Kelly Senyei tries ice cube tray pancakes the new TikTok food trend but some say it makes no sense

This ice-cube tray pancake ‘hack’ is the latest food trend taking over TikTok – but some aren’t convinced: ‘This makes no sense’

  • Home cooks are freezing pancake batter in ice cube trays 
  • The handy hack is the newest TikTok food trend but some people ‘hate it’

A chef has revealed how to make perfectly ‘light and fluffy’ pancake bites using an ice cube tray – but not everyone was impressed by her ‘nonsense’ method. 

Kelly Senyei, from San Diego in the US, showed the breakfast hack off in a video posted to TikTok recently – starting a new trend on the site.

The mum-of-four said the trick makes ‘light and fluffy’ mini pancakes but many pointed out it would be easier to pre-cook them before freezing them to heat up later. 


The mum-of-four said makes 'light and fluffy' mini pancakes but many pointed out it would be easier to pre-cook the pancakes before freezing them

Popular cook Kelly Senyei (left) tested the latest TikTok food trend. The hack involves pre-making pancake batter and freezing it in ice cube tray to make mini pikelets later 

Kelly said to start off by making ‘your pancake mix of choice’ and pour the batter into an ice cube tray. 

‘Any sort of size works and then add your fillings, I got frozen blueberries and mini chocolate chips – fresh fruit also works great,’ she said. 

The mum then covers the tray up and puts them in the freezer until hard. 

‘When you’re craving light and fluffy pancakes, pop out an ice cube of pancake batter and put them on a low-heat gridle, low heat is key because you want them to cook low and slow,’ she said. 

RECIPE: How to make the best pancakes


  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Maple syrup, to serve
  • Blueberries, to serve


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour baking powder, sugar and a pinch of salt together. In a large jug whisk eggs, milk, butter and vanilla, if using. 
  2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in milk mixture to make a smooth batter. 
  3. Heat a large, lightly greased non-stick frying pan over medium heat. 
  4. Working in batches of 3, pour ¼ cups of batter into the pan. Cook pancakes for 1-2 minutes, until bubbles break on the surface and underside is golden brown. Flip over and cook for 1 minute. 
  5. Stack and serve the pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries. 

Source: MyFoodBook 

‘Give them a flip, pile on the butter and then maple syrup and it’s time to dig in.’  

Some viewers loved the handy hack with one saying: ‘That is so cool. OMG I have to try this,’ one woman said. 

‘Whoa!! What is this magic?’ asked a second. 

However others weren’t so convinced and one thought the trick made ‘no sense’. 

‘This makes no sense to me, just cook them ahead of time and freeze them. Use the toaster or microwave to heat them when you want them,’ they wrote.  

Some viewers loved the handy hack however others weren't so convinced. 'This makes no sense to me, just cook them ahead of time and freeze them,' one person replied

Some viewers loved the handy hack however others weren’t so convinced. ‘This makes no sense to me, just cook them ahead of time and freeze them,’ one person replied

‘It’s a cool trick but why wouldn’t you just make the pancakes and save your future self some messing around?’ agreed another. 

‘Am I the only one making pancakes and freezing them as a way to cut out the extra steps?’ replied a third.  

‘Nope, I feel like these would just get soggy and water-logged,’ a fourth commented.

One person responded to the concerns saying: ‘People keep saying to pre-make and freeze, but this way they’re still fresh and fast’.