King Cake Pancakes

by Erin

Enjoy king cake for breakfast with these cinnamon swirled king cake pancakes topped with cinnamon whipped cream and festive sprinkles.

Cinnamon Swirl King Cake Pancakes

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What do you get when you combine International Pancake Day with Mardi Gras? King Cake inspired pancakes!

For the base, I just used my buttermilk pancakes recipe and combined it with Recipe Girl’s Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, using her recipe for the swirl in the middle of the pancakes which is meant to resemble the stuffing of a King Cake.

King Cake Pancakes

I thought about doing the traditional glaze used for King Cakes, but was a little iffy about icing on my pancakes. So why not pump it up a bit with some whipped cream instead? Especially after adding cinnamon, it’s hard to resist!

I may or may not have eaten the leftover whipped cream straight up.

Post updated 2/27/22, photo above is the original.

Cinnamon Swirl King Pancakes


Yield: 4 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 recipe buttermilk pancakes
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 + 1/8 tsp tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles


  1. Prepare pancake batter. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside.
  3. In a chilled medium bowl, beat the cream, powdered sugar, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. Heat large skillet over medium-heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your baggie of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully, and cook until browned on the underside, 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
  5. Top with cinnamon whipped cream, and festive sprinkles.
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Source: Cinnamon Swirl from Recipe Girl and Cinnamon Whipped Cream from Country Living

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Fuji Mama March 8, 2011 - 11:07 am

Love these! Great way to combine two wonderful dishes!

spiffycookie March 11, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Fun to eat too!


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