17 tasty toppings and genius gadgets for the best pancake day ever

Shrove Tuesday, or pancake day, is on 16 February this year, which means it’s not that far away. However, if you’re bored of the same old tired toppings, we’ve found 17 ways to amp up your pancake-making and make it the best Shrove Tuesday ever.

From the fanciest of alternative toppings to clever gadgets, vegan mixes to pre-made kits, we’ve found everything to make this a pancake day to remember. After all, we’re looking for any chance to celebrate and make home life a little different and more exciting right now, so why not unleash your inner child and throw yourself into creating the ultimate pancake day?

The fancy toppings

pistachio & rose nut butter
Fortnum & Mason

Pistachio & Rose Butter, £9.95, Fortnum & Mason

If you’re going to go fancy, let’s go fancy fancy, with Fortnum & Mason’s smooth vegan pistachio and rose flavoured nut butter from their artisan producer in Shropshire.

Rowse ChocoBee
Rowse

ChocoBee Chocolate Spread, £2, Rowse Honey

Rowse, aka the honey experts, have invented a new kind of spread: chocolate honey. Containing just two ingredients (honey and cocoa), it’s as moreish as you’re expecting.

violet sugar
Sous Chef

Online food retailer Sous Chef has plenty of fun ingredients that would make for great pancake toppings, such as a dusting of this intensely purple sugar with a hint of violet aroma. Or why not try the Kito Yuzu Jam (£13.99) or the Cloudberry Sea Salted Caramel Spread (£6.99).

Gü chocolate spread

Gu Chocolate & Salted Caramel Spread, £2, Tesco

You’ve had their intensely indulgent dessert pots, now slather that Gü-ey goodness all over your pancakes.

Percy Pig sauce
Ocado

M&S Percy Pig Dessert Sauce, £2, Ocado

For Percy Pig fans, you can’t not have a drizzle of Percy Pig dessert sauce, which is packed full of all that signature Percy flavour: a mix of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and grape.

lemon sherbet drizzle
M&S

Lemon Sherbet Drizzle Sauce, £2, M&S

Following the huge success of M&S’s lemon gin & tonic sauce, this year they’ve introduced the lemon sherbet drizzle sauce for adding a zesty flare to your pancakes. It goes great with a dollop of double cream and a smattering of blueberries.

The fun pancakes

smiley face pancake pan
Aldi

Kirkton House Emoji Face Pan, £7.99, Aldi

Aldi’s emoji pancake pan has previously been described as a ‘best purchase’ by customers. There’s also an animal faces pan and a mini waffle-style pan, too.

pancake mould
Etsy

Good Morning Silicone Pancake Mold, £10.94, Etsy

If you’re a pancakes in the morning sort of person, you’ll love this easy-to-use mini ‘Good Morning’ silicone mould for the cheeriest of pancakes.

The ready-made pancake

Percy Pig pancakes
M&S

M&S Percy Pig Pancakes, £1.65, Ocado

More for the Percy Pig enthusiasts, what better way to celebrate the day than with pink pancakes flavoured with that iconic fruity Percy flavouring you know and love (don’t forget to top them with the Percy Pig dessert sauce and the pig himself in his original sweet form).

The vegan one

Plant Kitchen vegan shaker
M&S

Plant Kitchen Pancake Shaker Mix, £1, M&S

M&S’s vegan Plant Kitchen range has gone from strength to strength recently, and now their vegan pancake shaker mix (that they assure ‘you’d never know it was vegan’) means plant-based eaters needn’t miss out on the pancake day fun.

Fabulous vegan chocolate spread
Fabalous

Fabalous Organic Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread, £5.89, Amazon

Made from chickpeas, this 100 per cent vegan alternative to Nutella is great for a plant-based pancake day, plus it’s palm oil free. We’ll be serving it up with sliced bananas.

The tablescape

pancake plate
Wolf & Badger

Are We Having Pancakes? Side Plate, £23, Wolf & Badger

Who can resist this little badger’s face? This plate by Jimbob Art is perfect for getting those Instagram-ready shots before you tuck into your pancake feast.

spring tea towels
John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners Spring Baking Floral Print Cotton Tea Towels, Pack of 2, £10, John Lewis

For mopping up that lemon juice spillage and Nutella on the chin (it happens to the best of us).

lemon plates
Coffee & Cloth

&Klevering set of 4 full colour lemon plates, £39.99, Coffee & Cloth

For the lemon and sugar die-hards, you pancakes won’t look better than on these stunning hand painted plates from Dutch brand &Klevering.

The lemon and sugar one

citrus juicer
Joseph & Joseph

Helix Citrus Juicer, £18, Joseph & Joseph

Speaking of lemon and sugar, getting every last drop of juice out of your citrus fruits has never been easier than with this genius citrus juicer.

The one that does it all for you

pancake baking kit
Not On The High Street

Chocolate And Raspberry Heart Pancake Baking Kit, £18.50, Not On The High Street

Horrifying memories of pancakes gone wrong? This kit from renowned baking brand Honeywell Biscuit Co will ensure nothing is left to chance, with pre-portioned ingredients, heart-shaped pancake mould, homemade chocolate spread and a raspberry coulis.

pancake mixes
Etsy

Gourmet Pancake Mix, £7.50, Etsy

Looking for something a little different? The Little Pancake Company has an array of flavoured mixes that will make fluffy American style pancakes – choose from rocky road, apple crumble, cherry & dark chocolate and more.