Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Mascarpone + a giveaway

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It’s not hard to tell that breakfast food is my number one genre of tasty things to make.ย These pancakes are the epitome of what I’d want all my food to be like – warm, subtly sweet and slightly indulgent (helloooo vanilla mascarpone whipped cream! Yes I will dollop this on everything).

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These little beauties are from Steph’s new cookbook, Easy Gourmet*, the most stylish cookbook I think I’ve ever seen! It’s full of brilliantly simple recipes which all sound and look scrumptious. She even put cool little graphics (just like the ones on her blog) on every recipe photo.

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recipe by Stephanie Le from Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook
printed with permission of Page St. Publishing

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Mascarpone

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone , , room temp
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream , (double cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla , (I used vanilla paste)
  • 3 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt,
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and carrots. In a separate bowl, whisk together the
  • egg and buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just
  • combined. Let batter sit for 10 minutes while making the vanilla mascarpone.
  • In a bowl, cream together the mascarpone and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • In a separate bowl, whip up the whipping cream until it thickens and holds
  • medium peaks (when you lift the whisk from the cream, the tip of the peak will
  • curl over on itself). Gently fold together the mascarpone- sugar mixture with the
  • whipping cream and mix in the vanilla. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of butter or oil on your pan. Drop the batter a tablespoon at a time into the pan.Cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Keep the pancakes in the warm oven until youโ€™re done with the batter.
  • In the still-hot frying pan, toast the coconut over a low heat, stirring often until golden brown (1-2 minutes). Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Top the pancakes with vanilla mascarpone and toasted coconut.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

241 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Pancakes with Vanilla Mascarpone + a giveaway”

  1. For breakfast, oatmeal is a very humble food on its own, but baked with lots of fruit & spices (and topped with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream when I’m feeling indulgent), it’s like eating a healthy dessert for breakfast. As for brunch, French toast with fresh berries is definitely a favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I really love chocolate chip pancakes and waffles becauae you can eat them for breakfast or dessert. I also really love parfaits because they’re so versatile.

  3. That recipe looks a yummy! Will have to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

    poached eggs and buttered muffins are a breakfast favourite in our house xx

  4. Never made carrot cake pancakes – these look awesome!

    My favorite breakfast is crepes, made from scratch with homemade fruit filling!

  5. Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food. Can’t wait to try the carrot cake ones. And I love the mascarpone whipped cream. I have only had it with fruit but topping a pancake sounds like a wonderful idea!

  6. This is a fabulous food site. I put on weight just looking at the pictures.
    My favorite breakfast is a stack of large pancakes, made from scratch and covered with 100% real Maine or Vermont maple syrup. At times, this can be my favorite lunch as well

  7. These look fantastic! I love brunch food any time of day. My favorite is to have a balance of sweet with savory, like savory waffles or omelets with fruit. Delicious!

  8. For a leisurely brunch, waffles are the winner for me. But it just occurred to me, why am I limiting this to weekends? (the only days I get time to cook breakfast) I’m totally having these for dinner tomorrow!

  9. Cacao oatmeal, or granola and yogurt or a simple toast aside of some latte. Basicly anything with caffeine and a banana. Otherwise I will NOT wake up lol

  10. Breakfast food is my absolute favourite food but I am also very slow in the morning and don’t have time to be fancy so lately it’s been toast with homemade almond or cashew butter and honey. These pancakes though are begging me to get busy next Saturday morning!

  11. I will be passing this recipe along to my daughter, whose daughter, my beautiful granddaughter, loves eating pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sometimes all in the same day. If I will try to figure a way to make them work using rice flour and a non-dairy substitute.

  12. Yum! These look bomb. My favorite kind of cake in pancake form!
    My favorite brunch food is probably French toast. Or some dippy egg/cheese/avocado sandwich on an English muffin!

  13. Those pancakes? Phenomenal! My favorite breakfast/brunch food is a waffles with scrambled eggs and almond butter! It’s amazing, I promise.

  14. Such beautiful cookbook photos! My favorite brunch food is grits and/or French toast. Really hope that I win this giveaway.

  15. I have to say that my favourite breakfast food is organic peanut butter, banana, chia seeds and yogurt all mixed up. I may have some kind of a problem since I’m eating it literally every morning.

  16. Eggs! My favorite for breakfast! Quiche, soft boiled eggs are wonderful! Thanks for the chances for such a cool book!โ™กโ˜†

  17. Absolutely scrumptious Izy! I’m a breakfast person too although I usually don’t get time to fix anything as delicious as these. A must try for my next weekend splurge! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Looks delish! I love fully topped bagels with cream cheese for breakfast. I like to add egg, avocado, onion, tomato, and capers. Yum!

