The BEST Homemade Pancake Recipe From Scratch

stack of Homemade Pancakes with Butter & Brown Sugar Sauce
Homemade Pancakes with Butter & Brown Sugar Sauce

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This is the best homemade pancakes recipe from scratch. You can fool around with all sorts of other ingredients when it comes to pancakes, but in the end it’s always Grandma’s recipe that rules them all.

This was my Grandma’s and then my Mom’s recipe and now it’s all that I use for my family anymore! It’s perfect every time! I also have a great Belgian Waffles recipe if you want to try those as well.

A stack of pancakes on a white plate with butter and syrup on top
Homemade Pancakes Recipe From Scratch

Pancakes From Scratch

Now if you are wanting to get all fancy, you can try my Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes or my Apple Pie Pancakes. Those are a bit more fiddly but also delicious. Or if you prefer egg dishes, how about Shirred Eggs?

Nothing beats a good pancakes from scratch recipe, but if you are like me, the directions go a little differently…….

  1. First, you get up on the first day back to school and get all the ingredients for your pancake recipe ready because it is back to school tradition that the kids get pancakes the first day, then are left to fend for themselves and eat toast or starve the rest of the school year.
  2. Then you freak out when you don’t have flour. That was this morning. Happy back to school *eyeroll*.
  3. Then you proceed to try your family’s pancakes with cake flour instead and discover that cake flour made the lightest, fluffiest version of your family’s pancake recipe yet.

Sky High,Fluffy Pancakes

I have a whole post on how to make fluffy pancakes, so make sure to read that! I suggest letting the batter sit for a while ( 5-10 minutes) and let the chemical reactions start working. This always works out in the mornings when I am busy trying to get kids out the door as magically I somehow get distracted easily and let the batter sit by accident. I’ve also found that waiting to heat your griddle AFTER you make the pancakes gives you that time to let the batter sit.

Close up stack of pancakes with butter on top
Homemade Pancakes with Butter on Top

Pancakes Tools & Equipment

Making pancakes from scratch is easier than you think, simply use the ingredients listed below in my recipe card and follow the simple instructions. Make sure you have the following equipment ready for this recipe:

  1. A griddle.
  2. A flipper (to flip the pancakes).
  3. A large bowl to prepare the ingredients and the batter in.

Once you have your equipment ready, jump down to my recipe, print it out and you’ll be well on your way!

A Good Griddle is Essential for Making Pancakes

Pancakes are my nemesis. It has taken me years of frustration, and finally cluing in and finally having a dang good griddle, ( I have a permanent one in the middle of my gas stove top)  to finally make them at home without throwing a temper tantrum. I also have a counter top griddle which honestly works the best.

I didn’t want to have to store another appliance but if you are the type of person that makes pancakes, sausage or eggs for breakfast every weekend, you need a griddle. A pan just doesn’t work as well.

A stack of pancakes with brown sugar sauce being poured over top
Homemade Pancakes with Butter & Brown Sugar Sauce

Making Pancakes From Scratch Tips & Tricks

  • Use a hot griddle. Not as hot as a lot of recipes tell you, because then you just burn the outside of the pancake and the inside is raw. Try using a medium-high heat setting.
  • Get a wide spatula/flipper. This will help you lift the pancake properly and turn it over. I like flippers.
  • Serve this with my Homemade Brown Sugar Sauce (that’s what is in the photos)
  • If you want lighter, fluffier pancakes use the cake flour, but the end product pancakes do soak up the syrup more than the all purpose flour pancake recipe does. I personally like it better, and will keep a bag of cake flour on hand for pancakes.
  • Don’t have cake flour? See below for instructions!
  • IF YOU ARE USING SIFTED FLOUR, adjust your liquid measurements! I do NOT use sifted flour and that is why your batter will be too runny. Don’t sift your flour!

