Lemon-lime soda turns pancakes into fluffy breakfast cupcakes

Photo: Kevin Pang. Graphic: Natalie Peeples
Photo: Kevin Pang. Graphic: Natalie Peeples

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I was never what you’d call a breakfast traditionalist. Sweets for breakfast, even to kickstart the day with a hit of sugar, never quite tasted right. I was the only kid in class who didn’t enjoy cereal, pancakes, or waffles. My philosophy was that breakfast should be savory, and preferably use animal ingredients: bacon, sausage, eggs. Also, and this is no joke, my LDL cholesterol at age 10 was a horrifying 250.

I’ve since cut back on the cured meats, I thank God for statins, and I’ve come around on pancakes and waffles, mostly because I enjoy making them for my 18-month-old kid. My wife and I avoid the prepackaged pancake mix, as it’s rather easy and satisfying to make pancakes from scratch. But rather than using buttermilk, our household opts for using a liquid that was popular for pancakes in the 1950s: lemon-lime soda, which adds a cupcake quality to the pancake flavor. Start to finish, these take 15 minutes to make.

Lemon-Lime Soda Pancakes

Makes eight

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup lemon-lime soda

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt (optional for fancy folks: add the zest of one lime). In a separate, smaller bowl, beat one egg then mix in the oil and soda.

Fold the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients to create a smooth, thick batter, making sure not to over-mix.


Add a tablespoon of butter to a wide skillet over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup of pancake batter into the hot pan for each pancake. Once tiny bubbles form on their surface, after a minute or so, check the underside with a spatula. Once it’s golden brown, flip it in one swift motion.

Cook until the other side is golden brown as well, then serve immediately with butter and maple syrup.



Man, it’s a sad day to see the AV Club in the pocket of Big Soda, so soon after selling out to Big Bacon.

Is there any special quality to “lemon lime soda” as opposed to other sodas? Would club soda work?