There’s nothing more enticing than freshly cooked pancakes stacked to perfection, topped with butter, and drizzled with maple syrup. If you ever have the self-control to stop reaching for it, then props to you – you’re a superhero! However, for most of the entire population (including us!), pancakes are just too good to pass up. Well, if you love these stove-cooked flat cakes more than anything, then jump for joy because there’s a day dedicated to it!

What is Pancake Day?

Pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a holiday celebrated in various countries worldwide, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. In other countries like France and US, they call it Mardi Gas or Fat Tuesday. Pancake Day is a traditional feast day held a day before Ash Wednesday, where people indulge before the Lenten season. Since it always takes place 47 days before Easter, it varies every year. This year, it’s on March 1, 2022!

Traditionally, pancakes are made to use up rich foods like eggs, milk, and sugar before the 40-day fasting.

Pancake Ideas for Pancake Day!

If you’re excited for Pancake Day, then you should start equipping your arsenal with new recipes to make Shrove Tuesday pancakes a little more special than your usual breakfast staple. You can switch around endless combinations, and your kids will be extra happy to see a different version of their favourite maple syrup covered flatbread. So, if you’re ready to start flipping, here are a few recipe ideas that you can try!

Fluffy Pancakes (by Allrecipes)

Number of Servings: 4 people


  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Cooking spray


  1. Mix the milk and vinegar together in a medium mixing bowl. Set it aside from 5 minutes to “sour” – you just made buttermilk.
  2. Then, combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, including the flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Whisk the eggs and butter into the “soured” milk.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until all the lumps are gone.
  5. Heat a large pan over medium heat, then coat it with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cupful of batter into the pan. Cook it until bubbles appear on the surface. Then, flip with a spatula until it turns brown on the other side.
  6. You can add whipped cream, strawberries, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for toppings.

Red Velvet Pancakes (by BBC Good Food)

Number of Servings: 4 people



  • 200g self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon golden caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 230ml milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 25g butter, melted plus extra for frying
  • Red gel food colouring


  • 100g cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Handful blueberries (optional)


  1. Combine all the pancake ingredients (except the food colouring) until the batter is smooth. Then, add a bit of food colouring and mix again. Continue adding until you reach a reddish-brown colour.
  2. Put a small amount of butter on a non-stick pan over medium heat and let it melt. Then, pour 2 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and with the back of the spoon, shape it until it’s round. Depending on the size of your pan, you’ll be able to cook 2 to 3 pancakes at the same time.
  3. Let it cook for 2 – 3 minutes until the surface starts to bubble, then flip and cook again for another minute.
  4. You can set an oven to the lowest heat and stack the cooked pancakes inside to keep it warm.
  5. Mix the cream cheese and maple syrup for the toppings, then set aside.
  6. Stack the pancakes with the cream cheese mixture and chocolate chips in between when serving. Then finish the top with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture, a dust of icing sugar, and fresh blueberries.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Buttered Pecan Maple Syrup (by Life Made Simple)

Number of Servings: 8 large pancakes



  • 3/4 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 c buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 c all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Buttered pecan maple syrup

  • 1 c pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter
  • 1 c chopped pecans


  1. Put the pumpkin puree, butter, buttermilk, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients until everything is combined correctly.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Make a small crater at the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients. Mix well until you see small lumps only.
  4. Put a large pan over medium heat and melt a small amount of butter in it. Pour 1/3 c of batter onto the pan and let the pancake cook for 2 minutes. Then, flip and continue cooking for 2 minutes again. Depending on the size of your pan, you can make 2 pancakes at a time.
  5. Finish cooking the remaining batter.
  6. Make the syrup by toasting chopped pecans on a saucepan until fragrant. Make sure that you don’t burn them.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat. After, slowly add the butter and syrup.
  8. Go back to the heat and cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour it as you serve the hot pancakes.

Tips: You can add 1 c Greek yoghurt (vanilla, plain, or pumpkin) with ¼ c whole milk if you want a healthier alternative. Also, try adding a ½ c of chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter to enrich the flavour of the pumpkin pancakes.

There you have it! If you happen to try any of these tasty pancake recipe ideas for pancake day, let us know! Also, keep your space bright with LED lights to ensure that you’re cooking well in your kitchen and serving dishes that are spot on with the presentation! If you don’t know where to get them, then visit our website, Simple Lighting! We have tons of different varieties, including downlights, under cabinet lights, plinth lights and more!


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