Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blueberry Pancake Cake

Blueberry pancake cake – now that’s a mouth full to say isn't it?. If you want to be fancy about it and not get tongue tied, call it a Blueberry Pancake Gateau, the French name for a cake. The way it is plated using 20 layers of pancakes, each spread with blueberries, takes simple breakfast pancakes to a whole new level.

The pancakes are quite thin and look very much like crepes. We made all of the pancakes first and kept them in a warm oven, and then built the cake layer by layer. The cake looks complicated, but it’s not, especially if you make it step by step. Like any other pancake, it is best when eaten right away.

Blueberry Pancake Cake
Adapted from Summer Food by Lowe, Hensley, & Hensley – serves 8
Printable Recipe

Blueberry mixture:
2 pints of fresh blueberries
½ cup sugar
Grated lime zest to equal 1 teaspoon
1 pinch of kosher salt
2 small knobs of butter, optional but it brings a nice shine
1 tablespoon of honey

Stir together all of the ingredients except the honey in a small saucepan, heat gently over very low heat, taste and add honey if mixture is not sweet enough, then set aside while you prepare the pancakes.

Pancake batter:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 – 2 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
4 large eggs
Unsalted butter, for frying

Mix together the first five ingredients together in a bowl. Set bowl in refrigerator and let the mixture chill for 20 minutes. Melt a scant amount of butter in an 8” non-stick omelet or crepe pan and fry thin pancakes. This amount of mixture makes about 20 small pancakes. Keep the cakes on a plate in a warm 150 degree F oven until all the cakes have been made.

For presentation, place one pancake at a time on a serving plate, then spread with some of the blueberry mixture (recipe above) over the top of the pancake, top with another pancake, then repeat, saving enough blueberry mixture for the top. Continue until there are no remaining pancakes or blueberry mixture. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh mint leaves and fresh raspberries (recipe below). Cut the cake into slices and serve right away. This cake is best when eaten right after it’s made.

Powdered sugar
Fresh mint leaves
A few fresh raspberries for color

For better viewing, click on photos to enlarge.

This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, and Foodie Friday at Simple Recipes.    
Have a great weekend everyone.


  1. Oh my! Is that for the two of you? Lovely!


  2. That looks beautiful!!!! What is the difference between a pancake and a crepe?

    1. Oops, forgot my email address:

    2. Good question Sharon. A crepe is thinner and wider than a pancake. Here's a link to more information:

  3. I bet you kept looking at each other smiling while eating it!

  4. Oooh -- kind of a very fancy stack cake!

  5. Incredibly tempting! This pancake cake must taste heavenly.



  6. That is beautiful! Blueberries are in abundance.... This is true to the words, dessert first!

  7. Sam, I would really like this blueberry pancake cake! I love pancakes and I love blueberries so I couldn't miss... The problem is that the only time I can order pancakes is when we eat breakfast out. Laurie does't like pancakes and I don't bother making them just for myself. Still, this stack of goodness is tempting! Take Care, Big Daddy Dav

  8. My mouth is watering terribly, Sam. The pancake gateau looks divine!

  9. Very fancy indeed! This looks like it's for a special occasion:@)

  10. My gosh, it's beautiful! Fitting for a very special meal with family or friends. I love the lime zest in the blueberry mixture!

  11. That is beautiful! It makes quite an impression and I bet it's delicious, too.

  12. My husband would kill for that stack of thin pancakes! He loves them thin!

  13. This is some creation Sam and I can almost taste the blueberryness of it.

  14. OMG! This looks divine. I am thinking this would be good with a few forks and everyone can share it. Love it.


  15. Looks delicious. I would fix it only if I had guests for brunch. It's a bit much for the two of us but a great idea for company.

  16. Hello Sam,
    Another tempting dish, thank you.
    Incidentally I made the Orzo dish you featured in your last post and it was delicious and my husband said "keep this one on the weekly menu"

    Have a glorious weekend


  17. Hi Sam,
    When I first saw your presentation for this amazing blueberry pancake cake, I just knew that it was a special dish just for me! Oh my how I would love to have that pancake cake sitting in front of me.

    Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Damn, the photograph is trully seducing me!!!
    finger licking good for starting a day.....

  19. I just had my morning coffee, and now I"m craving pancakes. What a towering plate of deliciousness!

  20. This is so unique and definitely takes pancakes to a new level. I adore blueberries so this is perfect and a must try. As I said before, the photos are gorgeous!

  21. For my last meal on earth, I want this for breakfast!!

  22. I have been making blueberry pancakes for years but never tried to pile them like you did. So nice!

  23. Hi Sam, love this presentation, looks and sounds delicious!

  24. This looks delicious Sam. By the way, I made your cornmeal pancakes a while back. They were really good. David wanted me to repeat the technique you used at Larry's, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. LOL.

  25. What a wonderful idea for fresh blueberry season! I could also see using fresh raspberries to make this delightful creation. I'm going to make this one day when I have guests staying with us --it will be a wonderful surprise!

  26. Mmmmm! Such a good way to get our blueberry antioxidants!

  27. I always wanted to make one of these pancake layer cakes.. so neat looking and delicious I'm sure.

  28. I have never heard of this cake, but am totally in love with it . . . both in how you presented and prepared it! I can imagine the 'wow' expression on anyone's face when served this beautiful layered pancake creation!

  29. I agree, they do look like crepes. Not sure which is harder to say, crepe cake or pancake cake. Great looking meal, guys.


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