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7 thoughts on “Pinterest Flop – Pancake Cupcakes

  1. celastrina

    Thanks for linking to my failed attempt at this pin too! Thank goodness they still taste great 🙂 I love your idea of strawberry shortcakes – must try that next time! I think the flavour options would be endless!

  2. Patsy

    You know, this would be a great way to make pancakes for little kids, though, so that they can just dunk them into the syrup 🙂

  3. Kat

    The original recipe doesn’t include baking powder, which is the German way of making pancakes. U.S. pancake mixes all contain baking powder, that’s why yours rose in the center.

  4. Sandra

    Yup, what Kat said, no baking powder, no baking soda, no rising agent at all. Though we do use soda water to make the pancakes a little fluffier. 🙂 With U.S. instant mixes this just can’t work.


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