Authentic German Pancake Recipe- Eierkuchen Goldgelb

Today was a good day to pull out the Authentic German Pancake Recipe. You see, I wake up every morning with lists of ‘what do I have to do today’ running through my head. After closing my eyes again (in complete denial that morning has actually come), I stretch, and get out of bed chanting my mantra…. “I can do this, I can do this”. I try to get everyone started with a full stomach, so we have enough energy to get through it all.

authentic german pancake recipe

Eierkuchen, German Pancakes are just the ticket. They can be filled with any number of fillings- berry sauce,  fruit, jam, Nutella, or even sugar. They are more a crepe than a traditional American pancake, and oh so delicious.

I grew up on these. Mom made them for us, so did my Oma, and now I make them for my kids and their friends. They really are a hit at sleepovers!

We all use the same basic recipe, a pinch of this, a little of that, but since “eyeball it”  doesn’t work well in a recipe, I will share the one you find in the Dr. Oetker cookbook. Dr.Oetker is the Betty Crocker of Germany. His name is on loads of Cookbooks and cooking products. His School Cook Book (SchulKochBuch) is indispensable in my house. I’ve converted the ingredients from metric to make it easier for you to make.

authentic german pancake recipe

All you need is a blender (or food processor), a frying pan, and a spatula.

Add sugar if you are making pancakes with a sweet filling. If you prefer savory, leave the sugar out.

Authentic German Pancake Recipe

Authentic German Pancake Recipe- Eierkuchen Goldgelb

5 from 1 vote
Servings 6 -8 pancakes


  • 1 3/4 cup 250g Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 cups 1/2 liter Milk
  • 1 tbl Sugar
  • canola oil or butter for frying


  • In a blender, combine flour, eggs, milk, and a spoonful of sugar. Blend until fully combined.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Now... here's where you make a decision.... if you feel really confident in your flipping ability.. use a large frying pan. If... like me... you tend to make a mess of things when you make them too big... get a smaller one.
  • Heat tablespoon of oil or butter in small nonstick frying pan. Pour about a half a cup, or more, of batter into the hot pan. Pick it up and swirl it around a bit to spread it out. You can add more. (I find 1/2 a cup works) Fill the bottom of the pan... should go about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick (don't get your rulers out.. eyeball it)
  • When bubbles start forming, peek under a corner (I know, I know, there are no corners on a round pancake! that was just a test) Peek underneath. If it's starting to get golden, flip it.
  • Let other side cook a while, peek occasionally. When golden, put it on a plate in front of a hungry child... or put it on a plate in a warm oven
  • Repeat until batter all gone. (you'll need to add butter or oil to the pan between every one or two pancakes... it's ok... tomorrow you'll be back to your fiber cereal)
  • Keep in mind, the first pancake generally doesn't work. Don't know why. Don't fret. Take it out back, throw it like a frisbee to the dog. He'll be happy.
  • Serve the pancakes with jam, fruit fillings, NUTELLA!! or sugar

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Topping Your German Pancakes

Be Creative

german pancakes recipe

When we make pancakes, I put a load of different toppings on the table and let everyone chose what they want to put on. My youngest likes to put on everything!!! Fruit, jam, sugar, and most of all whipped cream!

Berry Sauce
-Jam or Preserves
-Fresh strawberries, blueberries, ANY berries!
Sauteed Apples with cinnamon
-NUTELLA (this is a favorite)
-Powdered Sugar
-granulated sugar
-whipped cream

Apple Pancake Variation – Apfelpfannekuchen

On special occasions (like when she had a little more time) my mother would make Apfelpfannekuchen, or German Apple Pancakes. Find that recipe HERE–>German Apple Pancake Recipe

German Pancakes can also be topped with Savory fillings.

This makes a nice dinner or lunch, and a great way to get rid of leftovers.

German pancakes recipe

In Ulm we went to a Pancake Restaurant… EVERYTHING came in or on a Pancake!

german pancakes recipe

The Allgauerhof in the Fischerviertel of Ulm serves Pfannekuchen all day long!

The Speckpfannekuchen were delicious. Bits of Speck (lean bacon) were fried into the batter.

german pancake recipe



Try them with:
Spaghetti Sauce
Beef Stroganoff (instead of noodles)
Sauteed Mushrooms
Sloppy Joe meat

And of course, my kids all firmly believe that ANYTHING tastes better with melted cheese on it.

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29 thoughts on “Authentic German Pancake Recipe- Eierkuchen Goldgelb

  1. My Oma used to cut them in strips and put them in a clear broth to make flaedle suppe.

  2. My mom cut some of the left overs into strips and made soup. I loved it!!!

  3. Grew up eating these with sugar, applesauce or stewed blueberries. Recipe sounds right. You can beat the ingredients together with a whisk.

    1. True… I just find that it’s easier with a blender
      (Maybe I’m just lazy?)

  4. My Oma used to make them all the time and shed make a meat+gravy concoction and fill the left over ones with it!

    1. yum! People really underestimate Eierkuchen… they can make any leftovers spread to fill a family!

  5. I am a very senior German girl and always thought these pancakes where made only by my grandma(my cousins and I always called them “grandma pancakes”). No one ever had a recipe; it was just eggs, flour, milk, and a pinch of salt. We ate them with sweetened fruit, jam, sugar, syrup, or whatever made us happy. They are the only pancakes i eat1

  6. Try for dinner-one stuffed with creamed spinach & one stuffed with lingonberry jam for dessert 😋

  7. Has any of you tried separating the egg whites from the yolk before mixing it into the batter, then using a mixer to blend the whites until you can stick a knife through it and it come out clean, then mixing it into your already mixed ingredients? (Yes, you add the yolk into the already mixed ingredients).
    Try that with your recipe next time you make it if you haven’t before. It’s amazing.

    1. Doesn’t that make them fluffier? Sort of like a Japanese Pancake? I will try

  8. Try these pancakes rolled with salad in the middle. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. It was a favorite at our house. Just plain head lettuce tossed with Italian dressing.

  9. I grew up on Eierkuchen and make them for my family too. They love them more than American pancakes. My first pancake never comes out either, but the dogs love it 🙂

    1. My doggie always waits patiently for the first pancake fail

  10. I just asked my mom how to make these a few days ago!! I love these with applesauce!!

  11. Lovely Oma memories! Great recipe with a bit of vanilla extract and 1/2 & 1/2 instead of milk. Sometimes i add lemon zest in the batter or use orange zest mixed in butter with a little honey as a light Eierkuchen topping.
    ♡ Debi

    1. OhhhH! That sounds delicious! I will give it a try next time! I do love the zing you get from lemon zest

  12. 5 stars
    Oh, yes. My mother never showed me how to make these! Loved them with just sugar and a little extra butter!!

  13. Yes! This is the way my Oma made them! They are thick and fluffy but also a little dense. You can only eat one or two. We love it with syrup, canned fruit, jam or applesauce, whatever is handy. I thought we were the only ones who made it this way!

    1. I grew up wondering how people could eat STACKS of pancakes… One, maybe two, delicious Eierkuchen would always be enough here.

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