Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

This is the best fluffy pancake recipe according to my family! These thick and fluffy pancakes turn out perfect every time. 
Lately I've been obsessed with trying to find the perfect pancake recipe, but it's mostly been trial and error. My favorite pancakes are are scratch buttermilk pancakes pretty much like the ones at I Hop and Cracker Barrel. Back in the day I used to get the best pancakes at a restaurant called Barbec's, in Pleasant Grove. 

Goodness they made the best beer pancakes and beer biscuits in the world. That was so long ago and back in the 90's but Barbec's has since closed down. One of my families favorite meals is breakfast for dinner and we all love pancakes. My little guy Carson loves them as much as I do so finding a great recipe has been a bit of a challenge. 

I've tried a lot of buttermilk pancake recipes only to be disappointed with each one, so Bisquick is what I've been using for pancakes and waffles. I know it's not homemade but it's really a good baking mix and they turn out great every time. I was visiting one of my favorite blogs and noticed they had posted a recipe for Perfect Pancakes! 

I read down a bit further and saw that the recipe source was The Pioneer Woman. Ree's calls for cake flour which was a bit different, but I went with it. I couldn't wait to make these pancakes!!! And make them I did, I have made this pancake recipe four times and my family loves this recipe. I have to say these pancakes are light, fluffy and delicious, so finally my searching is finally over. 

Yum perfect, fluffy pancake batter! I love batter, so I tasted a bit and can vouch for its yumminess.

Slather with butter and syrup and enjoy!!!

Yield: 4
Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

This is the best fluffy pancake recipe according to my family! These thick and fluffy pancakes turn out perfect every time.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 6 MinTotal time: 21 Min


  • 3 cups cake flour (see below on how to make your own)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk, well shaken or use whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk or milk, egg yolks, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until slightly - stiff peaks form and then set aside.
  4. Add wet the ingredients to the dry ingredients. Using a spatula stirring until just until the mixture is combined.
  5. Melt butter in the microwave and add to the batter, stirring gently to combine.
  6. Fold in the egg whites and mix until combined.
  7. Cook the pancakes on a greased skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown.
  8. Serve with butter and syrup.


Separating the egg yolks from the whites and then folding the egg whites separately into the batter adds fluffiness to the pancakes.

How to Make Cake Flour:

  1. For every 1 cup of cake flour called for in a recipe, measure out 1 cup of all purpose flour.
  2. Remove 2 tablespoons flour from that measurement (return those 2 tablespoons to your flour canister or bag (you won't need them).
  3. Add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to the 1 cup measured flour. 
  4. Sift the flour and cornstarch mixture together. (this step is very important)
  5. Now you are ready to use this flour mixture in any recipe calling for cake flour.

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adapted from: the pioneer woman

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Stephanie said…
Mmm, those do look good. I have several favorite pancake recipes that I use, but these really do look so light and fluffy. Yum!
Anonymous said…
Hi! I really enjoy your site and have made some of your recipes regulars at our house. Your fruit salad is the BOMB!

If you have no problem with pancake mix may I suggest you try Krusteaz? My dh and I quit making pancakes from scratch when we tried it. They come out very fluffy and tasty every time and are way easy. And no, I don't work for them or own stock LOL. Unfortunately. I bet your "scratch" ones are delicious but it's nice to have a quick back up sometimes.
Lisa said…
That's a great website--I have a great "blender" pancake recipe where you put the wheat berries, and everything in the blender--LOTS of blending time, but well worth it! Love your photos of the pancakes--making me hungry!
Those look yummy! I don't have cake flour though. Is all purpose okay?
God bless,
Denise said…
These do look good. I must confess I often will just buy the frozen ones and pop them in the microwave for dd! These look so good I might have to try them one weekend for all of us :-)
love American pancakes
sherri said…
Now that you've gone to all that trouble- i'll guess i'll get to make them just by clicking here- I feel sort of guilty
Ann in TN said…
When I started reading your pancake dilemma, I was going to ask if you had tried Pioneer Woman's/Ree's pancake recipe. I love it and I see you do to. :)
Ah, yes...Ree has some really good looking recipes!! I'm always meaning to buy some cake flour (got a "best" cake recipe I'm supposed to be trying!), but I've never seen a pancake recipe using it! Must try!!
We make pancakes every Sunday and we LOVE ours with Wheat flour. Have you tried it? Fluffy everytime.
Lara said…
Sounds like it may be worth the trip to get some cake flour. My kids love pancakes and I'm getting bored with the same old, same old.
I was looking for a homemade pancake recipe myself, especially after my host mom made it in Germany, and I never got up to asking her for it.

