Chocolate Cherry Pancakes – Easy Black Forest Pancakes

March 25, 2020Sew White

These Chocolate Cherry Pancakes are absolutely delicious. The mix of cherries and chocolate chips in the fluffy black forest pancakes is just incredible to give that iconic rich and fruity Black Forest taste.

I can’t wait to make these . This chocolate cherry pancakes recipe make the best brunch. My recipe mixes chocolate and cherries into the iconic drop scone pancake. They are a brilliant use of your store cupboard ingredients too. Even the fresh ingredients like milk and eggs I always have which makes pancakes always a delicious idea that can be quickly made!

I am a bit obsessed with pancakes I’m not going to lie. I love them. They are so easy to adapt and change with each making session. At the moment I am loving a stack of American style pancakes for a special brunch or breakfast. In my latest batch I raided the pantry for something to add to them. I found some glacé cherries and a bag of dark chocolate chips. I knew that together they would make an incredible breakfast. Black forest pancakes!

The finished stack of chocolate cherry pancakes ready to be served for brunch.

How gorgeous doe these glacé cherries look ready to be used!

What cherries can I add to pancakes?

Adding cherries to pancakes is really easy but there are some which I have found work better than others. They all mix in well but some distribute better and some cook better. You don’t want them sticking to the pan!

Glacé cherries – adding glacé cherries to pancakes is my most favourite type of cherries to do. They are sweet are sticky but not too juicy so they don’t upset the consistency of the mix too much.

Dried cherries – Dried cherries are cherries which have been dried with heat normally over a few hours. These cherries are great to use but can often be more expensive than glacé cherries.

Fresh cherries – fresh cherries in pancakes are a lovely addition to top the pancakes. However because they are so juicy they can make the mixture too runny. If you do want to use fresh cherries remove the stones and chop them up in to small pieces. Use a piece of kitchen paper to absorb as much liquid as you can before adding them to the mix.

How how to cook chocolate cherry pancakes

Cooking these pancakes is easy. The chocolate chips and cherry will stick to the pan a little but don’t be worried it’s not a problem. When you make these pancakes make sure the pan is non stick and at a good medium to hot heat with a little butter.

As you pour the mix in to the pan leave the pancakes for a few minutes until the air bubbles are visible on the top. When the bubbles are there then it’s time to flip. This is the best way to know when they need to be flipped.

Top view of the chocolate cherry pancake stack

At first I had thought I had burned them when I flipped them but it was the dark chocolate chips which had melted while cooking. The cherries added a fruitiness to the finished pancakes and the chocolate a tasty rich bit which was delicious together.

If you like these iconic black forest flavours scroll down to the bottom of the post to find more recipes which use the delicious chocolate and cherry flavour. Black Forest pancakes are such a wonderful way to start the day.

I would say chocolate and cherry pancakes are just for special occasions but sometimes a midweek brunch at home is occasion enough.

Pancake recipe for children

The pancakes are super easy to make and great to make with children too. It’s a good whisking up exercise. When the results are pancakes there will be a lot more dedication to getting them made. I know it works on me. I’m driven to do the hand mixing, by the promise of eating the delicious food when it’s done.

A cup full of chocolate chips falling out on to a table
Easy cherry chocolate pancakes stack on a pink plate.

Black forest pancakes

Black forest is a truly wonderful set of flavours and you can see why are so iconic now. Chocolate and cherry are a flavour partnership which just keep on giving us wonderful results.

Making black forest pancakes is really easy I promise. You take a beautiful simple pancake recipe and mix in chopped cherries. Fresh or preserved cherries both work, but you will need to take the pips out of the fresh if you have them.

Once the cherries are we add a few chocolate chips and hey presto we are ready to cook.

If you want to take it to the next level drizzle molten chocolate sauce over them when you are serving. You definitely can’t go wrong with more chocolate.

How to make black forest pancakes.

Chocolate pancakes

Chocolate pancakes are delicious so easy. If you want to make these extra chocolatey you can replace 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Resulting in pancakes which are chocolatey with chocolate chips in!

pancakes with chocolate and cherry filling for pancake day.

Maraschino cherry pancakes

For this recipe I used glacé cherries but Maraschino cherries would work so well too! They are two versions of the same fruit, the glacé which has been more processed in the thick syrup. The maraschino I find to be a bit juicier. Both will work and both will taste rather delicious.

Sour cherry pancakes

Sour cherries in pancakes are really great. It give that adjustment from the more sweet version of pancakes. They sweet and sour are a great match for pancakes and in general!

I love this recipe for pancakes. It never fails me and it’s one I give to everyone who wants a really simple recipe to use. If you don’t like cherries leave them out. Not a fan of dark chocolate then make it milk chocolate. It’s easy to adapt to your favourite flavours.

