Angel Cakes (Pancakes)

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Angel Cake Pancakes - the best buttermilk pancakes ever!

These pancakes were nicknamed Angel Cakes by a great family friend who fell in love with them when I made them while camping one morning. He ate the WHOLE batch!

We’ve made so many variations of this recipe over the years: I’ve offered a few below but if you search ‘pancakes’ on the blog you’ll get a whole bunch of yummy ones!  If you really want to try something unique and incredible, try my Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.  SO GOOD!

You can adapt these pancakes to use whole wheat flour (either half and half, my fav, or substitute all of the flour) or if you’re looking for an awesome vegan pancake recipe look no further than this one here, I spent a lot of time perfecting it to get a fluffy, no fail pancake that I am in love with (also helpful if you simply don’t happen to have eggs in the house but still want to make pancakes).

Serve these beauties with some pure maple syrup and fresh berries for a breakfast that everyone will LOVE!


Angel Cake Pancakes - the best buttermilk pancakes ever!
4.93 from 26 votes

Angel Cakes (pancakes)

Fluffy, no-fail buttermilk pancakes that are a breeze to make and a serious crowd pleaser!  Keep extra cooked pancakes covered in the fridge to re-heat in the microwave for a quick snack.


  • 3 tbsp. melted butter or vegan butter
  • 2 c. flour*
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 c. buttermilk**
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk, vanilla and cooled melted butter.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed: do not over mix! It will still look lumpy.
  5. Heat a griddle or pan with a small amount of vegetable oil on medium heat, pour into pancake shapes of your choice, and flip when the bubbles appear on the top and the bottom is golden brown.
  6. Enjoy with whatever you like to dress your pancakes with!

Recipe Notes

*substitute a 1:1 gluten free flour blend or 1/2 whole wheat flour: you can substitute all of the flour for whole wheat flour but it becomes denser 

**if you don't have buttermilk mix 2 cups of 2% milk whole milk with 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice and let it sit for 10 minutes before using.



Pumpkin Pie: Add 1 cup pumpkin puree + 1 tsp. cinnamon to the batter Apple or

Pear Cinnamon: Add 3/4 cup grated apple or pear + 1 tsp. cinnamon to the batter

Raspberry Lemon: Add 1 cup raspberries + 1 tsp. fresh grated lemon zest to the batter

Banana Bread: Add 2 mashed ripe bananas + 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (1/2 c. chopped walnuts optional)

Carrot Cake: Add 1 cup mixture of grated carrot and apple + 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (1/4 cup raisins optional)

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104 Comments on “Angel Cakes (Pancakes)”

  1. Janita Murphy

    I’ve followed your posts for some time but this was the first recipe I actually tried…
    These are the most incredible pancakes I have ever made! Literally obsessed!
    Cannot wait to try more of your recipes!

  2. Rachel

    I had to use a buttermilk substitute and these still turned out so great! Best pancake recipe I’ve ever come across. Thank you!!

  3. Karen Horton

    I’ve been wanting to make these pancakes for awhile and finally did. They are delicious!! Definitely a hit in my house!

  4. Teresa

    I make these pancakes at least twice a month for a big family breakfast. They are fluffy and taste amazing – loved by us all!

  5. Roseanne

    My son is lactose intolerant and we use almond milk in our house – could we use it instead of buttermilk??

  6. Marta

    I made these last week and they were incredible!! My husband who’s not a fan of pancakes loved them too!!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  7. Tasha

    These look divine! Not gonna lie…sitting here contemplating unwrapping the griddle I know my mom bought me for Christmas so I can make these quicker! It’s sitting in my closet. 🤔 I can always re-wrap it….right?!? Hahah.

  8. Vanna

    I see we can substitute with GF flour and almond milk, what would you recommend to replace the eggs? Can’t wait to whip up a batch or two.

  9. lacey peacock

    I’m not a big fan of pancakes….. but I make them for my husband and kids. THESE have changed me….best pancakes ! I was convinced they were all the same until now. Angel cakes is an appropriate name because they shouldn’t even be in the pancakes category hehe

  10. Ashley

    These turned out amazing!!! Best pancakes I’ve ever had!! Can you use this recipe and make waffles as well?

  11. Molly

    Hi Tori, I made these and they tasted amazing but didn’t get as fluffy as I expected. Is it possible I over mixed them?

    p.s. love your recipes!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Molly! It is possible that is the case. Did you make them with the buttermilk? I find when I use a dairy-free substitute that they don’t get as fluffy. Thank you so much for following along and for taking the time to comment! Tori

  12. Stephanie Kendal

    I just made these but used blueberries and lemon zest and they were amazing! Thanks for the great recipe! I will definitely try the other variations.

  13. Jenn

    I’ve never written a review anywhere before. These are SO good, I had to! Best pancakes maybe ever!

  14. Rachael

    Tori these sound amazing and I can’t wait to try them this weekend! Maybe a bit of a silly question but do you think you could try this batter in a waffle maker?

  15. Julie

    I made these pancakes this morning and they were delicious. Very fluffy.
    I’ll be replacing my Martha Stewart pancake recipe for this one! I’m looking forward to making your lentil soup and some of your muffin recipes this month.

  16. Karen G Robbins

    I just made these Angel Cakes for the first time. Not certain why it took me so long. They are so scrumptious, Tori. You really knocked this one out of the park. Thank you

  17. Pat

    Made these this morning and just wanted to know if the batter is supposed to be a little stiff? I definitely couldn’t get mine to look like yours! Not sure if it could be the US flour or buttermilk that’s a bit different?