Have to try this,...hmmm....probably not tomorrow morning because I have to get up early to volunteer for Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding...but Thursday morning sounds like a date!!
cake flour is the southern woman's secret tool for her recipes! you'd be surprised what you can use it in to add lightness!
Phyllis said…
This receipe looks so easy and exactly what I was looking for. We missed our favorite restaurant here in Arlington that had the BEST pancakes ever! The new Cowboy Stadium bought the property and now I haven't been able to find another one like it. I knew it had Vanilla and sugar in it. Can't wait to try it!!
Whitney said…
Hmmm...I'm actually intrigued by the beer pancake thing...

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FoodieCrystal said…
I am so trying this recipe this weekend! My husband absolutely loves pancakes.

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MamaBB said…
These were great - made them this weekend with my toddler and blogged about them here:
Thanks for sharing the recipe - love your site!
Anonymous said…
thank you! my extended family really enjoyed these pancakes on christmas morning! as advertised, the pancakes were perfect~ light, fluffy & delicious. my 2 yr old dd is a pancake fanatic, so i'll be making these again for her on new years day!
Ricandi said…
Thank you for this recipe. They truly are the perfect pancake recipe! Light and fluffy and tasty.
Nicole said…
I'm a pancake fan as well an this is definitely going to be my new favorite recipe. My husband loves them too!
Elizabeth said…
These were soo good.I love my recipe but these are so on the list of my faves.
Liz said…
I, like you, have been searching for a great pancake recipe. I made these last night and my search is officially over. Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe with us!
Anonymous said…
I just made these a few hours ago for dinner and the pancakes were deliciously perfect. Whew! no more yearning for IHOP.

I love, love, love your blog and i come here almost everyday and just hang around...:) Thank you for sharing your recipes and making me a good cook.
Anonymous said…
Thank you Thank you Thank you! This recipe is awesome! No more Aunt Jemima in my house :)
Anonymous said…
Just thought I'd share a kitchen tip. You can make your own cake flour substitute by sifting all purpose flour three times and then measuring.
Diana W. said…
I love a light, fluffy pancake but I also like the convenience of a mix. My all time favorite way is to use .....soda pop for the liquid, (for me it's diet sprite). Do not dilute with any other liquid as it takes away from the bubble action. Also if you use root beer, orange or any other flavored soft drink the kids will love the novelty.
AliceDallas said…
Finally! a recipe that worked. I have never been able to get my pancakes just right, but this morning I tried your recipe and WOW! is all I can say. My husband and son loved the pancakes. This will now become the recipe I use from now on to make pancakes. I love love love your site.
Anonymous said…
I have tried this recipe and I will continue to use it forever, this is by far the best pancake recipe ever!!!!!!
Karissa said…
I used this recipe but I didn't have any cake flower so I used all purpose. I also added 1/2 tablespoon of molasses and they turned out amazing
Michele Menefee said…
I'm usually not one to post reviews but this one was worthy. I've tried hundreds of homemade pancake recipes over the years, but this one is great. I did not have cake flour so I made my own: For each one cup all purpose flour, you take out 2 TBSP of the flour and add 2 TBSP corn starch and sift the mixture to mix. This is by far the best pancake recipe so far. Thanks bunches. :)
Anonymous said…
My kids and I love this one...A keeper
Unknown said…
Yes. You "could" use regular flour I suppose. But the whole point with cake flour is that it makes the cakes light & fluffy.! It'd be much better if you followed her recipe to a t !
Tina Butler said…
You would need to use cake flour for this recipe. I cannot say what the results would be if you substitute with regular all purpose flour.
Anonymous said…
I made these, added blueberries though, soooo happy I did, delicious recipe,!
I have used this receipe for many years, right to the tee with one exception, I beat the egg whites to stiff then fold into batter. Excellent never change receipe.
Tina Butler said…
That's how my mama made her pancakes. She separated the eggs and beat the white till fluffy then added them to the batter.