Chocolate Dutch Baby

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I think you should treat your sweetheart to a special breakfast in bed. Get out the breakfast tray, fine China, and make this Chocolate Dutch Baby. Oh-and don’t forget the fresh flowers and card. Ok, I know we are all busy, so if you don’t have time in the morning to serve breakfast in bed, I understand. It would be nice though, huh? You can still make this Chocolate Dutch Baby, even if your mornings are rushed because it only takes 25 minutes to make, from start to finish!

If you haven’t made a Dutch baby pancake before, don’t be intimidated. I promise, it is super easy. You mix the ingredients together in a blender and pour the batter into a buttered cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet you can use a round cake pan. The pancake puffs up in the oven creating a fancy shmancy pancake. The chocolate aroma is sure to wake-up anyone that is sleeping in the house.

We dusted the Chocolate Dutch Baby with powdered sugar and topped it with sliced strawberries. This chocolate pancake doesn’t even need syrup, it is sweet enough on it’s own. It tastes similar to a piece of chocolate cake. A pancake that tastes like chocolate cake-I know, amazing, right? And it’s a pancake, so it perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast.

If you make this Chocolate Dutch Baby for your sweetheart, family, or friends they will for sure be bragging about their Valentine’s Day breakfast all day long. Chocolate for breakfast is never a bad idea, especially on Valentine’s Day. And if you do have time to serve your sweetie breakfast in bed, do it. You will get double bonus points!

Chocolate Dutch Baby

Chocolate Dutch Baby pancake mixed in the blender and baked in the oven. This easy puffy, chocolate baked pancake is the perfect breakfast for Valentine's Day.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting
  • Strawberries for serving, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a blender, combine milk, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and granulated sugar. Blend until well combined, about 1 minute.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, we used a 10 inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Pour batter into skillet and immediately transfer to oven. Bake until puffed and set, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately with strawberries, if desired.
  • Note-if you don't have a cast-iron skillet, you can use a round cake pan.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Hey lady! And Josh. Why didn’t I think of this? Two
    Of my favorite things–eggie custard and chocolate–all baked in together! I still need to get my man a card, thank you for the reminder, and Smudge will love this before she heads off for school. Boom! V-day planning is done. Happy hearts to you and Josh. XO

  2. This looks so good! And I love that big cast iron skillet. My grandma had so many like that and now…who knows where they are but I wish I had them!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Mmm, chocolate for breakfast! Sign me up! I’ve never tried a dutch baby before. It looks so fudgy and delicious! Is it pretty ‘brownie’-like?

  4. Ah a pancake that looks AND tastes like chocolate cake? Definitely my kind of breakfast! I love the rustic-ness of the skillet – so pretty.

  5. I am thinking that making it for a pre-Valentine’s day trial run would be a great idea this morning. It looks absolutely fantastic!

  6. A pancake that tastes like chocolate cake? I’m sold. Totally bookmarking this for pancake day in a couple of weeks.

  7. I just love Valentine’s Day. It’s such an easy holiday that is an excuse to over do it and gush on the people you love. Breakfast in bed is the best way to overdo it!

  8. This looks so good! Do you think if I leave the recipe on the counter my husband will get the hint and make this for me for breakfast in the bed tomorrow morning? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am eager to try this!

  9. So very, very pretty Maria! I know it has to taste out of this world delicious, too. Have a great Monday!!!

  10. I LOVE dutch babies – but I’ve never seen a chocolate one! This sounds divine! You’re right – this would be PERFECT for valentines day!

  11. Definitely giving this a try for our meal tomorrow (yes I’m still deciding on what to make.) My husband will LOVE it!

  12. What a beautiful pancakes! I am in need for breakfast this morning and I’m thinking this pancake would be fabulous!!!!

  13. I love Dutch babies, but no one else in my family really eats them. Usually breakfast is just my son and I (and daughter but she doesn’t eat yet) so I don’t get a chance to make these often. But he loves chocolate so this may just work! Then I won’t have to eat a whole Dutch baby myself!

