Light and Fluffy Silver Dollar Pancakes

Diners do a big business in pancakes the size of dinner plates. They often have an item on the menu called “Silver Dollar Pancakes”, which are a stack of small cakes often targeted towards children. I believe that the theory is that children want small sized things and they want a lot of them. I am fairly sure that you end up with the same amount of pancake regardless of the size you order. Personally, I loved the idea of stacking pancakes. I would never attempt to eat them in a stack, preferring to separate the layers and eat them one by one, but I loved the look. Hence, my stack o’ pancakes shown above, rather than an assortment of evenly sized pancakes.

Cake flour makes them tender and the beaten egg whites make them light. The pancakes are thin and light, a little bit eggy and a little bit sweet. You can eat a lot without filling up. They absorb syrup faster than a sponge, though, so I recommend dipping them judiciously if you are not someone who likes a lot of syrup with breakfast. Make them into small rounds – silver dollar sized, or about 2 inches across – and eat them with your hands.

Light and Fluffy Silver Dollar Pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup low fat milk
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites, at room temperature

Sift together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together egg yolks, milk, butter and vanilla in a small bowl and pour into dry ingredients. Stir until throughly combined.
Beat egg whites to soft peaks and fold into batter. Make sure there are no streaks of egg white remaining.
Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle (grease with butter if not nonstick) over high heat and drop batter into 2 inch rounds. Cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Turn down the heat slightly if the pancakes cook too quickly.
Serve immediately.
Serves 6-8 kids and about 4 kids at heart.


  1. What a great presentation! I’ll bet kids (or anyone for that matter) would just love a little stack of graduated pancakes like yours!

  2. Without a doubt, the most darling stack of pancakes I have ever seen. Bravo!

  3. Hey nic,
    how cute are they….like many other people, i do love things in miniatures! I love pancakes coaked in maple syrup…maybe im a big kid myself! ;) Wonderful job!

  4. So cute!

  5. That is too cute! A whole mountain of pancakes…what fun. Even the fussiest kid would dig into that.

  6. too Cute,,, Ninja Aproved.

  7. Love the mountain of pancakes! Great picture.

  8. Love that pancaky tower. Only you would have the patience to come up with something like that.

  9. That photo is just too cute! I’m going to try to make them with GF flour. Thanks!

  10. Thank you so much, everyone. And Shauna, let me know how they turn out. I promise I’m planning on doing some GF stuff soon!

  11. seriously cute nic!

  12. Cute presentation!

  13. those pancakes look just too cute. Awesome pic!

  14. Watta cutie! I’ve been searching for a pancake recipe that yields light and fluffy things. This may just be the one.

  15. Those are great Nic. I like silver dollar pancakes on the cold side, spread with a little butter and sprinkled with sugar, sandwiched together. Yum! I might have to have pancakes for dinner tonight.

  16. Whar’s the bacon, foo?

  17. Really great picture!

  18. What a cute photo! Tempting too :-) I have found a lot of tasty looking pancake recipes in blog land and will someday have a whole pancake-blog-marathon :-)

  19. I agree with everyone else…those are too, too cute!!! It is now my dream to one day wake up to breakfast served just like that!


  20. This is such a cool & cute way to serve pancakes – I need to direct my Mum here, so she can do the same next time feeding my nephews!
    Thanks for the tip!

  21. How cute are they? I can eat all of them in one go, I’m sure…

  22. I tried this and must say it is the best pancake recipe ever! Thanks again for yet another amazing recipe.

  23. Beautiful presentation!!!

  24. I can imagine how hard that was to create and then photograph. I truly appreciate it (and all the hard work behind it! lol)

  25. That’s quite a stack! :)

  26. I just tried this recipe and everyone in the family agreed they were delicious! Thanks!

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