  19. Love the post Izy!
    and I would have to say my favorite breakfast food would be challah french toast:)

  20. Oh, yum – Vanilla Mascarpone sounds goooood!

    My fav breakfast/brunch food would probably be some homemade fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon scones – and not to forget some good coffee on the side ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Oooooooh- this may be a new favorite. My current fav is sweet and simple- fluffy pancakes with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

  22. This sounds like the ulllltimate pancakes!
    Beautiful photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    My fave breaky/brunch would have to be ricotta hotcakes with berries, no doubt about it ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. I always have to have brekky on the go ): so my favourite breakfast ideas are to make almond milk overnight oats or chia pudding! I just stock em’ in the fridge and grab them when I leave for uni! c: love love love love your new book Izy! X

  24. Those look absolutely delicious, and I love all of your pictures. My favorite would definitely have to be french toast!

  25. My favourite breakfast is Vietnamese banh mi or sticky rice, as I ate them growing up. A more Western favourite would be anything savoury and hot such as pancake and french toast ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I think that not being a morning person is all the more reason to eat awesome morning foods. They make your mornings better! These look amazing… thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh wow I really must try this! I have a lot of favourite breakfast yummies but right now it’s cinnamon wholemeal pancakes with with peanut or hazelnut butter and banana (with a bit of cinnamon on top for good measure). My mum made me some last month and I liked them so much she’s given me a stockpile of the pancakes!

  28. These look heavenly! Usually i eat toast or fruit of some sort for breakfast but if i had the inclination and carefree attitude i’d probably consume french toast every day, it’s definitely a favourite of mine

  29. cornbread waffles topped with a fried egg! although it might become carrot cake pancakes…

    thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  30. I love waffles ๐Ÿ™‚ I always get excited about staying in hotels just for the waffle maker, ha – it makes it so easy!

  31. I love oatmeal for breakfast, with condensed milk to add a bit of sweetness, nothing else. =) I especially love it cold!

  32. I tend to lean towards savory breakfasts, like quiche and eggs benedict, but a big stack of pancakes can definitely hit the spot too! These looks delicious and I love mascorpone cheese ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I know it’s boring but I think my favorite breakfast/brunch food is eggs. I love eggs any way I can get them. Scrambled, poached, hard boiled…for any meal.

  34. Yay for fall flavours and coziness! Can’t wait to start cooking and baking with all my fall favourites, which includes a lot of apples and cinnamon!

  35. OMG!!!! these pancakes look SOOOOO heavenly! <3 Carrot cake in pancake form with a generous dollop of vanilla mascaporne??? I WANT!

    Overnight oats for breakfast is my latest obsession and I just can't seem to get enough of it!

  36. How are your pancakes so perfectly golden brown? I could cozy up to a plate of these for breakfast, lunch, and dessert, with shots of vanilla mascarpone in between. And I have been so excited for Steph’s new cookbook; looking to add it to my collection along with yours.

  37. Lovely pancakes! I will try them during the weekend. As an Italian, during weekdays I like something fat and sweet, like cornetto or biscotti ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. I have to pick a favourite? I love pretty much every breakfast food going, at any time of day. I’m currently on an oatmeal kick, mainly because it’s an easy weekday option, but it’s pretty hard to go past good french toast with bacon and maple syrup when I’ve got time – a perfect mix of sweet and savoury, soft and crunchy.

  39. I love breakfast foods, definitely one of the main reasons I get up in the morning! I love granola with loads of fresh fruit and yoghurt, or it has to be pancakes for me. One of my favourite cakes is carrot cake so these pancakes sound amazing!

  40. I love pancakes and these look so good! I have never tried carrot pancakes; will have to rectify that.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  41. favourite breakfast/brunch food has to be mashed avocado on sourdough with cottage cheese and a smidgeon of vegemite, or cinnamon french toast with caramelised banana… I can only dream, I don’t have these options at my uni halls ๐Ÿ™

  42. I go through phases with my breakfasts! I like smoothies sometimes, oats sometimes, but my all time favorite has to be protein pancakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Agreed… breakfast at all times of the day! My personal breakfast favorite it cinnamon sugar toast, but for brunch I can never get sick of huevos rancheros!

  44. Toast is my favorite with butter and a HOT cup of coffee. No wait I love it when my husband cooks me pancakes, that is my favorite weekend breakfast. Yum.

