[Photographs: Erin Zimmer]

If you needed an excuse to eat cupcakes for breakfast, here you go. The red velvet pancakes from the Buttermilk Truck, which serves breakfast and late-night food around the Los Angeles area, are essentially cupcakes, but flat. Even the cream cheese butter is more like frosting than actual butter. They're fluffy, cakey, insanely moist, and filled with chocolate chips, a nod to red velvet's usual cocoa element, that melt inside like a fresh-from-Mama's-oven Toll House cookie.


Also similar to cupcakes, they come in a diminutive size. Each $4 order comes with six silver dollar coins, dusted with a wrist's shake of powdered sugar. Even as a savory breakfast type, I was happy with these. Don't get me wrong, they're sweet, as in syrup-not-needed sweet, but most of the sweetness comes from the "butter," not the actual pancake part.

Buttermilk Truck rotates in other pancake flavors too, like ube, the purple yam popular in the Philippines, which they top with coconut mascarpone frosting. Another case of a cupcake moonlighting as a pancake, not that we have any problem with that.

To find the Buttermilk Truck, check @ButtermilkTruck


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