German Pancakes

When I was growing up we maybe put peanut butter and maple syrup on these.

So there’s that.


Regardless of what you top these with, they are delicious. They are delicate and puffy and buttery and the edges are a touch crispy.


I placed about a cup and half in each cake pan and they puffed up in the oven like a dream.


German Pancakes {makes 2 or 3 pancakes}


  • 8 T butter, divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Divide the butter evenly between 2 or 3 round cake pans or place in one 9 x 13 inch pan. (If you’re just making 2 pancakes use 2 1/2 T of butter per cake pan.) Place in the oven until  butter is melty and remove.
  2. Whisk together the milk and eggs. In a small bowl toss salt, sugar and flour together. Whisk into the egg mixture. Pour over the melted butter either in the one pan or divided amongst cake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sides are fluffy and tall and center is set.
  3. Transfer to a plate. Serve with strawberry jam or maple syrup or squeeze a lemon on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

6 thoughts on “German Pancakes”

  1. We’ve always called them Dutch Babies for some unknown reason, I think I like German pancakes better. They are so yummy, especially if you top them with icing sugar and lemon.

    The hotter the pan is when you add the batter, the better it will rise.

  2. Yeah! Dutch Babies! I like that name for them. I just stuck with German Pancakes for this recipe because growing up we called them German Pancakes.

    Thanks for the hot pan tip. That’s good to know!

  3. Yes, I know them as Dutch Babies, too! I’m afraid I’m not completely sold on the peanut butter and syrup with them. I LOVE them with lemon and powdered sugar! I’m so excited to see this recipe for them with cake pans. I always assumed you had to have some big cast iron skillet to make them. These look great!

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