  45. your pancakes look stunning! I’ve never seen prettier ones ๐Ÿ™‚

    For brunch I looooove croissants with salmon, ricotta, goats cream cheese, .. and I like veggie scrambled eggs ๐Ÿ™‚
    For simple breakfasts, banana peanut butter toast is divine, or some yoghurt with honey/maple syrup <3 I especially love goats or sheeps milk yoghurt!

  46. I love your breakfast ideas they all came out gorgeously thannnnnks Izy ๐Ÿ™‚ Yor book just delivered to my home and I love it so much ๐Ÿ˜€ Can’t wait for your second book!

  47. I love anything breakfast but baked goods are my favorite. I love scones, cinnamon rolls, pancakes…you get the idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. waffles simply are my all-time favourite ๐Ÿ˜€ I love adding different kind of creations into these cute little waffles ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. My favorite brunch is Eggs Benedict with salmon! Could have again and again every single day….yum!

  50. Favorite breakfast: breakfast sandwich and a bite of someone else’s waffles or french toast to end with ๐Ÿ˜‰

  51. I’m with ya–I could do breakfast at any hour of the day. Hands down favorite is a sweet and savory combo like waffles and bacon, or waffles and chicken. The sugar/salt duos always win out in my book. P.s. Congrats on your book–I pre-ordered my copy and can’t wait till it comes!

  52. I just had the most amazing breakfast burrito at brunch yesterday, so with that on my mind, I answer breakfast burrito!!

  53. I love a simple boiled egg and soldiers – obviously with the salt and pepper to hand! ALTHOUGH I was recently introduced to Kedgeree and can see that being a fantastic brunch/lunch feast! Porridge is my standard best breakfast. … best time of the day!

  54. My favorite breakfast is a creamy warm oatmeal with apricot jam, definitely a must during the cold winter months! I also really like switching the jam for sliced banana and peanut butter, yum..

  55. I love a good old fashioned Singaporean breakfast! Toast slathered with kaya (coconut jam), hard boiled eggs and a hot cuppa milo…(I’m already drooling) Simple but oh so scrumpalicious!

  56. Love these photos! They make me want to redo the weekend starting with Saturday morning breakfast! And obviously pancakes because..well..maple syrup.

  57. If I’m hitting brunch, I want everything. I want pancakes with fruit or French Toast and I want eggs of some sort. Probably some smoked salmon too. Annnnnndddd a drink (or ten, and green juice too)

  58. Your photographs are so flippin’ gorgeous and inspiring and the number one reason that I’ve requested your book for my birthday. Number two is for the food because, I mean. Yeah.

  59. Those pancakes look awesome! My ideal breakfast/brunch would probably be brioche french toast with maple syrup and lots of fruit, with the person next to me having a full Scottish breakfast so I can steal some haggis/black pudding/mushrooms/bacon from them.

  60. love this. breakfast for me is usually some of my homemade sourdough bread topped with avocado and a fried egg, or your gluten free pumpkin pancakes with plain greek yogurt. but my favorite breakfast has to be scones ๐Ÿ™‚ or croissants.
    anything with sugar. i’m not choosy!

  61. I am a lover of breakfast in general… I could honestly eat it at any time of day. Pancakes are probably my fav, if I had to choose!

  62. Can I just tell you what you already know…your photos are GORGEOUS!!
    (just found your blog and CAN’T STOP)
    And I think I could eat avocado toast everyday for breakfast for the rest of my life and be happy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Congratulations on your book!

  63. pancakes at midday are mandatory in my book! That’s definitely the best time to eat them. These look amazing! Vanilla mascarpone cream sounds like heaven ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  64. I’ve been having so many different pancakes for ‘breakfast’ (yes, meaning lunch) but not these carrot cake ones. They sound delightful!

  65. Breakfast is my absolute favourite part of the day. I would happily skip dinner but missing breakfast makes me cranky. actually… why skip dinner when you can just have breakfast FOR dinner?! xx

  66. I am a big fan of eating cake for breakfast. This idea id brilliant, I’m pinning it on my list of breakfasts to prepare ๐Ÿ˜€

  67. I usually have some oats&fruit or banana cinnamon pancakes! But more often than not when I wake up late I prefer some toast with avocado and cherry tomatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. So since these have carrots they’re a healthy breakfast, right? Delicious and healthy.. that is right up my alley. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. I absolutely love pancakes for brunch as well! Especially with a bunch of fresh fruit, homemade whipped cream, and maple syrup!

  70. I’m an oatmeal girl, when it comes to breakfast (I only wish I had the time for something like pancakes or waffles!) .

  71. I’m an oatmeal girl, when it comes to breakfast (I only wish I had the time for something like pancakes or waffles!) .

