Miniature German pancakes are one of the most fun desserts that you’ll ever make, and they’re so quick and easy. You’ll have a batch of individual desserts for everyone in less than 14 minutes. Mini German pancakes are more fun, more impressive, and better than strawberry shortcakes, and you can use whatever dessert toppings or fillings you want.
Mini German Pancakes: Easier than Pie
These mini dessert cups are easier than pie. You only have to melt some butter in a jumbo muffin pan, mix the batter, divide it into the muffin cups, and bake for only 9-10 minutes. From there, you can fill your mini German pancakes with whatever you want–from pastry fillings to berries and cream or even an ice cream sundae.
The image above shows a mini German pancake filled with a cream cheese pastry filling and topped with fresh blueberries and blueberry syrup with a dollop of whipped cream. You can even make them in chocolate if you’d like.
The Secret to Perfect German Pancakes
If there is a secret to making German pancakes, it’s a hot oven. There is no leavening in the batter; it’s all driven with steam like a popover. So you have to have a lot of heat in a hurry for expansion.
Ovens are notoriously inaccurate, even brand-new ovens. If your first batch doesn’t rise the way it should, turn your oven up 25 degrees. You can buy an oven thermometer and check your oven.
We had the ovens checked at a major appliance store before doing a demo. They were off 35 degrees on average. An experienced service technician can adjust the oven for you.
How to Make Mini German Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup German pancake mix
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix the eggs, milk, and German pancake mix together.
- Put a dab of butter in each cup of a six-cup jumbo muffin pan. Put the pan in the oven to heat and melt the butter.
- Divide the batter between the six cups.
- Bake for nine to ten minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove the Dutch babies to a wire rack. Serve immediately.
Choose Your Favorite Fillings for Mini German Pancakes
For filling your dessert cups, you’re only limited by your imagination. Turn them into an ice cream sundae by filling them with ice cream and hot fudge. Turn them into a mini pie with a pastry filling or pudding. Your options are endless.
We have 13 pastry fillings to choose from and over 30 kinds of pancake syrups and dessert sauces. You can also make flavored whipped cream to fill your mini German pancakes–it’s so much better than the stuff you can get out of the can.
Hot Fudge Sundae Mini German Pancakes
- Make either chocolate or vanilla dessert cups.
- While they are still warm, load them with vanilla ice cream.
- Drizzle them generously with hot fudge sauce.
- Sprinkle them with salted chopped peanuts.
- Top them with a scoop of chunky peanut butter whipped cream.
Blueberry Cream German Pancake Dessert Cups