First attempt at pancake civil engineering

Golden Gate bridge made out of pancakes
Thought I’d give myself a little challenge today, so I decided to test out the load-bearing qualities of pancake batter. The project was more successful than I had anticipated, minus the minor burns from trying to assemble the structure on a hot griddle.

If you over-cook the pieces, they become pretty stable, almost like balsa wood. The trick is to cook out all the moisture without burning the pancake. Adding liquid batter as ‘mortar’ works pretty well, it just takes a little while before it will hold anything together. After I assembled the sides to the road-deck, I left the whole thing on the griddle for a few minutes to solidify everything.

Yes, I Allie and I ate it after I took a couple photos :)

Below is a video of how I made it-

Allie loves the pancake bridge

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17 Responses to First attempt at pancake civil engineering

  1. Eloc May 9, 2010 at 1:29 am #

    You need to get some of these oven gloves or something:®-Withstands-Degrees-Farenheit/dp/B000TVR7JC

    No more molten pancake burns, you’ll still have good dexterity because they have fingers for assembling those intricate designs. Or get some welder’s gloves for the true pancake engineer.

  2. Carol P May 14, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    Your are a genius. The pancakes are gorgeius. Do you mind if I write about your pancakes in my blog?

  3. Julia Brasileiro May 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Jim, I really like your blog, and I was thinking instead of gluing the parts together with the pancake batter why don’t you use caramel? Just a thought!

  4. Mo May 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    This is the best thing I have ever seen. I have a 2yr and 5yr old and I can’t wait to try this for them. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas.

  5. Chelle Brunke May 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
    Mollie writes:

    Well, here it is, fancier pancakes that even my husband can make, and he’s made pancakes for picky eaters for almost 30 years.

    Pancakes are a law unto themselves, the ultimate in comfort food. Mommies and Daddies out there – need I say more?

    Hope you don’t mind, I put a link to you on our blog. Nice to see you making an art out of parenting!

  6. Pumpkinbear May 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Or chocolate glue! In my own food engineering, I use melted chocolate as glue for EVERYTHING. Well, everything sweet…

  7. Alyssa May 20, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    I LOVE This site ! Can’t wait to make a pancake butterfly for my niece on saturday !

  8. sisinpacific May 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    you are an awesome pancake maker and it seems like a great dad too. I love it when she says becareful daddy! My boys appreciated the “boy” pancakes! Except now they want me to make them. yikes.

  9. Elliott June 11, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    Jim, will you be my dad? Please?

    Ok, that sounds creepy…but great work!

  10. Olivine June 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Your daughter is so cute !
    And I love your pancakes, you are amazing !

  11. EJ June 28, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    Oh man, this makes me miss home. My nephews saw this and now I’m on a mission to make them myself. You absolutely rock!

  12. NLG October 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!! My coworker (we’re both graphic designers) – hater was just saying “I would get tired of so many pancakes.” I was like HECK NO – having a creative dad that create pancakes for fun for his little girl (a great bonding memory for your little one by the way), WHO would not want that?! Plus the little ones aren’t as critical and they love anything that is out of the normal round pancakes.

    I’m inspired to make breakfast a creative one from this point on forward.



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