Dr. Pepper Cake

Dr. Pepper Cake 2

That’s right. Dr. Pepper cake. If you are a fan of this illustrious pop, you should love this cake. The Dr. Pepper is complimented by cocoa, and it is not an overpowering cake tasting of pop. It is a beautifully moist mix of pop and chocolate, with the icing drowning everything else in more chocolatey Dr. Pepper goodness.

If you don’t like the taste of Dr. Pepper, don’t despair! As I mentioned above, the pop flavour is not overpowering. It is more of a subtle afterthought to the flavour profile, and chocolate really steps up to take the stage in this cake. Paul loves Dr. Pepper, and he thought it was awesome, even though the Dr. Pepper takes a backseat to the cocoa. (As a side note, dear readers, please excuse the pictures. I’ll try to get some new ones. My flash decided not to work properly when I went to photograph the cake. I am of the opinion the cake was so good that it killed the flash!)

Dr. Pepper Cake 1

Add this cake to your roster, and fast. Moist, chocolatey, sweet, and rich but not too rich, this cake will please the pop and chocolate lovers in your life! Did I mention it’s super simple? Mix everything up in a saucepan, pour it into the pan and bake. So, so simple. I mean, you should already be gathering the ingredients instead of finishing reading this post.

No judgement. I am here to help you and your sweet tooth! I’m so happy that I found this recipe, because if I had to make Paul (or myself!) wait any longer to try this cake, it would have been sad indeed! Not going to lie, I’m glad I made it before Christmas, so that we can truly indulge before the overeating begins!

Dr. Pepper Cake 3


Yield: 1 9 x 13 cake

For the cake:

1½ c. Dr. Pepper (or 1 can)
½ c. canola oil
½ c. butter
4 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
½ c. buttermilk

For the frosting:

½ c. butter
4 tbsp. cocoa powder
4 tbsp. milk
4 tbsp. Dr. Pepper
4 c. icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan, combine the Dr. Pepper, oil, butter, and cocoa over medium heat. When it comes to a simmer, mix well and turn stove off. In a medium bowl,  mix together sugar, flour and baking soda. Add to mixture in saucepan and mix well. Be careful not to over beat the mixture.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk together. Add to the saucepan, and combine well by hand. Again, do not over beat. Pour finished mixture into the greased baking pan and bake for 23-28 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Keep a close eye on the cake – it can go from underdone to overcooked very easily.

For the frosting, in a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, milk, and Dr. Pepper together over medium heat, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth. Add in the icing sugar a little at a time, mixing after each addition until smooth. Pour the frosting over the warm cake, and try to restrain yourselves from eating the whole thing in one sitting!

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