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How to make a chocolate Dr. Pepper cake?

This delicious Dr Pepper Cake is just what the doctor ordered.

Dr Pepper Chocolate Cake Recipe

Sugar, butter, chocolate, Dr. Pepper … Isn’t enough said?


My daughter is a big Dr. Pepper fan, so I had to try my own version of the chocolate cakes I’ve seen here and there with either Coke or Dr. Pepper added. Oh boy, am I happy I did. What is this Dr Pepper Cake? It’s an absolute necessity. Rich and moist, and so simple to make, there’s no reason not to try it at least once. Just make sure you have a party to prepare it for, since having leftovers is risky.

One of the things I admire about this cake is how simple it is to make. It’s that easy. It bakes for 20-25 minutes and is ready in 10. All ingredients are combined in a saucepan and poured directly into a 13x9x2″ baking pan. Speaking of ingredients, for both the cake batter and frosting, I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder. It’s great stuff. I hope you can locate some.

The procedure is simple: in a saucepan over medium heat, combine the Dr. Pepper, oil, butter, and cocoa powder. When it reaches a simmer, stir thoroughly and remove from the heat. Combine the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, and baking soda), then add to the pot and stir to blend. You don’t have to beat it to death. It will be lumpy at first, but simply stir until mixed. In a separate small dish, softly whisk together the eggs and buttermilk, then add to the pot. Combine batter well and pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 350-degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Take care not to overbake.

The icing works the same way. Combine butter, cocoa powder and milk together in a saucepan, over medium heat, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth. Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time, combining after each addition until smooth. Spread the frosting over the heated cake. Yum.

While the frosting is mighty yummy, I think the cake is quite tasty without it, or maybe just with a little dusting of powdered sugar and a tall glass of milk. So, what are you holding out for? Now buy yourself a Dr. Pepper and get to work! Enjoy! Please let me know how it goes.


Dr Pepper Cake Recipe


For cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup Dr. Pepper soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 stick salted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 4 tbsp chocolate powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder again)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For frosting:

  • 1 stick salted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 8 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)


For cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and oil or coat a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Begin by combining the Dr. Pepper, oil, butter and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. When it reaches a simmer, stir thoroughly and turn off the heat.
  3. Mix dry ingredients together (sugar, flour and baking soda), add to mixture in saucepan and mix well, by hand. Don’t overdo it. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  4. In a separate small bowl, softly whisk together the eggs and buttermilk, then add to the saucepan and incorporate batter thoroughly by hand, being careful not to overbeat.
  5. Pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 350-degrees for approx. 23-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Take care not to overbake.

For frosting:

  1. Over medium heat, mix butter, cocoa powder, and milk in a saucepan, stirring periodically until melted and smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar in small amounts, mixing after each addition, until smooth.
  3. Pour over warm cake.
  4. Lock all the doors, close the blinds, ignore the phone, and go fetch the milk.

Related Questions

  • Can you just add cocoa powder to cake mix?

    Add 1/4 cup of cocoa to the cake mix and add all other ingredients as directed. I’ve included another method for making a chocolate cake using baking chocolate. Any one will suffice!

  • Can you sprinkle cocoa powder in cake?

    Cake Dusting Guidelines
    Cake dusting may be applied directly to the cake or to a frosted cake. The most common ingredients used for dusting are powdered sugar and cocoa powder, but other ingredients, such as cinnamon, sugar, and finely chopped nuts, can also be used.

  • What is the secret of soft cake?

    How to Prevent a Dry or Dense Cake

    1. Make use of Cake Flour. Reach for cake flour instead of all-purpose flour.
    2. Add Sour Cream.
    3. Room Temperature Butter / Don’t Over-Cream.
    4. Add a Touch of Baking Powder or Baking Soda.
    5. Add Oil.
    6. Don’t Over-Mix.
    7. Don’t Over-Bake.
    8. Brush With Simple Syrup/Other Liquid.
  • What is the difference between chocolate cake and devil Foods cake?

    Devil’s food cake is sometimes distinguished from other chocolate cakes by the use of additional baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), which raises the pH level and makes the cake a deeper and darker mahogany color. Devil’s food cake has less egg and more butter (or a replacement) than other chocolate cakes.