homemade pancake syrup, a stack of pancake on background

How to make Cake Flour to use in a Pancake Recipe

Making your own cake flour is so easy it’s not even funny! I just happened to have a bag of it, but when I make pancakes and don’t have that bag anymore (because obviously I am bad at remembering to buy flour) I will make some cake flour. All you have to do is:

  1. For every cup of all-purpose flour that you use, you are going to remove 2 tbsp of the flour, then replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch and whisk in.
  2. So for example, scoop 4 cups of all-purpose flour into a bowl. You will then remove 8 tbsp ( which is ½ cup) of the all-purpose flour and put it back in the bag. Then you will get ½ cup of cor
    nstarch and add that into the bowl of flour. Take a whisk and whisk it all together.
  3. Voila! Cake flour!
Close up of brown sugar sauce poured on a stack of hotcake with butter on top
Close up of brown sugar sauce

Using Whole Wheat Flour in Your Pancake Recipe

This recipe is the perfect base for any pancakes. You can substitute whole wheat flour easily (just add another ½ tsp of baking powder to compensate for the heaviness), you can add almost any fruit you can think of, and they fluff up beautifully – and as I discovered, cake flour in pancakes is the boss.

This is the recipe that my mom used while we were growing up as she always made pancakes from scratch. And I do mean always! Even during the 80’s heyday’s of everything “boxed”, my mom always made pancakes from scratch!. She would freeze then and then we would eat them during the week for a quick breakfast!Try my Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Casserole or my Best Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins for more great breakfast and brunch recipes!

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The BEST Homemade Pancake Recipe From Scratch

How to make simple but delicious pancakes from scratch, my family's favorite easy recipe!  This pancake recipe yields incredibly light and fluffy pancakes.
4.93 from 111 votes
stack of Homemade Pancakes with Butter & Brown Sugar Sauce
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Breakfast Meals
14 pancakes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose or cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons oil or melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • In a medium bowl or a large 16 cup capacity liquid measuring cup, whisk together the flour, baking powder, white sugar and salt. 
  •  In another large capacity liquid measuring cup, combine 2 ½ cups of milk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Mix until combined. If you need to, add more milk until the batter reaches desired consistency.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour the egg mixture in. Whisk together until the batter is smooth with only a few flour chunks - it doesn't have to be completely smooth. 
  • If you have a griddle start it heating now on medium heat. I have a cast iron one that I adore, but it takes a while for it to heat up uniformly. If not, heat the largest pan that you have. 
  • To make the pancakes I use a muffin batter scoop, which is called a #8 disher scoop. This is one of my favourite kitchen hacks, that scoop! It measures out muffins, pancakes, extra large cookies, you name it! 
  • Take one scoop of batter and pour onto your already heated griddle, fitting on as many as you can at once.  Flip your pancakes when they are slightly bubbled on the surface and golden brown underneath. The key is a medium heat that is ready and raring to go, so they instantly sizzle when you place them on the surface, but not so hot they burn.
  • Continue to cook all of the batter, placing cooked pancakes on a covered plate when cooked. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • You can use either type of flour, but I really loved the cake flour in these for a super fluffy and airy texture!
  • IF YOU ARE USING SIFTED FLOUR, adjust your liquid measurements! I do NOT use sifted flour and that is why your batter will be too runny. Don't sift your flour then measure. Spoon your flour into the cup to measure
  • If the batter is too thick after mixing, add more milk.
  • IF the batter is too runny, you can add more flour

Pancakes Tips & Tricks

  • Use a hot griddle. Try using a medium-high heat setting.
  • Get a wide spatula/flipper for the best flipping results.
  • Serve this with my Homemade Brown Sugar Sauce (that’s what is in the photos)
  • If you want lighter, fluffier pancakes use the cake flour, but the end product pancakes do soak up the syrup more than the all purpose flour pancake recipe does.
  • Don’t have cake flour? See the post for instructions to make your own.
  • IF YOU ARE USING SIFTED FLOUR, adjust your liquid measurements! I do NOT use sifted flour and that is why your batter will be too runny. Don’t sift your flour!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pancake, Calories: 201kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 276mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Calcium: 140mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Stacy says

