Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday! (10 recipes!)

Today is Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday.  Pancakes and other traditional foods are eaten the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of the Lent season.  Here are 10 delicious recipes for pancakes, waffles, and even rich desserts!

What is Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday?

  • Tuesday is a day of celebration around the world with Christians who observe the day before Ash Wednesday, known as Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday!
  •  The term “Pancake Day” came about because it was a way to use up rich foods and ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar.
  • These rich foods are made to be consumed either for breakfast, dinner, and even dessert.
  • Also, the term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.” It is the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent season. And it begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday.

The Day Before Ash Wednesday…

Whether you’re planning to make pancakes, waffles, or maybe an Italian lasagna for Fat Tuesday, here are some recipes for you to enjoy! 

Here are 10 recipes for you to choose from. Just click on the titles, and it will take you to the recipe.

1. Apple Cinnamon Pancakes 

With so many recipes for pancake day, this one happens to be our favorite!  These pancakes are fluffy, loaded with pieces of apple and enough cinnamon flavor to make breakfast, or dinner delicious! 

A white plate with pancakes filed up high with butter and maple syrup on top.

2. Lemon Ricotta Silver Dollar Pancakes

Fresh lemon zest gives them the subtle lemon flavor we love, while the protein from the ricotta cheese will kick up your energy to help jump-start your day.   Top with fresh blueberries or raspberries for extra sweetness.

A stack of small pancakes with fresh blueberries on top.

3. Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts

These donuts are made with apple sauce, apple cider, and sweetened with coconut sugar, and easily baked. Topped with a cinnamon-sugar coating, makes them perfect! YUM!

A bite out of a cinnamon apple cider donuts.

4. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Waffles

We love waffles over pancakes.  Why?  Because if you own a waffle maker, take it out of your cabinet and use it.  They make waffles perfect every time!  Loaded with strawberries and chocolate chips inside and out… Mmmm need I say more?

A forkful of waffle with strawberries and mini chocolate chips on top.

5. Light & Fluffy Lemon Blueberry Waffles

Loaded with fresh blueberries and fresh-squeezed lemon juice and zest inside and out, these lemon blueberry waffles will make your family and friends feel special when you make them!

A waffle with fresh blueberries on top on a white plate.

Rich & Creamy Desserts…

6. Bakery-Style Lemon Raspberry Cake

With its moist texture and sublime flavors, the surprise in this bakery-style lemon raspberry cake is the creamy layer of lemon curd in the center, as part of the filling.  So yummy, everyone will enjoy every bite!

A slice of white cake with icing on a white plate.

7. Creamy Italian Cheesecake

This cheesecake is made with a combination of cream cheese and ricotta cheese and it is divine! It has a silky-smooth and fluffy texture with a delicious citrus flavor, making this a delightful dessert to serve on Fat Tuesday!

Creamy Italian Cheesecake with sliced oranges on top.  for fat Tuesday

8. Best Tiramisu

With so many desserts to choose from, our favorite is the classic tiramisu! Every time I serve this Tiramisu to family and friends, I always hear only the ooh’s and ahh’s from them! This is the BEST Tiramisu recipe and it is such a delicious dessert – everyone will request a second piece.

A square piece of Tiramisu cake on a white plate.

9. Italian Cream Puffs

These delicious Italian Cream Puffs are baked then filled with a luscious cream topped with a cherry and some powdered sugar.   With its rich, creamy filling these cream puffs are out-of-this-world! 

Italian Cream Puff's on a long white serving platter,

10. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Our Decadent Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is moist, rich, and bursts with banana and chocolate flavors. Best of all, it melts-in-your-mouth with every bite!  Made in one bowl and in one hour, this recipe makes 3 loaves – enough to freeze some.

A loaf of bread with chocolate frosting, and mini chocolate chips on top, sliced on a white platter.


More Recipes for Rich Foods You’ll Love:


We hope you’ll enjoy these delicious options! It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy and indulge! What better way to enjoy Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday with a few extra treats as an excuse?

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday

Waffles with fresh strawberries on top, a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup on top, a row of cream puffs, and small stack of pancakes with blueberries on top.

Today is Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday.  Pancakes and other traditional foods are eaten the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of the Lent season.  Here are 10 recipes for you to choose from!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1. Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
  • 2. Lemon Ricotta Silver Dollar Pancakes
  • 3. Cinnamon Apple Cider Donuts
  • 4. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Waffles
  • 5. Bakery-Style Lemon Raspberry Cake
  • 6. Light & Fluffy Blueberry Waffles
  • 7. Creamy Italian Cheese Cake
  • 8. Best Tiramisu
  • 9. . Italian Cream Puffs
  • 10. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


  1. Choose your recipe.
  2. Gather all the ingredients for that recipe.
  3. Follow the directions on the recipe card and enjoy!

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Pancakes, waffles, white cake with raspberries on top, and cream puffs with cherry on top

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  1. Thank you for including pancakes, because as far as I’m concerned, that is a real tradition. Along with doughnuts, of course. And I’ve never turned down a waffle. Great recipes!

  2. I’m slowly trying to catch up since we were on vacation for two weeks recently. Don’t think we’ll be traveling again any time soon with the health concerns so glad to be Home Sweet Home 🙂 And what is home without pancakes 🙂 What a delicious selection!

    1. So happy you are home and safe! Stay healthy and thank you for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. 🙂

    1. We hear you Mimi. It’s a tough battle to stay away from carbs, but we indulge every once in a while and thank goodness it’snot often.

    1. Hmm, that is a tough question. But I would start with breakfast, then work your way down to desserts for dinner and then desserts again after dinner….lol !! No matter where you start, it’s all good! Enjoy and have a great weekend