A golden brown stack of chocolate cherry pancakes on a pink stripe plate.

What can I serve with chocolate cherry pancakes?

These pancakes are great ready to eat as they are. I’ve also served them with maple syrup on top (Definitely one for the sweet tooth fans). Ice cream also worked really well or even a drizzle of single cream works. If you make a few extra they taste really good cold as a snack later with a cup of tea!

The top things to serve with chocolate cherry pancakes would have to be;

  • maple syrup
  • ice cream
  • single cream
  • fresh cherries
  • blackberries
  • strawberries
  • honey
  • lemon juice

What do I need for Black Forest Pancakes?

You only need a few ingrients to make these delicious black forest pancakes. Most of which you will have at home.

All the dry ingredients are always found in my pantry. Eggs and milk I always make sure we have in the fridge too. Chocolate chips and cherries are not always in the cupboard. However after making a few Christmas goodies with cherries in, I had some left over and they seem to last for ever!

  • Self Raising Flour
  • baking powder
  • icing sugar
  • caster sugar
  • melted butter
  • an egg
  • glacé cherries
  • chocolate chips
  • milk
  • butter for the pan
Top view of a stack of pancakes with chocolate and cherry pieces. Easy black forest pancake recipe

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Chocolate Cherry Pancakes – Easy Black Forest Pancakes

Sisley White
These Chocolate Cherry Pancakes are absolutely delicious. The mix of cherries and chocolate chips in the fluffy black forest pancakes is just incredible to give that iconic rich and fruity Black Forest taste.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, British, English
Servings 2 portions
Calories 779 kcal


  • Frying pan or hot plate
  • Mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • Kitchen Scales
  • measuring jug
  • Spatular


  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar / confectioners sugar
  • 25 g caster sugar
  • 25 g unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 100 g glacé cherries
  • 50 g chocolate chips
  • 250 ml milk
  • butter for the pan (extra for the pan)


  • Sieve the flour in to a bowl along with the baking powder and icing sugar. Stir in the caster sugar.
  • Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly before adding to the mix. Whisk it in along with the egg.
  • Whisk in the milk.
  • Chop up the glacé cherries and stir in with the chocolate chips.
  • Heat up a frying pan until it’s a medium/high heat.
  • Add a little butter to the pan and allow to melt.
  • Put a spoonful/small ladle of mix into the pan (I can usually do 4 in a pan to make a stack each round). When the pancakes start to bubble flip them over.
  • When they are done stack them on a plate and serve.


•You can make the mix ahead of time and store in the fridge in a covered bowl/container. Bring to room temperature before using.
•Store the pancakes on a plate with a clean cloth or tea towel on top to keep them warm if you want to do a plate of pancakes.


Calories: 779kcalCarbohydrates: 134gProtein: 19gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 417mgPotassium: 301mgFiber: 3gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 770IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 290mgIron: 2mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword black forest pancake recipe, black forest pancakes, cherry chocolate pancakes, cherry pancakes, Chocolate Cherry Pancakes, chocolate pancakes with cherry
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  • Donna

    March 26, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    5 stars
    These look fab. I love all of your pancake recipes and chocolate and cherry is such a great combo!

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you. I hope you like them!

  • Samantha

    March 26, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them!

  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    March 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    5 stars
    Oooh these look so tasty! I’ve got some cherries in the cupboard….

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Lock down is definitely proving the mother of discovery!

  • Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    March 26, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    5 stars
    These pancakes are so yummy! The chocolate cherry combo in a breakfast dish is a real treat!

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      Aww that is so kind of you to say <3

  • Veena Azmanov

    March 26, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    5 stars
    Chocolate Cherry Pancake sounds so interesting and yum. Cant wait to try them out.

    1. Sew White

      March 27, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      I hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think x

  • Katie

    March 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Sew White

      March 27, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      I hope you enjoy it x

  • Toni

    March 26, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    5 stars
    My family loved it! Quickly became a new favorite breakfast at my house!

    1. Sew White

      March 27, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      YAY. Thank you so much for telling me

  • Chef Dennis

    March 27, 2020 at 8:07 am

    5 stars
    Yum! These Chocolate Cherry Pancakes are perfect for me and my wife! I wish it’s breakfast soon. I am really loving the cherries on this pancake.

    1. Sew White

      March 27, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      I think pancakes can be any time of the day!

  • Chloe Edges

    March 30, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    5 stars
    Bloody genius – cannot go wrong with a combo of cherries and chocolate!

    1. Sew White

      March 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      Legend flavours for a reason!

  • Jacqui – Recipes Made Easy:Only Crumbs Remain

    March 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    5 stars
    Love the sound of these pancakes. They would make a lovely weekend breakfast treat.

    1. Sew White

      March 31, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      I hope you get a chance to make these!

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