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How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

Imagine cooking up a delicious pancake breakfast for your family, WITHOUT devoting half an hour (or more!) to standing at the griddle making them one at a time. Intrigued? I was too! I’ve always loved pancakes, but they’ve become more of a special occasion or weekends kind of breakfast for us. It’s no fun to be stuck at the stove flipping pancakes while everybody else gets to eat! So when I heard about a way to make one giant pancake, rather than a bunch of little ones, I was eager to give it a try!

This unique method requires almost no effort at all on your part, and the only piece of equipment you need is your trusty rice cooker! You’ll end up with one tall and springy pancake that can be sliced into individual servings, just like a regular cake. Top with butter and syrup, or whatever your preferred pancake accompaniments may be, and eat up! Pancakes for a crowd just got WAY easier.

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

Rice Cooker Pancake

You’ll need:

  • Prepared pancake batter
  • Additional ingredients (optional)
  • Rice cooker
  • Cooking spray

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd


You’ll start by whipping up a batch of your favorite pancake mix. If you’re looking to go as simple as possible, look no further than my recipe for homemade “Shake and Pour” pancake batter. If you’re looking for a bit more flavor, I’m quite partial to the Buttermilk Pancakes I featured in my post about using up leftover buttermilk. We ended up using two prepared batches of the “Shake and Pour” pancake mix.

Read More: Make Your Own “Shake and Pour” Pancakes!

Read More: 12 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

Prepare your rice cooker by coating the inside with your cooking spray. Pour your pancake batter into the rice cooker, and stop when you’ve filled the cooker about half way, to allow for expansion.

At this point you can add any pancake add-ins that you and your family enjoy, like chocolate chips, blueberries, bananas, or cocoa powder. This step is optional, of course. :-)

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

Turn your rice cooker on and let the pancake cook until done. Ours took about 3 hours to cook, but it will vary depending on your rice cooker, so it may be easier to go off of visual cues.

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

The top of the pancake should be set, meaning it shouldn’t jiggle when you move the cooker around. You should also test to make sure the inside is done by sticking a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, you’re ready to eat!

How To Make One Huge Pancake That Will Feed A Crowd

Flip your cooker upside down to slide your pancake out onto a plate. Slice like a cake, and serve warm with all your favorite pancake toppings. Delicious!

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  • My daughter uses an 8×13 Pyrex glass dish @350°F for 25-30 in oven to achieve a “Pancake Cake”. Comes out fluffy, spongy, and a perfect golden brown.

    Hope this helps those who don’t have a rice cooker.

  • I’m gonna try & cook this in my insta pot… I bet I can do it in 20 to 30 minutes. Good thing I buy my Bisquick at Costco, it might take some trial and error!

  • Hi Jillie
    I have the same question about the rice cooker. Mine too pops up no matter if rice is cooked all the way or not when i cook brown rice I need to depress button down about 2 more times depending on how much I cook.
    Do you mean 3 hours? In a rice cooker? I would rather make one by one unless I want to get up earlier which is not what I want to do on the weekends.
    Could you mean 30 minutes?
    Thank you.

  • When you use the rice cooker, do you have to keep depressing the switch, or does it stay down the whole time? Mine usually pops up after 30 minutes or so, no matter what I’ve got in it.

      • Yes, it will work in the Crock-Pot. I just looked on my favorite crock pot site ayearofslowcooking.com and she has made the recipe in the slow cooker. It took only 2 hours, but hers looked like she used less batter. Or maybe the Crock-Pot was wider than the rice cooker, so it spread out more.

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