Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes being stacked on a plate with a spatula

Many weekend mornings when we were little my grandpa would make us pancakes.  But these were not just ordinary pancakes.  He was a pancake artist, making them into different shapes.  Mostly cars or animals or Mickey Mouse ears.  I just about thought this was the coolest thing in the world when I was 6 and honestly, I still do.

Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes on a plate with a bite taken out. Cinnamon Roll syrup on the side.

I also have this vivid memory of my sister and I sitting at the table gobbling down our pancakes and here comes our grandpa with a plate for our grandma with pancakes shaped in the letters: I L-O-V-E Y-O-U.  I’m pretty sure that he thought we weren’t paying much attention to this at the time, but even if he thought we were that wouldn’t have made a difference.  My grandparents are perfect examples of the way partners should treat each other even after they’ve been together for 40, 50, and 60+ years.  Like they are newly in love and they do little things each and every day to show that.

Cinnamon Roll syrup being poured on top of a stack of Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes.

So I guess what I’m getting at here is pancakes feel like love to me.  They bring back all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings of love and it just so happens that they are one of my husband’s favorite breakfasts.  But I didn’t want to just make pancakes.  I found a recipe for “Sour Milk Griddlecakes” in my vintage cookbook and tweaked the recipe a bit to create the most fluffy, melt in you mouth griddlecakes around.  I also made a homemade syrup which tastes exactly like cinnamon rolls.  Seriously.  Put away that store bought maple syrup and make this.  It is divine.

Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes with Cinnamon Roll Syrup on a plate being eaten with a fork

So without further ado I present to you Baker Bettie’s Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes with Cinnamon Roll Syrup

Cinnamon Roll syrup being poured on top of a stack of Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes.

Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes with Cinnamon Roll Syrup


For the Griddlecakes

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (you can also use light. I prefer the taste of dark brown)
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (you can substitute all-purpose flour here but reduce the amount to 2 1/4 cups. The cakes won’t be quite as light and fluffy)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the Cinnamon Roll Syrup

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (you can also use soured milk. Mix 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar into the milk and let sit for 5 min)
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


For the Griddlecakes

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the dark brown sugar, cake flour, salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until fluffy. Beat into the eggs the buttermilk, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix until combined. The batter will be lumpy. Do not over mix to a smooth consistency.
  4. Let the batter sit for at least an hour and up to overnight covered with a clean towel or loosely with plastic wrap. If you let the batter rest for more than an hour you can move it to the refrigerator.(If making the syrup, prepare it before frying the cakes)
  5. When ready to fry the griddlecakes, blend into the batter the baking powder and let sit for 5 more minutes.
  6. Fry the cakes on a lightly greased and very hot griddle. When bubbles appear on the surface of the cakes, flip them before the bubbles burst. This will give you light and fluffy cakes.

For the Syrup

  1. Combine butter, brown sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, cinnamon, and corn syrup in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, mix in baking soda and cook for 10 seconds. Remove from heat.
  2. Make the syrup before the pancakes and let it cool slightly so it will thicken up a bit. This syrup will not get as thick as regular maple syrup.


Old Fashioned Sour Milk Griddlecakes adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook 1957 publication