Whipping Cream Pancakes

Updated 7.23.2017.

Here’s what I said about this recipe back in 2013:

I have thoroughly searched the internet and discovered there is no recipe for sweet cream pancakes. Why not? Restaurants (especially breakfast chains) commonly serve sweet cream pancakes. The first time I ever saw them advertised was at Black Bear Diner. How many chain-type restaurants do you know that make pancake batter from scratch? I’m guessing few?

The secret ingredient to Sweet Cream Pancakes, I’m convinced is, Sweet Cream or Buttermilk Powder. Yes, you read that correct. Powder! Yuck to putting powder in pancakes (other than baking powder, of course).

The whole reason that I began searching for sweet cream pancake recipes in the first place is because a) I love eating pancakes on the weekend and b) I have a crap tone of whipping cream in my fridge leftover from the holidays. What I wanted was a recipe that used some damn whipping cream in the batter. Nary a recipe could I find. What I did find was a ‘sweet cream’ recipe for waffles (using whipping cream). I decided to test it out on my pancake griddle instead of in my waffle iron.



  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 c. whipping cream
  • 4 T. butter, melted


  1. Heat a frying pan or skillet on the stove top. (I like to use two small, about 8-inch, cast iron skillets. With these skillets I heat over medium-low heat usually having to adjust the temperature up or down slightly if the pancakes are browning too much or not browning enough.) Add a little vegetable oil, vegetable shortening, butter to the frying pan. (If you prefer to used cooking spray, I would wait to spray right before pouring the batter.)
  2. In a large bowl whisk until well mixed the cream, butter and egg yolks. Add sugar, salt and baking powder.
  3. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold them gently into the batter. Add in the flour.
  4. Ladle out ¼ cup of pancake batter at a time, and cook until browned on one side – about two minutes. Flip over and cook until browned on the other side.. Repeat until batter is gone. Serve hot with butter and your favorite flavor of syrup (mine is golden syrup).

These pancakes are solid. Taste like regular pancakes, nothing special, but good nonetheless. They’re pancakes for crying out loud. How could they be bad?

I’d like to try the recipe again sometime only because when I was making this the doubling/thickening of the batter caught me off guard (the original recipe didn’t warn me of this). Because the batter got so thick before I had even added the flour, I ended up thinning it out with about a cup or so of milk. The batter was still thick/voluminous but I found that the end result was a relatively flat pancake. I had assumed the pancakes would turn out substantially thick due to the stiffened egg whites and voluminous batter. The moral of the story is I would not mess around with the ingredients the next time in an effort to yield thick and fluffy pancakes.

These pancakes routinely show up as my most viewed recipe. I can’t exactly figure out why other than I think a lot of people are looking for recipes for whipping cream pancakes. Probably people on low-carb diets who are missing the mark with this recipe! Nonetheless, I decided to make these again to update the pictures. I heeded my own warning and went against my instinct to try to thin out this pancake. (This is the thickest pancake batter of any recipe I’ve ever seen.)

These pancakes are about the thickest pancakes you’ll ever see. The batter is so thick it takes extra long to cook. This time around I added two tablespoons of sweet cream buttermilk powder; I can’t say I tasted any difference. I do think adding some vanilla extract would make these pancakes taste like sweet cream pancakes found at your local diner. All in all, I was again fairly happy with this product. But really who doesn’t love any type of pancake doused in butter and syrup?

Recipe rating: 



  1. I was looking for something close to the Black Bear Diner pancakes. They are kind of close in the taste, but no where near as thick and fluffy. How did you get them to look like traditional pancakes? The batter was more like dough. I had to spread it out in the pan. And yes not a good idea to thin it out by adding liquid. It loses it’s fluff. Overall the taste and texture was very yummy. Definitely give this recipe a try.


    1. Hi Tasha,

      If I remember correctly, these pancakes were on the thin side. (Perhaps they look thick in the picture but that is an optical illusion). I had to thin the batter out because it was soooooo thick. I would be curious to see if the buttermilk powder (sold by Bob’s Red Mill, amongst others, I’m sure) is the trick to getting those Black Bear diner-esque pancakes. The powder is expensive so I haven’t been able to bring myself to throw down the cash for what could be something pretty experimental! If you find a recipe that seems similar please let me know!


      1. I’m not sure I’ll be making pancakes again for awhile. Strangely enough I felt so heavy and bloated all day that I’m hesitant to make them again. I will let you know of further experiments. I’m not sure where I can get the powder you speak of. I live in Canada and don’t have access to the same stuff as the states.


      2. LOL! I know the feeling. Check out Bob’s Red Mill! You can have it delivered! Also, I recently noticed that adding vanilla extract seems to give pancakes that “restaurant” flavor.


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