  72. A better question is, what don’t I like for breakfast or brunch?
    Smoked salmon (lox) never hurts though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  73. Those look yum – probably shouldn’t have read this just before breakfast, now all I want is pancakes ๐Ÿ™ I’m an absolute porridge fiend, with TONS of honey, fruit, and some raw cacao all up in there. Yummo!

  74. My favourite breakfast food is either bacon stuffed waffles or avocado toast. Always.

    & this book is so totally on my xmas list.

  75. YUM! What a brilliant idea to combine the brilliance that is carrot cake with breakfast. My favourite breakfast food has got to be granola. Knowing that there is fresh granola gets me bounding out of bed like nothing else.

  76. I eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning and my favorite combination is banana, dried cranberries, walnuts, chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, cooked quinoa and a heavy drizzle of honey!
    We make breakfast for dinner quite often, happens to be my kids’ favorite meal. Our usual is homemade pancakes, waffles or French toast (made with Challah bread…its the best).
    I love carrot cake, definitely have to give these cakes a try!

  77. This is going to get buried but I LOL’ed when I saw that 4/15 of your food is of a breakfasty nature…partly because it’s so true, partly because 4/15 is an awfully specific fraction there. ๐Ÿ˜€ As a pancake addict, I can say that I am now craving those pancakes. The cookbook looks fab too, love her blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. These pancakes make me want to call in sick to work and make breakfast food all day. Hoping they combine my love of pancakes and carrot cake, as I expect them to!

  79. I’m with you! Cosy and warm food can be enjoyed at any hour of the day. Actually I LOVE eating pancakes in the afternoon! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Lovely photos!!!

  80. Oh my, these sound delicious! I’m on a dairy-free month but I’ll had a go at these after it! or, maybe I’ll try them, impatiently sooner, with coconut cream in place of sour creamโ€ฆ…Yum, they look like a perfect brunch, there’s something rather indulgent about pancakes in the middle of the day.
    Favourite breakfast? Hmm, big fat blueberry pancakes drizzled generously with honey and dolloped with creme fraiche would have to be mine.

  81. Ahhh Izy these pancakes, your photos… swoon!!! I am also an 80% breakfast eater, i want cereal or waffles or pancakes OFTEN. breakfast for dinner is pretty much my dream… or a really good granola crispy and fresh with cold milk… i LIVED off of cereal alone in college. xo

  82. Carrot cake pancakes with vanilla mascarpone whipped cream! Oh my! Yes it does sound like a lovely fallish dish.

  83. A good ol’ smoothie and french toast often satisfy my breakfast cravings – though it doesn’t happen vert often! Thanks for sharing your pancake recipe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  84. My favourite brunch or breakfast food is half a toasted bagel, topped with some finely sliced avocado, sprinkled with fleur de sel, topped with a poached egg, sprinkled with chilli flakes. And cherry tomato halved, and confites in the oven with salt, pepper and olive oil. YUM!

  85. Goodness, to pick just one… shakshuka. I love eggs-almost-anything, but shakshuka is my favourite.

  86. I love breakfast sandwiches of all kinds… especially fusion-y ones, or ones with unique types of breads (biscuits / bagels / savory scones). So many ways to get creative!

    PS – I am so excited to purchase your book!

  87. I don’t usually eat breakfast other than coffee. When I do, however, I love avocado toast.. Or last night’s cold leftovers!

  88. i can SMELL those pancakes through those gorg photos *swoon* … nothing is better than a simple weekend breakfast of soft boiled or poached eggs (in a cute egg cup, naturally) at 11 am, pajama-clad, coffee steaming hot and a plate filled with far too many pieces of toast

  89. Nothing beats some stellar avocado toast or puffy pancakes… but on a regular school day I’ve been making this spinach cantaloupe mango smoothie that is SUPER

  90. Hi, Izy!! YIes, I know the contest is over… I just came again to your site to watch these wafflers again!!

    A big hug from Spain,
    Marta (“Sweet & Home/La Vida es Dulce”)

  91. What a wonderful way to eat carrot cake without feeling guilty about eating carrot cake. Love!!

  92. I totally agree with you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I used to be a “morning person” before I had my son, but now the best thing in the World is to wake up and make something good and tasty for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a nice weekend!

    Trine –

  93. Viva la pancake! We love pancakes in our nest and make them about four times a week. Carrot is usually one of the main ingredients as my kiddos don’t eat them so I blend them all. I don’t bother with grating too much precious time in the morning…just throw whatever vegie I have available and blend away with the rest of the yummy ingredients. Happy Nesting!

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