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Dr Pepper Cake

Looking for a delicious and easy dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than Dr Pepper Cake, made with a jazzed up cake mix and a delectable homemade frosting!

A DELICIOUS AND MOIST CAKE

This unique cake is made with – you guessed it – Dr Pepper – and it’s sure to be a hit! This delectable cake is made using a boxed cake mix, Dr Pepper soda, and a few additional ingredients to create a moist and flavorful base. But what really sets this cake apart is the homemade frosting, which adds a rich and creamy complement to the Dr Pepper flavor. So whether you’re a baking beginner or an experienced pro, read on for everything you need to know about making the best cake that will have everyone asking, what IS that incredible flavor?!

A utensil holding a slice of Dr Pepper Cake.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use other sodas?

Absolutely! Other dark sodas would be great. I have a Coca-Cola Cake that is always a hit. Plus if you want another one, this 7-up Cake is also very tasty!

Can I use this recipe and make a bundt cake with it?

While I haven’t specifically tested this recipe in a bundt, I’ve had readers make my Coca-Cola Cake into a bundt cake and reported that it was done with great success. Since this is a very similar recipe, I would *think* that it would also work. You may need to adjust the baking time though, so keep an eye on it as it bakes.

Can I make cupcakes with this recipe?

Again, I haven’t turned the Dr Pepper Cake into cupcakes but I did make some Coca-Cola Cupcakes that were superb. I imagine you could do the same with this recipe.

Do I have to use the nuts?

I used chopped pecans but you can also use chopped walnuts. Or just ditch the nuts altogether. You can leave the cake as is or add some chocolate sprinkles. Everything is better with sprinkles, right?

Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?

You bet. If using milk in place of the heavy cream, you’re going to need only 3-4 Tablespoons of the milk since it’s thinner than the cream. Start with less, use your judgement, and add more if needed to get it to the right consistency. If it winds up too runny, just add some more powdered sugar.

How to store leftovers?

Leftover Dr Pepper Cake should be stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature for 3-5 days. Keeping it in the fridge would cause it to dry out faster. You can freeze this cake for up to 3 months.

A slice of Dr Pepper cake on a plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • chocolate fudge cake mix
  • instant chocolate pudding
  • large eggs
  • oil
  • Dr Pepper
  • salted butter
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • heavy cream or milk
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
chocolate fudge cake mix, instant chocolate pudding, eggs, oil, Dr Pepper, salted butter, cocoa powder, heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, chopped pecans.

HOW TO MAKE A DR PEPPER CAKE:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, stir together cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, oil and Dr. Pepper for about 2 minutes on medium speed.

A mixing bowl with cake mix, dry pudding mix, eggs, oil and Dr. Pepper.

Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake according to package directions (usually 35-40 minutes). Note: The cake will have a slight dip in the center. This is normal. When it is done, a toothpick will come out clean.

Dr Pepper Cake batter in a baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, start melting butter. Add in cocoa powder and heavy cream (or milk, if using) and stir.

Melted butter, with cocoa powder, and heavy cream.

Then whisk in confectioners sugar. Stir briskly with a whisk to get all the lumps out.

Powdered sugar in a chocolate mixture in a saucepan.

Take mixture off heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Vanilla extract over a chocolate mixture.

Pour frosting over cake and evenly spread it out over cake.

Frosting being poured over a Dr Pepper Cake.

Sprinkle chopped nuts on top, if using.

A Dr Pepper Cake with homemade frosting and chopped nuts.

I think this cake is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

slice of Dr Pepper cake on a small round white plate with a coop of vanilla ice cream slightly melted on top of the cake and a small can of Dr Pepper soda in the background.

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A slice of homemade Dr Pepper cake with frosting and nuts on top.

Dr Pepper Cake

Looking for a delicious and easy dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than Dr Pepper Cake, made with a jazzed up cake mix and a delectable homemade frosting!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 4 ounce small box instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup oil
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper soda

For the frosting:

Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, stir together 15 ounce box chocolate fudge cake mix, 4 ounce small box instant chocolate pudding, 3 large eggs, ⅓ cup oil and 1 cup Dr Pepper soda for about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake according to package directions (usually 35-40 minutes). Note: The cake will have a slight dip in the center. This is normal. When it is done, a toothpick will come out clean.

For the frosting:

  • In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, start melting 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter.
  • Add in3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream and stir (note: start with 4 Tablespoons – you can always add more to reach your desired thickness after you add in the powdered sugar.)
  • Then whisk in 2 cups powdered sugar. Stir briskly with a whisk to get all the lumps out.
  • Take mixture off heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Pour frosting over cake and evenly spread it out.
  • Sprinkle ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts evenly on top, if using. I think this cake is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 449mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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