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Chocolate and Cream Pancakes – Cornish Style

Three rolled chocolate, honey and cream pancakes on a plate.

Pancakes & Waffles, Pudding | 16th February 2010 | By

It’s Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, which is just a fancy way of saying Fat Tuesday. What could be more fattening than pancakes? Well chocolate and cream pancakes filled with 100% cacao, honey and clotted cream?

I have a block of Willie’s Venezuelan Black 100% cacao which has been lurking in the cupboard for some time now. I say lurking, because I’ve been feeling rather shame faced about my uncertainty as to what to do with it. However, on the train home this evening I had a bright idea – pancakes! Grating some of Willie’s cocoa into and on top of the pancakes would make a change to the traditional lemon and sugar. When I got home, CT reminded me that we had some clotted cream in the fridge – ooohhh.

Chocolate and Cream Cornish Style Pancakes

The pancakes are traditional style British pancakes, only they’re made with wholemeal spelt flour. I’ve only every made pancakes with wholemeal flour and they work splendidly.

Chocolate, Honey and Cream Pancake

So, CT made the wholemeal pancakes and I drizzled some honey over the top. I then grated on a wee bit of cacao and finished them off with a healthy dollop of organic Cornish Clotted Cream. All I then had to do was roll them up and grate on a bit more cocoa. Venezuelan Black meets Cornish White CT quipped as we wolfed them down.

Three rolled chocolate, honey and cream pancakes on a plate.

These chocolate and cream pancakes were a heavenly match of bitter black and creamy white. I hadn’t had Willie’s cocoa before and boy was it powerful. It says 100% on the packet and I believe it. A little goes a very long way, which is just as well as this is a gourmet product with a price to match.

Resting the Batter

You don’t have to rest the batter for 30 minutes before cooking, but it helps to stop the pancakes tearing or breaking up if you do. It allows the glutens to develop which hold the batter together.

Other Recipes Using Willie’s Cacao

Since writing this recipe, I’ve used Willie’s Cacao a number of times. I find it really handy to have a block in the cupboard ready to grate over dishes when a dusting of chocolate is called for.

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Three rolled chocolate, honey and cream pancakes on a plate.

Chocolate and Cream Pancakes – The Recipe

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Chocolate and Cream Pancakes

Black and white British style pancakes. Filled with Cornish honey, Venezuelan 100% cacao and Cornish clotted cream. Decadence on a plate.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cacao, clotted cream, honey, pancakes
Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 211kcal



  • 115 g (4oz) wholemeal spelt flour
  • pinch fine sea or rock salt
  • 2 eggs - medium to large
  • 240 ml (8 fl oz) milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • a little butter or oil for frying (optional)

Chocolate & Cream

  • 10 g 100% cacao - finely grated
  • 120 g clotted cream
  • 8 tsp honey


  • Sieve the flour and salt into a large bowl. Discard any extra large bits of bran left in the sieve if liked. Otherwise, throw them into the bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs.
  • Stir from the inside out, adding the milk as you go along until all of the flour is mixed in.
  • Add the oil and whisk thoroughly.
  • Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the oven on to its lowest setting and place a plate inside to warm up.
  • Warm an 18cm (7") frying pan on a medium heat (I set mine to 3 out of a possible 5).
  • Depending on how good a non-stick pan it is, you may or may not want to brush it with a little oil. I add a tiny peice of butter to mine.
  • Pour in 3-4 tablespoons of batter. You want just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Tilt the pan so the batter covers the bottom in a thin layer.
  • Cook for about three minutes, then turn the pancake over with a wide spatula and cook on the other side for a further 30 seconds.
  • Turn out onto the warm plate and put back in the oven. Alternativley you can serve it immediately and let the recipient put the toppings on.
  • Repeat the process until all the batter is used up, stacking the cooked pancakes on top of each other. You should get eight pancakes if you make them in a medium sized pan.
  • Drizzle a tsp of honey over each pancake, grate over a little cacao, then dollop with a heaped tsp of clotted cream. Eat as is or roll up and grate a little more cacao over the top.


You don't have to rest the batter for 30 minutes before cooking, but it helps to stop the pancakes tearing or breaking up if you do. It allows the glutens to develop which hold the batter together.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg


  1. Kath

    16th February 2010 at 8:26 pm

    A very nice way of eating your shrove pancake. Hard to beat I should say. I am a bit ambiguous about Willie’s chocolate. I have tried a few varieties now and I find them to be a bit grainy. Maybe it’s just me though. I feel bad not loving them as I feel I should.

  2. Choclette

    16th February 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Kath there’s enough worrying to do about chocolate without feeling bad about that. Like what you enjoy and be proud of it. What chocolate would you recommend?

  3. Lucie

    16th February 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I have not heard of Willie’s Cocoa, perfect way to use it. Looks yummy.

  4. e

    16th February 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Very nice blog…I came over from Mangocheeks after noticing a comment you made about having a librarian’s practised eye…

    Nice to meet another librarian!