  18. Jada

    These by far are the best pancakes I’ve ever made and eaten!! Thank you for sharing. Any way to know the calories and break down by chance?
    Thank you again

  19. Kerry

    Omg made these this morning. Best pancakes ever. Thanks so much for a lovely Sunday morning new ritual ❤️

  20. Kim

    just made these they are soooo fluffy and light, may try putting blueberries In next time.
    Thanks for sharing

  21. Ginny

    I think the non-dairy milk instructions could be tweaked. I followed the recipe as posted using almond milk substitution instructions and my pancakes were paper-thin (but tasted good!). I didn’t want to throw the batter out and waste it, so I added more dry ingredients to the batter and ended up with a pancake that was much thicker and fluffier. Taste was good even when they were paper thin, but everyone likes a big fluffy pancake 😉

    1. Tori Wesszer

      I totally agree with you actually Ginny! I will just remove that and send people to my vegan pancakes which were created to address this issue (and are super fluffy!). Thanks for reminding me! Tori

  22. Debbie

    Tori! If I have leftover batter could I save and use again tomorrow morn? These are scrumptious ps!!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Debbie! I usually make them up and refrigerate them but I think it should work the following day – I will have to try the next time! My only concern would be the baking powder left activated that long? But it may be a non issue…

  23. Kristen- Lynn Gannon

    Tori — These are absolutely stunning! Easy to assemble, the cook perfectly and taste delicious. Definitely going to keep this in my recipe repertoire.

  24. Ella

    My father in law likes to say he makes the best pancakes and will never share his recipe! These are SO MUCH BETTER and I didn’t need to visit him to get them haha. Loved them!!!

  25. Maryna

    These are unreal! Didn’t have buttermilk so I tried the vinegar and milk and they turned out delicious!! My kids loved them! Thanks for this great recipe!

  26. Destiny

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! Sunday night pancake suppers are my most favourite and these have made it even better!!! After we ate them tonight, my son said: “mommy you are just the best maker of pancakes.” Thank you so much xx

  27. Emily

    Do you have a preferred gluten free flour brand/blend (Canadian)? I have tried the Robin Hood gluten free but the pancakes were not great. Recommendations appreciated.

  28. Nicole

    I cannot tell you how WONDERFUL these pancakes are! I’ve tested, tried my own recipe for years, however, yours came along and I stopped! These are simply the very best! Thank you for all the wonderful content, and I’m ready for your recipe book to come out! Cheers…

  29. Denise

    Made these this weekend for my niece and nephew (both picky eaters) and they were a huge hit! So excited for your cookbook release!

  30. Kirsten

    I made these over Memorial weekend for a large crowd at our lake home, and I’ve never gotten so many compliments on a meal. I did add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give it a twist. Easy and delicious. Fabulous Tori!

  31. Melissa Sanders

    I have never been able to make a proper pancake but today I finally succeeded! These were amazing! And it makes enough to freeze and enjoy again.
    Thank you for this recipe!

  32. Pamela

    I have this receipe a try and omg, some of the best pancakes I have ever had. They were light, fluffy and full of flavour. Thank you Tori for sharing. I truly enjoy following you; love your passion for healthy eating and alternative options.

  33. Pamela

    I had to give this receipe a try and omg, some of the best pancakes I have ever had. They were light, fluffy and full of flavour. Thank you Tori for sharing. I truly enjoy following you; love your passion for healthy eating and alternative options.

  34. Sherri

    After seeing Jillian rave and post about these pancakes I decided to give them a try. I’m not a huge fan of pancakes until now!! These are simply delicious!! They must be called Angel Cakes because they are sent from heaven. Thank you for the recipe!

  35. Teresa

    I have made it my mission to find some hit recipes for my family! Need I say more… my teenage kids are not easy to please! Their responses,”Wow Mom, theses are the best ever! Did you mean to make them this way?”

  36. Ashley Schwartz

    Hey Tori
    First off I absolutely love following you!! Keep the amazing content coming!!
    So I’ve been making these pancakes every Sunday for a few months now and when I made them the first few times they were SO amazingly fluffy and light we loved them!! but I’ve been struggling for a while now. I do 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 white flour and they turn out flat and gummy. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong please help!!

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Ashley! I’m so sorry to hear that – how frustrating! I am not totally sure what is going on there as I make that substitute all the time. I wonder if you try to increase the baking powder by a bit? Are you making them with the buttermilk? Or try sifting the flour?

  37. Pam Holt

    Best pancakes we have EVER had and we are a serious pancake recipe! Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  38. Irene

    The family loves these pancakes! Our new favorite recipe! Am I able to use the same recipe for waffles? Someone told me you need to adjust for waffles.

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hmmm I don’t know Irene I haven’t tried it but I think it should work? I would try adding a touch less milk to be honest – would love to hear if you try I keep meaning too but keep forgetting!

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  40. Becky

    Wow I just made these from your cookbook and they are heavenly. So light and fluffy and so easy to make. They were definitely husband approved lol. I have to say I have made 6 recipes from your cookbook this weekend (it’s cozy and raining) and every one has tasted amazing and easy to make. Best cookbook I have ever bought. Congratulations on a huge success.

  41. Becky

    I made these from the cookbook and wow. Amazing. So light and fluffy and delicious. And so easy. Definitely husband approved lol. I have made 6 recipes from the book and all have worked out and taste so good. And I didn’t have to shop for special ingredients. I love your cookbook.

  42. Natalie

    Tori, I absolutely love these pancakes! I make them with my boys (ages 3 and 5) every Saturday now and is part of our morning weekend routine! I tried the recipe with whole wheat flour as well and turned out beautifully! Definitely a household favourite. Thank you!

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