Restaurant copycat: Cheesecake IHOP pancakes

Claire Gallam

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When I was in college, my friends and I would always go to IHOP after a long night of.... studying. And nothing quite hit the spot like a big plate of their super rich and decadent cheesecake pancakes. Even though I love indulging in those heavenly cakes, they are far more fun to make at home (and you can eat them in your sweats without judgment).

Restaurant copycat: Cheesecake ihop pancakes

These sweet pancakes are perfect for a weekend breakfast for the kids and hubby, or are even just as good as a dessert! You can top it with your favorite fruit. We chose blackberries, but strawberries and cherries are just as delicious.

Restaurant copycat: Cheesecake IHOP pancakes

Slightly inspired by Food Network.

Serves about 2-4


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam, with seeds
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh blackberries

For the filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup graham crackers


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda together. Add in the buttermilk, cream, egg and canola oil, and stir to combine.
  2. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the batter, 1/4 cup at a time, to the skillet. Cook until bubbly on top, about 4 minutes on each side (or until golden brown).
  3. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla together until fluffy.
  4. To assemble, layer the pancakes with a spoonful or so of cream cheese frosting and 2 tablespoons of graham crackers.
  5. Mix the jam and the berries together, smashing the berries. Top the pancake stacks with jam and berries.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.