  5. mangocheeks

    16th February 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Thats so funny Choclette.

    When I was in Edinburgh, I saw blocks of Willies cocoa and then saw the price. I was still going to get this gourmet product, but then decided against it – the reason like yours what was I going to with with it!?

    But pancakes, yeah what a great idea with clotted cream, even better.

  6. Kath

    17th February 2010 at 7:35 am

    Well I can tell you that I have eaten some chocolate in my time! I would love to say Vahlrona, but I can never (or should I say rarely) quite bring myself to spend that much money on a bar of chocolate. At the moment I tend to use Lindt 70% cocoa when I cook. Like you I have noticed that the quality of Green & Black’s has diminished a lot, but I didn’t realise the reasons for it until I read your post about it. Now I am worried about how obsessed I am with chocolate!! Worry, worry worry.

  7. Issy

    17th February 2010 at 8:15 am

    I’m in love!

  8. nic @ nipitinthebud

    17th February 2010 at 8:53 am

    just goes to show that the finest ingredients go a long way in the taste department. Like the kitchen team work too :o)

  9. Suelle

    17th February 2010 at 9:07 am

    I’d have been tempted to use cherry jam in those pancakes rather than lemon – I’m not convinced about lemon and chocolte together. It sounds a good use of Willie’s Cacao, while you’re looking for a recipe to make good use of it. I love this product, although I only buy it for celebratory occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. It’s far too expensive for everyday use, unless you restrict yourself to a sparing use of it. You should try some of his own recipes for it, as it’s not that easy to adapt other chocolate recipes to use it!

  10. Choclette

    17th February 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Lucie – he has a book which is on my wish list – I’ve heard lots of good things about it. He also had a tv series I believe all about his chocolate factory in Devon and his Chocolate plantation in Venezuela but as I don’t have a TV, I didn’t get to see it.

    e – good to hear from another librarian indeed. Hope to hear from you again.

    Mangocheeks – yes I ummed and ahhed over the chocolate when I saw it. The price is quite a hefty one – that’s part of the reason I’ve been rather scared to use it. I have heard others say that you can make several things with one block of chocolate

    Kath – You are one up on me, I still haven’t tried Vahlrona. I think I really ought to just take a deep breath and stick a bar in my basket next time I see it.

    Issy – with Willie?

    Nic – used to do a lot of team kitchen work, but the kitchen we have now is a galley kitchen with a very small galley and we have found it generally more harmonious to matrimonial relations if we only have one person in there at a time! With the odd exception of course.

    Suelle – you’re right, lemon, chocolate and clotted cream don’t sound an ideal combination, but strangely it seemed to work with the pancakes Yes I have got my eye on the cloud forest cake you have made. I’ve been tempted to get the book for ages and I can feel I’m getting nearer the point when I shall finally succumb..

  11. Chele

    18th February 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I missed out on pancake day this year owing to my college course ;0(
    Will be remembering this idea for next year though lol. Yum!

  12. Choclette

    18th February 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Chele – And there I was waiting to see what sort of pancakes you’d made!

  13. Cinnamon-Girl♥

    19th February 2010 at 12:59 am

    These sound so decadent with the chocolate and clotted cream! Heavenly!

  14. figjamandlimecordial

    19th February 2010 at 4:41 am

    Great idea! The gorgeous Zeb sent me two blocks of Willie’s cacao, and I still have one left…

  15. Hannah

    19th February 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog – I feel like I just discovered a second Christmas, having found a blog all about cooking with chocolate!! Am bookmarking and coming back soon :o)

  16. Foodycat

    20th February 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Oh wow! Chocolate and clotted cream in a pancake! It’s a lovely looking pancake too. Mine rarely have that perfect lightly speckled with brown look.

  17. Choclette

    20th February 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Cinnamon Girl – yes the clotted cream was an inspiration, just lucky we had some in the fridge.

    Celia – thank you for reminding me where it was I saw 3 recipes made with one block of Willie’s cocoa.

    Hannah – glad the feelings were reciprocated.

    FoodieCat – having just burnt a pan with the savoury filling designed to go in our pancakes just beforehand, we were very pleased to manage near perfect pancakes when it came to making those.

  18. Jagruti

    20th February 2010 at 6:39 pm

    first time here..stumbled down from another blogroll…oh boy! you have a great collection of recipes..making me drool..I’ll come back for more..following you..;-))

  19. Choclette

    20th February 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Jagruti – glad you found my blog.

  20. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    3rd March 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I definitely don’t need it to be Pancake Day for me to absolutely inhale these pancakes!

    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:29 am

      Inhaling is a good start, but I find eating them is the most satisfying bit 😉

  21. Nickki

    5th March 2020 at 9:53 pm

    These pancakes sound absolutely luxurious. What a lovely weekend treat!

    • Choclette

      11th March 2020 at 9:22 am

      You are so right. Just wondering when I can justify making them again.


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