Chocolate Dutch Baby

chocolate dutch baby

Don’t give me that look.  It’s perfectly acceptable to have chocolate for breakfast!  Especially when you realize that the slice of powdered sugar dusted cake on my plate is actually a PANCAKE. It’s a chocolate pancake, PEOPLE! And it takes absolutely no time to make! I was able to execute this recipe whilst getting ready for work, feeding Cooper, quieting an incessantly mewing cat, wrangling a diaper bag, taking pictures, sneaking in a few morning kisses with my husband, and cleaning up my kitchen on a weekday. Let me say that again- A WEEKDAY!!  If that doesn’t give you a hint of how easy it was, then I don’t know what will!

hello strawberries

All you need is a small group of ingredients, a blender, a medium sized cast iron skillet & a hot oven and you’re just 20 minutes away from digging into a chocolate pancake for breakfast.  Do you need syrup for this pancake? Heck NO! It’s perfectly sweet with the combo of the powdered sugar & the strawberries. Isn’t that fantastic? No syrup means you have one less thing to deal with in the morning!  And yes…it does taste like a piece of really thin chocolate cake!

And we’re off!

Get your ingredients together.


Toss them all in a blender!

tossing it in

BLEND for a minute. Hello frothy foam! It took a few minutes to convince Cooper I wasn’t making a smoothie!

blending it up

Melt butter in a skillet.


Pour the batter in the skillet. Bake it!

now to the oven

Say hello to a PANCAKE that looks like cake. Actually it kinda looks like this one.

out of the oven

Dust it with powdered sugar. Add a few slices of fresh strawberries.

powdered sugar dusting

One plate for me. One plate for you…Now who gets that yummy cappuccino?

chocolate dutch baby action

Wasn’t that super simple?

chocolate dutch baby

Don’t forget that it’s really just a PANCAKE.

And if you’re not really in the chocolate mood, check out Nicolle’s Dutch Baby!!

Chocolate Dutch Baby

Serves 8 (or 4)

(recipe adapted from Everyday Food Magazine)

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned & leveled
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (I didn’t sift)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
  • 1/2 pint strawberries, hulled & quartered

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a blender, combine milk, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and sugar. Blend for 1 minute. The mixture will be foamy. In a large cast-iron skillet melt butter over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet and immediately transfer to the oven. Bake until puffed and set, about 20 minutes. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, top with strawberries and serve immediately.

  • Megan

    I love this idea! I need these in my life.

  • Biscuit

    That looks incredible! I think I know what I’m having for dessert tonight!

  • Katrina

    This looks beyond delish. I’m in love.

  • Adina

    What a wonderful idea! I’ve been eating dutch babies since I was a kid, but I never heard of making a chocolate one. I see this idea in my future, even perhaps after a hard day of work…

  • Kasey

    I’ve made Dutch Baby pancakes before but chocolate? Lady, you know this is SO up my ally.

  • erinlucy

    ooh look at that fancy cocoa! and did you do that leafy pattern on your cappuccino? i am SO impressed. chocolate pancakes AND latte art on a weekday?! xo

    • Tracy

      and a mountain of dishes from the night before!! and cat hair tumbleweeds in every corner of my house!

  • jules

    mmmmkay. making this stat. we just picked up 8 POUNDS of strawberries and they need places to go. : ) YAY.

  • Vanessa

    This looks absolutely delicious and addicting. I love dutch babies. Ok that sounded weird haha.

  • Panya

    FYI, when I make mine [my family calls them German Pancakes], I just mix everything together with a whisk, pour over the melted butter in my stainless steel frying pan, bake, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. I usually add a big pinch of lemon zest to the batter, which gives it just a hint of lemon.

    Oh, and it only makes one serving in this house. 😉

  • Blanka

    I will try it! Surely.
    That looks so yummy…
    I love this simple breakfast idea…

  • Bruna

    I absolutely have to try this one! Looks delicious!


  • Stacy

    I love Dutch Pancakes but have never had a chocolate one…this is a must try.

  • Dana

    Looks faboo to me. My boys always ask for “daddy pancakes”. Daddy is the only one who makes pancakes around here – and that is all he makes. But I’m totally going to surprise them with this one.

  • Kimberly

    I’m a fan of the Dutch baby (or as I call it, Big Pancake) for a weekend breakfast or even a lazy weeknight dinner, but it never occured to me to add chocolate to it. This is getting tried. Believe that!

  • peachey

    p.s. i have that tray from ikea too!

  • Lauren

    Just made this for breakfast, for my boyfriend and I. Loved it, thanks for the great idea and quick way to use up fresh berries.

  • Jess

    beyond genius, i can’t wait to try this.

  • Marisa

    Just made this. Seriously, this was exactly what I needed after taking my AP Psyche test. Tastes kind of like a thin brownie, but it’s a pancake so it’s totally ok to eat for dinner

  • Carissa

    Found your blog randomly through Pioneer Woman. Made it this morning and really liked it. My kids ate it all before daddy got any, so I whipped up another pan of it and added a touch more sugar and shaved a couple minutes off the baking time…Yummo! This will be in our regular rotation of breafast recipes. Thanks!

  • Jessica

    Dang, this does look super easy to make! I’d have a hard time not eating it with ice cream or whipped cream…for the extra calcium, of course.

  • Brittany

    makin’ this tonight for our dinner guests! can’t wait!!! 😉 thanks Tracy for your loveliness!

  • Brittany

    hey! I am going to try again, I think my cast iron might be bigger than yours, or my oven cooks too fast, since we had guests I set the timer and normally I check on things half way through and again 5 minutes before the “end” time, specially when trying a new recipe, but I forgot and it burnt! lol! oh well! I think it needs to be doubled for my pan (a large skillet) or I need to bake for half the time….I am totally trying it again tomorrow, (we are bringing dessert to a friends) I like to get them perfect! 😉 But not all was lost cus my hubby made Jamaican smiles! I love how easy the ingredients and mixing is!

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    I know that this recipe was originally posted a while ago…but I just made it recently, and it’s now my husband’s new favorite thing! He asks for it all the time, and he’s made it HIMSELF twice in the last week :). So thank you!! I just thought you should know…

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