Serving Popeye Pancakes with bananas and syrup
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Popeye Pancakes Recipe With A Secret Trick

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Today I’m sharing my Popeye Pancakes recipe and our family secret trick when we make these. When my girls were younger I always made these in a 9 by 13-inch cake pan.

Here’s the deal, when this recipe first came out in our neighborhood about 40 years ago, it was made in a cake pan. Well, I made it that way for years.

Then when my grandkids came along I wanted all of them to get a “muscle.”

This recipe fluffs up and has what we call muscles throughout the cake pan. Well, the muscles would soon disappear as the pancakes would cool down.

Popeye Pancakes

Popeye Pancakes Secret Trick

So, several years ago, I thought I would see if I could make these in a muffin tin so each child would get a muscle. Of course, the grandkids loved it. Now, this is the only way I make them.

This is our little secret when we make this awesome breakfast.

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Step One

Assemble the four ingredients: milk, flour, melted butter, and eggs. A blender works the best because we need the batter to be really whipped up and fluffy.

Using the blender with eggs, milk and flour

Step Two

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease the cake pan or muffin tin, whichever one you want to use. Today, I used my muffin tin. Pour the batter into the cake pan or muffin tin as shown.

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It’s similar to a pancake mix, but not quite the same.

Pouring the batter in the muffin tins

Step Three

Place your pan in the oven and bake your Popeye pancakes at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. You will love the muscles that pop up, I promise. My grandkids love watching through the oven glass door as they are baking.

Pulling the muffin tin out of the oven

Step Four

Place them on a plate to serve.

Serving Popeye Pancakes With Bananas

Step Five

You can serve these Popeye pancakes with butter, syrup, powdered sugar, cinnamon-sugar or jam.

Serving Popeye Pancakes with bananas and syrup

What can I serve with these?

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Sliced peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot cocoa
  • Milk
  • Chocolate milk
  • Sliced oranges
  • Orange juice
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Sausage links
  • Sausage patties
  • Avocado

How do I store the unused Popeye pancakes?

Please store them in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

How long can I store these in the refrigerator after baking them?

To be on the safe side, I would only store these for 3 days in the refrigerator because of the eggs and milk combination. When in doubt, throw it out is my motto.

Can I cook this recipe in cast iron?

Yes, you can. You will bake it at 425 degrees for 20 minutes if you use a 10-12 inch skillet. Grease the pan just like any pan you would use.

Popeye Pancakes Recipe

Popeye Pancakes by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9 by 13-inch cake pan or use a muffin tin like I did today. Add the ingredients into a blender and whip until very fluffy. Quickly add the egg mixture into the muffin tin or cake pan. It's all about the fluff right now. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with butter and syrup, powdered sugar, or cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy.

Final Word

Do you love to cook from scratch as much as I do? This Popeye Pancakes recipe is one you will want to print out.

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There is something awesome about cooking from scratch with family and friends.

We must teach our offspring to cook with ingredients in the pantry, freezer, and garden. May God bless this world, Linda

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  1. Those look yummy. I’ll have to try them. When the grands stay over, we make “magical” pancakes in the morning. Grandma cheats and uses pre-measured mix in a bottle. I mix it up per instructions. Then I split it into small bowls (one per child), the kids get to pick out what color they want and I add the appropriate food coloring to the mixes. I pour a bit on the griddle and sprinkle with the colored cookie sugar sprinkles they want, flip over when ready and add a sprinkle to the back side of the pancake.Voila, “magical ” pancakes. The grands “help” out and we always make enough for mom and dad to take home with them LOL

    1. Hi Kathy, oh my gosh, now I have to do the magical pancakes! I have all different colors of sprinkles, I love this idea!! Grandkids are so much fun! I cheat too on the pancake mix. When I have a big crew here (family) I use the Costco Krusteaz pancake mix, just add water. Life is easier when I just have to add water! Happy Saturday! Linda

      1. Linda, Yes the pre mix pancake is quick and easy to use. Don’t forget the food coloring too. I also find if I oil the cast iron griddle a bit it keeps the sugar sprinkles from sticking too much. I hope you have as much fun as I do making the magical pancakes.

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