27 Delicious Pancake Facts We Bet You Didn't Know Before!

Sridevi Tolety
Jan 23, 2023 By Sridevi Tolety
Originally Published on Mar 13, 2022
Edited by Erin Murton
Fact-checked by Shreya Yadav
Pancakes were known to be made from honey

A pancake is a flat cake, often thin and round, and often eaten as a tasty treat.

There are various pancake desserts made with a variety of different ingredients and materials. These desserts can be unique to the flavours and cultures of their country. 

From Gulab Jamun in India to cakes in America, every country has its unique specialty with textures, flavors, ingredients, and toppings. People indulge in eating pancakes on Mardi Gras! Read more and dive into the world of pancakes!

The History Of Pancakes

In Mesopotamia and Ancient India, sweets were fed to the gods as offerings. The most common sweeteners at that time were honey and dried fruit. The development of desserts and the experimentation of desserts with different flavors began with the globalization of the sugarcane plane.

Some experts believe that people were enjoying pancakes even during the Stone Age, which began around 2.6 million years ago!

Pancakes were known to be made from honey, olive oil, flour, and milk in ancient Rome and Greece, and were often enjoyed with maple syrup.

Magnes and Cratinus were ancient poets who even included pancakes in their poems!

People used to make pancakes to use up ingredients that might go bad, such as milk and eggs, creating huge stacks of pancakes. This was to prevent wastage.

The word pancake first appeared in the 15th century.

America standardized the word pancake in the 19th century.

Cornmeal and buckwheat were the main ingredients used in pancakes by settlers in America.

Regional Varieties

There are a lot of varieties of desserts found throughout the world. These desserts have differences in textures, appearances, and tastes. They tend to be sweet and are usually eaten after the main meal. Many different types of pancake recipe exist, with a vast variety of toppings and fillings, including ingredients such as fresh fruits and chocolate.

Pancakes are known by different names in different countries.

Pikelets are Australian pancakes and are known to be stuffed with tasty fillings.

Boûkète are Belgium pancakes and are usually made with buckwheat flour.

Bing is a Chinese pancake and is made from wheat, making the pancake chewy in texture.

People in the United Kingdom also make and eat pancakes. However, they are thinner than their American counterparts.

Another type of pancake is crêpes from France, which can be savory or sweet.

Tiganites are pancakes from Greece and are enjoyed by the people living there.

Pönnukaka are pancakes from Iceland. They are thin and cooked in a special frying pan.

Pancake Syndrome

Have you every heard of pancake syndrome? It is a strange and rare illness that people can get after eating flour, one of the major ingredients in pancakes, and is most commonly seen as a reaction in someone who has eaten a pancake.

Some people fell sick after eating pancakes made from contaminated wheat or flour; hence the disease got its name.

Pancake syndrome is also known as oral mite anaphylaxis.

You get this disease due to mites, which sometimes live in flour, after eating certain types of food.

Anyone from anywhere can get pancake syndrome if they eat contaminated food.

Cough, wheezing, and wheals are some of the common symptoms of pancake syndrome.

You can avoid pancake syndrome by storing flour at lower temperatures and keeping it out of damp areas.

The most common sweeteners at that time

Pancake Day

Pancake day is a festival celebrated in a number of English speaking countries around the world, including the UK, the USA, Australia and Canada.

Shrove Tuesday is another name for International Pancake Day (It is also a Jewish holiday).

People enjoy pancake day by making a huge feast and enjoying it with family!

It usually happens exactly 47 days before the celebration of Easter, and the day before lent begins, which is a time of fasting for Christians!

On Pancake Day, it is estimated that around 52 million eggs are used.

Flour, eggs, and milk are the only three ingredients required to make a pancake, but you can also make potato pancakes.

A pancake made with 24-carat gold is the most expensive pancake!


Who invented the pancake?

It is found through research that the Greeks may have invented pancakes in 600 BC.

Why is it called a pancake?

The exact origin of the word pancake is unknown, but the word first appeared in 15th century English document. It is a cake made in a frying pan.

What country are pancakes from?

It is said that modern pancakes, as we know them today, originated in Brittany in the north of France.

What is the largest pancake ever made?

The largest giant pancake ever made was one inch (2.54 cm) thick and 49 feet (15 m) making it a Guinness world record! 

When was the first pancake race?

The first pancake race started in the year 1445 in a little town in Buckinghamshire, England.

Is Pancake Day a British thing?

Pancake Day is celebrated in many English-speaking countries in the world like Canada, Ireland, England and Ireland.

What is the tradition of Pancake Day?

On Pancake Day, traditionally, families would arrange a large feast stacks of pancakes.

What is the highest pancake flip?

The biggest pancake flip is known to be about 31 feet (9.4 m) and one inch (2.54 cm) making it a Guinness world record!

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Written by Sridevi Tolety

Bachelor of Science specializing in Botany, Master of Science specializing in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs

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Sridevi ToletyBachelor of Science specializing in Botany, Master of Science specializing in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs

With a Master's degree in clinical research from Manipal University and a PG Diploma in journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sridevi has cultivated her passion for writing across various domains. She has authored a wide range of articles, blogs, travelogues, creative content, and short stories that have been published in leading magazines, newspapers, and websites. Sridevi is fluent in four languages and enjoys spending her spare time with loved ones. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, painting, and listening to music.

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