A Filled Surprise – Filled Pancake Makers and Pans.

While flat pancakes topped with honey, maple syrup, blueberries or even bacon are typical first thoughts when pancakes are mentioned, less common but exceptionally delicious are filled pancakes.

Typically smaller in size and rounder in shape, the Danish Aebleskiver and the Japanese Takoyaki are two popular forms of filled pancakes that often surprise with their hidden fillings.

Filling can range from sweet, such as jam or chocolate to savoury, a sautéed mixed of vegetables and meat or even seafood. Offering a complete wholesome mini-meal on it’s own, the filled pancake is often made in large batches and can even be pre-made and frozen for future convenience.

In this post we take a look at some of the best Danish Aeblekivers and Japanese Takoyaki pans available to the home chef.

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5 Best Danish Aebleskivers Filled-Pancake Pans

Here are some of the best puff pancake makers in the market.

  1. Simply Calphalon Nonstick Puff Pancake Pan 7-molds – CAST ALUMINIUM
  2. Norpro 3113 Aebleskiver Stuffed-Pancake Pan 7-molds- CAST ALUMINIUM
  3. Nordic Ware Danish Ebleskiver Pan 7-molds – CAST ALUMINIUM
  4. Lodge Pro-Logic P7A3 Cast-Iron Aebleskiver Pan 7-molds – CAST IRON PAN
  5. SCI Scandicrafts 7-Cup Cast Iron Aebleskiver Pan 7-molds – CAST IRON PAN

8 Best Japanese Takoyaki Filled Pancake Pans and Makers

  1. Iwatani Takoyaki Pan Gas Stove 20-molds – PORTABLE GAS PAN
  2. Takoyaki Octopus Dumpling Maker 18-Balls – ELECTRIC PAN
  3. Iwatani Takoyaki Grill Pan Cooking Plate CB-P-TAF 16-molds – CAST IRON PAN
  4. CucinaPro 1445 (3-in-1) Multi Baker – ELECTRIC PAN
  5. Electric Japanese Takoyaki Pan Op-S18 18-molds – ELECTRIC PAN
  6. Electric Takoyaki Pan Pancake Puffs 24-molds – ELECTRIC PAN
  7. Cast Iron Takoyaki Pan 12-molds – CAST IRON PAN
  8. Japanese Yakitori and Takoyaki (2-in-1) BBQ Grill Stove – ELECTRIC PAN

Remember to get the Takoyaki Picks and Oil Brush

A Closer Look

Let’s take a closer look at our list of puff and filled Danish Aebleskiver and Japanese Takoyaki pancake makers.

Simply Calphalon Nonstick Puff Pancake Pan 7-molds – CAST ALUMINIUM

Simply Calphalon Nonstick Puff Pancake Pan

  • Drawn construction with an impact bonded aluminum plate; crafted with impact bonded aluminum base to maximize heat conduction
  • 2 layers of nonstick coating for extended performance; cooks with little to no oil or fats; effortless food release; non-reactive with foods; safe for use with nylon, coated or wooden utensils; oven safe to 400-Degree F
  • Contoured handle from cast stainless steel with silicone for added comfort and heat-resistance; double riveted for durable performance

Norpro 3113 Aebleskiver Stuffed-Pancake Pan 7-molds – CAST ALUMINIUM

Norpro 3113 Aebleskiver Stuffed-Pancake Pan


  • Aebleskiver pan for making traditional Danish stuffed pancakes
  • Cast-aluminum construction heats quickly; nonstick surface
  • Ergonomic 7-1/2-inch-long handle stays cool to the touch
  • Hand washing recommended; recipes included
  • Measures 9 by 16-1/2 by 2-3/4 inches

Also: Norpro 3114 Danish Aebleskiver Pan – CAST IRON

Norpro Danish Aebleskiver Pan

Nordic Ware Danish Ebleskiver Pan 7-molds – CAST ALUMINIUM

Nordic Ware Danish Ebleskiver Pan

  • Makes seven 2-1/4-inch traditional Danish pancakes at one time
  • Heavy, warp-resistant cast aluminum ensures even heating
  • Measures 9-1/2 inches in diameter
  • Hand washing recommended with mild detergent

