Recipe for fluffy Japanese pancakes

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Indulge in the fluffy goodness of Japanese pancakes with this delightful recipe. These pancakes are known for their airy texture and melt-in-your-mouth experience, making them a favorite treat for breakfast or brunch.

Why Make This Recipe

If you’re a fan of light and fluffy pancakes, this Japanese pancake recipe is a must-try. It offers a unique twist on traditional pancakes, with a cloud-like texture that is sure to impress your taste buds. Perfect for a special weekend breakfast or a cozy brunch at home.

How to Make Fluffy Japanese Pancakes


  • Two egg yolks
  • One tablespoon milk
  • One half teaspoon vanilla essence
  • One half teaspoon baking powder
  • One half cup cake flour
  • Three egg whites
  • One fourth teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Two tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil


  1. In a mixing dish, combine two egg yolks, one tablespoon milk, and one half teaspoon vanilla essence. Whisk until the mixture thickens.
  2. Sift baking powder and cake flour into the bowl. Whisk until well blended. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the cream of tartar to three egg whites. Whisk steadily until light and white. Gradually add granulated sugar while continuing to whisk until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture until completely blended. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag.
  5. Preheat a pan over low heat for two to three minutes. Grease the pan with vegetable oil.
  6. Pipe the pancake mixture onto the pan, forming three-inch tall and wide pancakes. Cook covered for six to seven minutes.
  7. Carefully check the bottom of the pancakes for a golden brown color. Gently flip the pancakes and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  8. Once both sides are golden brown, transfer the pancakes to a platter and serve.

How to Serve Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Serve the Japanese pancakes with freshly cut fruits like blueberries, kiwis, and strawberries. Drizzle with maple or honey syrup and sprinkle with powdered sugar for extra sweetness.

How to Store Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Store any leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat in a microwave or on a pan before serving.

Tips to Make Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

  • Be gentle when folding the egg white mixture into the egg yolks to maintain the fluffy texture.
  • Ensure the pan is preheated and greased evenly to prevent sticking.
  • Use a piping bag for easy and consistent pancake shapes.


For a fruity variation, add mashed bananas or blueberries to the pancake batter for an extra burst of flavor.


  1. Can I use all-purpose flour instead of cake flour? Cake flour is recommended for a lighter texture, but all-purpose flour can be used as a substitute.
  2. How can I achieve taller pancakes? Pipe the pancake batter higher in the pan for taller pancakes.
  3. Can I make the batter ahead of time? It’s best to make the batter just before cooking for the fluffiest pancakes.

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