Here’s a guide to making Charmander Pancake Art; Gotta fry ’em all!
- Dark Orange (Add one drop brown dye to Orange)
- Blue-Green (One drop green, one drop blue)
- Light Purple (One drop purple)
- Light Brown (one drop brown dye)
Note: You can simplify this design by doing a solid orange for the body, plain batter for the tummy, and solid purple for the mouth.
Remember, feel free to customize any part as we go; this is simply a straightforward tutorial. Be as creative as you want!
With your griddle/pan off, begin by drawing the outline of Charmander with your black pancake batter. We recommend starting with the eyes, and keeping them fairly small. Remember, you don’t want to make the pancake too big to flip! The bigger they are, the more chance of breakage and burning. If you are worried about yours being too big as you go or don’t want to do so much detail, feel free to just make Charmander’s face! Just use the reference image, and take your time! You can use paper towels or Q-tips to wipe up or “erase” any mistakes you may make during the outline process.
Once you have your outline, we’ll start by filling in Charmander’s eyes. Draw a big white circle for the highlight near the top of the eyes. You can fill the space around the highlight with black, minding to keep that bottom half empty. Then you can fill in that bottom space with blue-green!
Then you’ll fill in the mouth. Fill in the teeth with white, the tongue/lower half with purple, and fill in the back of the mouth with dark purple.
Now you’ll add in highlights. Remember that these are where the light hits Charmander most! It looks like the light on Charmander is coming from the left in this picture. So we’ll use plain batter to draw a small circle on the top of Charmander’s head, on the top of their legs, and on the top of their snout.
Next you’ll add shadows. Remember, these are where the light can’t reach. Use dark orange to fill in the space under their chin, behind their head, under their arms, and on most of their tail. You’ll use the light brown to fill in the underside of their tummy and the underside of their tail.
Now we’ll fill in the rest of the body, minus the flame at the end of their tail. Use plain batter to fill the tummy, and fill the rest of their body with orange. Be careful to stay within the lines!
Now all that’s left to fill in is Charmander’s toes and tail flame. Use white to fill in the toes (claws) and then the core of the tail flame. When you fill the rest of the flame, you can be extra creative here if you’d like! You can use red, orange, and yellow batter to fill it in, in any way you want. It’s up to you, have fun with it!
Create an outline around your entire Charmander with batter. You can use any color (or colors) you’d like! Then cover the back of your pancake with a zig zag as well. For extra precautions (like say, if your pancake is looking paper thin) you can cover the whole backside in plain batter to give it more thickness. This’ll help make it stronger for the flip! Once you’ve filled every last part of Charmander, you can turn on the griddle to around 225°.
While it’s cooking slowly, don’t panic! These pancakes are cooking at a much slower temperature than typical pancakes. They will take a very long time to burn.
Once bubbles begin to cover the surface of your pancake, and the pancake starts to look more like a solid than a liquid, you can work the spatula gently around the edges to separate the pancake from the griddle. This is a process we call “carving.”
Be patient, you shouldn’t need to carve the pancake off forcefully; it’ll separate more and more as it cooks.
Once the pancake is unstuck and can freely move around the griddle, it’s about time to flip. It’s very important to slide the spatula under the pancake in one smooth motion, quickly and confidently. You also can’t be hesitant while flipping it. The more confidently you do this step, the more likely your pancake will be fine. Take a breath, have faith… and give it a flip!