  14. What a lovely Valentine’s Day dessert! I can definitely see enjoying this with my husband not only tomorrow but for all of life’s little occasions. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Dutch baby pancakes have always been my favorite! My dad used to take me to a local pancake house for breakfast and I always ordered the dutch baby. I love your chocolate version!

  16. What a great idea! I’ve been having dutch babies since I was a kid, but I’d never thought of making a chocolate one. Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Evan and I were just talking about what special breakfast we should cook up for V-day. This just might be the winner!!

  18. I have never had a chocolate Dutch Baby before, but I must admit – it’s looks pretty amazing!

  19. A special breakfast is definitely in order! I have been wanting to make Dutch Babies and I think it’s time to try it!

  20. I really want to make this tonight for supper for my family but I need help. What size pan did you use??? I have 12 and 8 inch cast iron skillet and a 5 quart cast iron dutch oven. I want to use the right size. I know my girls will love this. Thank you for you help.

    1. I used a 10 inch cast iron skillet…so go with your 8 inch. It might puff up a bit more, but that is ok:) Enjoy!

  21. I made this today for my husband for breakfast and we loved it! I thought it was too bitter but then I realized I accidentally doubled the cocoa powder (when I did it, I did think that a 1/2 cup of cocoa powder was an awful lot!), so it would probably be far better as it is supposed to be! It was still delicious!

  22. Maria, is that an 8″ cast iron skillet? I think the recipe just calls for a “large” one. I think mine is 12″, so I will need to use a round cake pan, I suppose.

  23. Wow! I can only imagine how delicious it must be. I love a good dutch baby. My favorite is the texture – a combination of a custard and a pancake. Yum:) Of course, adding chocolate is brilliant. And you’re right; this impressive breakfast takes no time at all!

  24. I’ve been making dutch babies for years (at least 15+) and have never thought to do this variation. I made it for my kids today after a friend emailed it. What a fun treat! You could also cook the strawberries into it or bananas. Thanks for sharing!

  25. I am EAGERLY awaiting the arrival of my new Lodge Cast Iron Pan and I’m totally making this once I get it. YUM!

  26. This is a great idea and clever take on breakfast in bed! An easy pancake recipe that perfectly adds color to any morning.

  27. We made this this morning for Pancake Day and really enjoyed it! It tasted like hot chocolate, which gave us the idea of adding a bit of cinnamon next time to imitate the flavor of Mexican hot chocolate. Thanks for the fun recipe!

  28. Ahhhh this looks amaaaaaaazing! I can’t believe I missed this until now! I’ve actually never heard of a Dutch baby, but I know I would like it. And Matt would have LOVED this. I’ll have to make this for him when I get back home.

  29. made this today and i love it – so easy & tasty ! used a star shaped baking tin and decorated it with sprinkles & icing sugar, i used whole wheat flour & cream instead of milk, the texture was the same. thank for the recipe maria ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. My freshman year of college my friend from across the hall made a dutch baby for me for the first time and man was I hooked. They are so light but still rich, sweet but not too sweet. They are just perfect. I couldn’t imagine them getting any better, but chocolate!? I cannot think of something more worth getting out of bed in the morning.

  31. I just made this and it is delicious. I topped it with sliced bananas, homemade strawberry sauce, and whipped cream. Next time I think I would try it topped with just sliced strawberries or even plain with powdered sugar to be able to taste the chocolate flavor more. I loved the texture– creamy center, and slightly crunchy, buttery edges. As far as how many people it serves, I ate half and was satisfied. I think that my husband would probably eat the whole thing. Thank you– I loved this idea and it was very good

  32. Just made this for my kids for Valentine’s breakfast- it was a huge hit! Beautiful- and yummy- breakfast treat! I made it in a heart-shaped tart pan- it was lovely! I used half “special dark” cocoa- made it very dark and rich!

  33. 5 stars
    Wow this was delicious! I loved the taste and texture…thank you for sharing this one. I’ll be making it again and again!

  34. Made as directed and it is delicious. My wife makes a cinnamon whip cream which was my favorite topping for sure. When we make it again, might add a little coffee to highlight the chocolate.