Did you know that the first pancakes were created by the Romans about 2000 years ago? They called it Alita Dolcia, which means another sweet in Latin.
Pancakes are not just a tasty breakfast food. These are often rolled up or folded and consumed hot with a sweet or savory filling. Making pancake art with the batter is almost as simple as cooking it. Perhaps this is the reason why those seeking creative ways to set world records are drawn to this simple breakfast treat.
Here are some of our favorite pancake-related world records you should take a look at.
The tallest stack of pancakes
The tallest pancake stack, measuring 101.8 cm (3 feet 4 inches), was made on February 8, 2016, by Center Parcs Sherwood Forest (UK) in Rufford, Newark, UK. Dave Nicholls and James Haywood made and stacked the 213 pancakes.
The record-breaking pancakes used 13 bags of flour, 360 eggs, and 26 pints of milk.
Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel attended the attempt to ensure the stack was made completely of free-standing pancakes and could stay upright for a minimum of five seconds after the chefs had completed their work.
Mr. Patel was thrilled to announce that the previous record, held by Efteling bv (Netherlands) at the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, in October 2014, was broken by Center Parcs.
The Center Parcs team dismantled the heap and distributed the pancakes with delicious toppings to the guests after presenting certificates.
“After many hours of preparation and the longest five seconds of my life, I’m so proud to say that we’ve set a new Guinness World Records title. The Pancake House is not just a nod to our Dutch heritage – it’s something that’s become synonymous with Center Parcs and is enjoyed by many families. Since we opened our doors in 1987, we’ve served enough pancakes to reach the top of Mount Everest, so it seems right that we now hold the Guinness World Records title! Shrove Tuesday is, naturally, one of our busiest days and this year our guests will be able to say they’ve eaten at a record-breaking restaurant,” said Chef James Haywood.
The most tosses of a pancake in one minute
Brad Jolly, an Australian, set a record on February 21, 2012, at Martin Place in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, with 140 pancake tosses in one minute.
Most people tossing of pancakes
The tossing of pancakes was organized by the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England, on February 15, 2012. Of the 930 participants, 40 were deemed ineligible due to either dropping their pancake or failing to finish within the allotted time. That still leaves a respectable total of 890 pancake-tossing people.
The highest pancake toss
On November 13, 2010, at Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, New York, USA, Dominic Cuzzacrea (USA) achieved the highest pancake toss ever, measuring 9.47 m (31 ft 1 in). It was at the Walden Galleria Mall in front of bystanders. Dominic beat his previous record by 11.8 inches or 30 centimeters.
Dominic ‘Mike’ Cuzzacrea is known as The Pancake Man because he holds two pancake-related Guinness World Records.
Also, on October 24, 1999, Cuzzacrea completed the Casino Niagara International Marathon while flipping a pancake continuously in a frying pan for 3 hr 2 min 27 seconds.
The largest pancake ever
The largest pancake was created in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England, on August 13, 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. It was 49 feet (ft) wide and one inch (in) thick. The pancake weighed three tons and took hours to cook.
It is no surprise then that the batter-made monster took more than just a frying pan to flip over and can feed a town!
The largest pancake was divided into 15,000 portions and sold to benefit local charities.
The largest serving of pancakes
The largest serving of pancakes is 13,000 and was achieved on June 24, 2021, by Hy-Vee, Inc. (USA) in Blue Springs, Missouri, USA.
Hy-Vee attempted the Guinness World Records title to celebrate the launch of the supermarket’s new breakfast menu. Despite a violent thunderstorm in the middle of the attempt, 18 chefs worked on six propane griddles over seven hours to make the pancakes. The pancakes were then donated to Harvesters, The Community Food Network.
The longest line of pancakes
The longest line of pancakes, recorded on February 25, 2020, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, UK, is 130.84 meters (429 feet 3 inches) long and was made by Kenwood Ltd (UK).
The Felix Project, a charity that aims to tackle food waste and hunger, gave away the pancakes following the endeavor.
Fastest time to top 10 pancakes
The world record for the fastest time to top 10 pancakes is 19.46 seconds, on April 8, 2023, in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany.
Andre Ortolf, a prolific record-breaker when it comes to food and eating, set the global record.
Most pancakes eaten in an hour
Andrei Smirnov from Russia holds the world record for eating the most pancakes. In just one hour, he managed to munch through 73 pancakes.
Most pancakes thrown and caught in 1minute – a team of two
In Jamaica, New York, USA, on September 26, 2009, Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin set a record with 46 pancakes thrown and caught in one minute by a team of two. Mr. Furman caught forty-six of the pancakes that Mr. Larkin had thrown into a frying pan and put them in a pot without breaking them within one minute.
Largest Indian pancake stun
On May 19, 2023, in Beijing, China, on the set of CCTV’s Golden 100 Seconds, Cao Huaijiang (China) spun the largest Indian pancake ever, measuring 79 cm (2 feet 7 inches) in diameter.
The attempt was a part of the Golden 100 Seconds special series, which CCTV 3 would be on air in July 2023.
Additionally, the most expensive pancake in the world would cost you almost £800 because it is made with caviar, lobster, and even more caviar.
In conclusion, in some countries, pancake is the main dish of every party. People enjoy eating a wide variety of pancakes with various butters, sauces, and styles. Shakespeare adored pancakes so much that he included them in his many stories and plays.
With your love of pancakes, you can certainly set a personal record for how many of our deliciously fluffy pancakes you can eat, stack, toss, and make!