Lodge Pro-Logic P7A3 Cast-Iron Aebleskiver Pan 7-molds – CAST IRON

Lodge Pro-Logic P7A3 Cast-Iron Aebleskiver Pan

  • Cast-iron aebleskiver pan with 7 slots for creating Danish pancake balls
  • Preseasoned with vegetable oil formula and ready for immediate use
  • Cast-iron surface heats slowly and evenly to prevent burning
  • Nonstick, rustproof finish cleans easily; hand wash only

SCI Scandicrafts 7-Cup Cast Iron Aebleskiver Pan – CAST IRON

SCI Scandicrafts 7-Cup Cast Iron Aebleskiver Pan

  • Cast Iron construction for even heat distribution and retention
  • Even cooking temperature without hot spots
  • Hand wash
  • Stovetop or to bake in the oven

Iwatani Takoyaki Pan Gas Stove 20-molds – PORTABLE GAS PAN

Iwatani Takoyaki Pan Gas Stove 20-molds

 

Takoyaki Octopus Dumpling Maker 18-Balls – ELECTRIC PAN

Takoyaki Octopus Dumpling Maker 18-Balls

  • Power: 650W
  • For 18 takoyaki ( hole’s diameter : 3,8 cm. )
  • Thermal fuse: 240 ℃
  • Size: 26×23×7cm

Iwatani Takoyaki Grill Pan Cooking Plate CB-P-TAF 16-molds – CAST IRON PAN

IWATANI TAKOYAKI Grill pan cooking plate CB-P-TAF

Grill pan for making Takoyaki. Nonstick and easy cleanup. Anyone can make them turn without fail. Finish is good in the heat storage effect of the thick material.

  • Size & Weight : 26 x 21 x 3.9 cm (10.2 x 8.2 x 1.5″), 730 grams
  • Material : Aluminium (inside: fluororesin coating like called Teflon)

CucinaPro 1445 (3-in-1) Multi Baker – ELECTRIC PAN
CucinaPro 1445 Multi Baker

CucinaPro Multi Baker comes with three machine-washable plates, makes ebelskivers, cake pops and meatballs, great for grilling sandwiches and hamburgers, perfect for cupcake tops and whoopee pies. There is a temperature control dials near on the power connector.

CucinaPro 1445 Multi Baker Controls

Electric Japanese Takoyaki Pan Op-S18 18-molds – ELECTRIC PAN

Electric Japanese Takoyaki Pan Op-S18 Red

Equally popular, the red Octopus Takoyaki Octopus Pan from Japan.

  • Power: 650W
  • For 18 takoyaki ( hole’s diameter : 3,8 cm. )
  • Thermal fuse: 240 ℃
  • Size: 26×23×7cm

Electric Takoyaki Pan Pancake Puffs 24-molds – ELECTRIC PAN

Electric Takoyaki Pan Pancake Puffs 24 molds

  • Power: 800W
  • Molds: 24 puff pancake molds with portion dividers
  • Plate: Fluorine resin coated plate (removable, easy to clean, 100% safe)
  • Dimensions & Weight: 365 x 245 x 72 mm and 1.45 kg

Cast Iron Takoyaki Pan 12-molds 3.9stars – CAST IRON PAN

Cast Iron Takoyaki Pan

This high quality single handled cast-iron pan is designed for takoyaki, the beloved Japanese street food. Follow tradition and use it for making the popular octopus fritters or branch out and use for new and innovative dishes.

  • Single handled cast-iron pan designed for takoyaki
  • Can be used to make takoyaki and round pancakes
  • Can be heated directly on any gas burner

Japanese Yakitori and Takoyaki (2-in-1) BBQ Grill Stove – ELECTRIC PAN

Japanese Yakitori Takoyaki BBQ Grill Stove Yaki Yatai

Recipe Books

Here are some of the recipe books to get your started.

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