    Amazing recipe. I cooked this recipe and my critics liked it. Recommend. I love to cook and collect good recipes. 5 stars

  2. Roz says

    Love the recipe. Was looking for a recipe that used cake flour. The first time I had to add flour because the batter was too thin. Did it again and cut back on the liquid came out light and fluffy. Added a little all spice. Delicious4 stars

  3. NotsoMartha says

    Start with only 1.5 c milk at the most then work your way up!4 stars

  4. SoNotMartha says

    I’m making these for Easter breakfast tomorrow!
    Looks amazing- thank you for sharing!5 stars

  5. Ann says

    Love this pancake recipe so much, have made them numerous times, one of the best i have tried, and the Belgian waffles are truly amazing, made a stack for my grandson this morning, he said they were the best he has tasted and now i have to keep making this recipe.5 stars

  6. Lorraine says

    5 Star all the way. Light and fluffy. Not too sweet. This one is a keeper. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂5 stars

  7. Lisa says

    I don’t usually comment on recipes, but this is the best pancake recipe I’ve ever made. Anytime I’ve tried to make pancakes from scratch they have come out horrible – cooked in the outside raw on the inside. Not these! I followed the recipe exactly except I used coconut milk instead of regular milk. The consistency was perfect. I read a few of the comments that mentioned that the batter was too runny. Not mine. The reason why I searched for this recipe is because I ran out of pancake mix and I have a lot of cake flour that I needed to use up. My son had 4 of them. He loved them! I loved them too. Full disclosure, my daughter didn’t like them, but she’s the pickiest eater and doesn’t like anything.5 stars

  8. Earlyne says

    My hubby & I agree, imagine that, this recipe is by far the best pancake recipe ever! I used almond milk cause that’s what I use for everything. Thanks for posting. I look forward to many more recipe suggestions from thekitchenmagpie 👍

  9. Liz says

    Excellent pancake recipe. I did the trick and made cake flour from regular flour with the substitution suggested. The only other change was to use buttermilk instead of regular milk, and I halved the recipe but still used 1 tbsp of vanilla extract…..added one mashed bananas and oh so yuummmm

  10. Tasty Freq says

    My absolutely favorite recipe. I don’t change a thing. Except for a little less milk. I use this recipe for bacon pancakes best ever!5 stars

  11. Tara says

    This recipe was terrible. They had no flavor and were bland. Plus wayyyy too much milk.

    • Sarah says

      Agreed! Not sure why the comments here are so positive. it’s a 1/1 ratio flour and milk. Didn’t make the batter the right consistency at all. .

  12. noella chantelle says

    Made these pancakes and they were amazing!!5 stars

  13. Sarah says

    Way too much milk and the melted butter seized when added to the milk mixture. Total fail.

  14. Tina says

    The best pancake mix for sure! Just made some and it turned out amazing!5 stars

  15. Janene says

    Too much milk. I did not sift my flour. I had to add some more flour in. I would suggest mixing all wet ingredients in with 1 cup of milk and then add more milk as needed.4 stars

  16. Eileen Shedrick says

    Use room temperature milk or your melted butter will seize when mixing

  17. Maria D. says

    Way too much milk in this recipe, and I did not use sifted flour. Had to add about another 1/4-1/2 cup to make up the difference.

  18. Ryan Beaucage says

    Too much baking powder. Common issue striving for fluffy instead of taste

  19. Kay says

    Too much milk in the recipe. I checked others. Only needed 2 cups milk.

  20. Faith Henry says

    Made the cottage cheese pancakes and the homemade fluffy ones. We loved them both, and I am sharing the recipes with my friends. No more pancake mixes for us! Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

  21. marlen says

    prep time 5 min–cook time 20 min = 10 min just checking!!

  22. Joy D says

    Tried this recipe and the one for banana pancakes, my family loved it. Can you freeze this?

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