The Suitcase Lady


March 17, 2015, 9:40 pm

The topics for my weekly blogs come by serendipity. When I posted about waffles last week, I had no idea that pancakes would follow. Life, however, intervened and presented pancakes on a platter.

My husband and I were staying at a Holiday Inn Express and went down to the breakfast room in the morning. The extremely cheerful and pleasant young woman in charge of the breakfast buffet noticed our indecision about breakfast choices and suggested that we should try the pancakes.

“They automatically come out of this machine,” she said pointing to a rectangular box with the name Popcake on it. “I wouldn’t want to work here if everyone were pouring those little cups of batter all over everything.”

I readily agreed with her. I’ve seen the breakfast buffet crowd, including unattended children, attempting to make their own waffles. The mess left behind is world class.

Loving all things tech, my husband decided to give this pancake printer a try. He pressed the OK button. A bar indicator starting creeping along measuring off the progress to the 90 second mark. And then, viola, a pancake came out of a slot on the side of the machine ( via a conveyor belt ) and slid itself onto a waiting plate. A second pancake arrived shortly after.

“Kids go crazy about using this,” our helpful lady added. They are not the only ones, I surmised.

Returning home, I did a bit of computer research on the Popcake. It is not a product of Yankee ingenuity. Created in Sydney, Australia, the invention took six years and many botched pancakes to develop. It came on the market in 2008 and is only sold to commercial food service operations. The price is a whopping $3,700.

I predict that in a while knock offs will be made, the price will drop, and the automatic pancake maker will turn into the hottest, must have Christmas item one of these years.


7 Comments for this entry

  • Joan Peifer

    Mary here’s another pancake technical story. There is now a proto type of a 3D printer that uses pancake batter instead if ink. You can program the printer with any picture, such as the Eiffel Tower, and it will draw and and cook it on the griddle that is the base of the printer. Amazing! But I’ll bet my blueberry pancakes taste better!

  • Mary

    Joan….I know you are a great cook and I would bet on your pancakes. Plus, we always did tell children not to play with their food!

  • Jo Peifer on Facebook

    Lol. So printing with vegetables is a no no?

  • Jeff Newburg

    Now if someone would just come up with a similiar machine to pop out eggs over easy with a push of a button I’d be a real fan.

  • Mary

    Russ would be with you all the way on that, Jeff. I, however, love these lines from one of my favorite children’s books on the different types of egg cookery. Re over easy eggs: ”With their whites and yolks all runny, they are looking at me funny.”

  • Kris Little on Facebook

    Ok, I’m not sure what the value add of a 3d printer would be for pancakes, since they (printers) are additive, which means they build up parts in layers. My experience with pancakes is that a straight pour is needed. Unless one wants shapes, then you get a nozzle.