Dr. Pepper Cake

A few things they don’t teach you in college but they really should:

1.  Be charitable.  Give yourself: your time, your money, your thoughts, your prayers to someone in need.  The more you give, the more you will receive, but try not to think about that part too much.  I have a few friends (Seth and Lynn), that are seeking donations these days.

2. Don’t be so defensive.  I’m always wanting to ‘set the record straight’ or ‘get my side of the story out there.’  Don’t do it.  It doesn’t benefit you in the way you think it will.

3. Before making a big decision, get advice from as many people as possible.  You don’t have to take everyone’s advice, but it’s good to understand everyone’s perspective.  If, however, the person is your elder by quite a few years, you probably should take their advice.

4.  Buy whole life insurance (not term).  Just look into it, even if you think you’re too young.

5. If you ever find yourself in Waco, Texas, buy enough Dr Pepper made with real sugar to last you a lifetime.  I had no idea the post-college cravings I would have for this stuff.


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Dr. Pepper Cake
Makes 1 small 6" cake.
For the cake:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • ¼ cup Dr. Pepper (don't use diet)
For the frosting:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350, and grease a 6" round cake pan or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the butter and sugar until fluffy and well-combined, about 2 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In another small bowl, stir together the Dr. Pepper and buttermilk.
  5. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until lightly combined. Add half of the buttermilk-soda mixture and continue beating. Add another third of the flour mixture, followed by the last of the buttermilk-soda mixture. Finally, add the last of the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Scrap the batter into the cake pan, and bake on a baking sheet for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few crumbs clinging and the cake starts to pull away fromt he sides of the pan.
  7. Once you pull the cake from the oven, begin making the icing (and not a minute before). In a small bowl, melt the butter, cocoa powder and Dr. Pepper in the microwave. Once the butter is melted and the mixture slightly bubbles, pour in the powdered sugar and little at a time, whisking vigorously by hand. When all the powdered sugar is incorporated, pour the warm frosting over the warm cake. Let cool slightly before serving.



  1. says

    Good info. Really good info. I’m on my way to Waco for some real DP. I never drink it but definitely would for the real stuff. This. Is. Awesome.

  2. says

    I don’t normally drink soda (after beating a hardcore Diet Coke addiction) but I always make an exception for sodas sweetened with real sugar. The cake looks fabulous.

  3. says

    I made chocolate cola cupcakes recently and was amazed by how moist and delicious the soda makes the sponge…now I’ve got the bug I’ll definitely try this!

    ps that icing looks sooo good :-)

  4. says

    Number 2 is so true, I often find myself doing that at work and I really don’t think it does me any favours at all! I’ve never had Dr Pepper at all, let alone real Dr Pepper but I love cakes made with soda!

  5. Kristen Matton says

    Just loll. :) I’m just impressed to see the image of Dr. Pepper Cake. It is my favorite place. Love it and the no 3 is really very true to me. Thanks for this allocation.

  6. says

    this looks so good..i actually thought you were going to use the entire can and barely add anything else. i’m sure it’s yummy. totally agree with college lessons that should be taught. i think it’s a good time to learn about life before figuring it out the hard way.

  7. says

    Great advice! Number 2 is something I have to work on…naturally stubborn and prideful, I always have to prove I’m right, but this can be more harmful than it’s worth. My friend Faith would love you for advising on a life insurance policy – she sells insurance and thinks life insurance is the smartest thing in the world…I need to get on that. Your Dr. Pepper cake looks very tasty! Dr. Pepper is my second favorite soda – would love to give your recipe a shot.

  8. says

    Christina, it was wonderful to wake up to a dose of wise advice, along with a great cake recipe! I’m not much of a soda drinker, but the “throw back” versions of ANY of them taste SOOOO much better, especially Dr. Pepper!

  9. Taliah says

    I’ve been cooking cakes with soda, but diet soda lately (I’m on weight watchers) is there a reason why you shouldn’t use diet dr. pepper in this recipe?

    • says

      Hi Taliah! The only reason I say don’t use Diet is because I didn’t test it for this recipe. My concern is that the artificial sugar might have a weird chemical reaction. I’ve seen The Novice Chef Blog make brownies with diet cherry coke, so maybe it’ll still work? No guarantees! Let me know :)

  10. Taliah says

    Thank you so so so much for such a fast response!! I’m going to make it this weekend and have my tester (my boyfriend was forced to being my experiment tester, lol) try it out! I’ll let you know how it turns out!!

    Thank you so much! And your blog is fab!!

  11. Dena says

    Made this this weekend for my mom’s birthday – Dr. Pepper is her fav. You couldn’t taste the DP at all, but it was very moist and yummy and enjoyed by all. I love your small size recipes. It allowed me to make several recipes for my small party and we could all sample each one. Thanks!

  12. Amber says

    Yay! I love your website! I made this cake today & it came out perfectly! Just the right size for my family of 3. My only complaint, you need more recipes! ;) You should work on a Boston Cream Pie. That’s my fav. :)


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