When Harry said he wanted a Dr Pepper party , I remembered the Dr Pepper cake my grandmother used to make back in the 70s. And while I love to make cakes (CAKES!), my cakes are historically and epically super ugly. This is normally a fine thing, as cake is primarily for eating…but birthday cakes intimidate me, as they have a lot more to visually and aesthetically achieve. I’m not awesome at decorating cakes. I’d worry about that later.
But first, the cake.
DR PEPPER CAKE RECIPE
What’ You’ll Need For the Cake:
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups Dr Pepper
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla (don’t double this)
For the Icing:
3/4 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup Dr Pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
What You’ll Do:
Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour a large sheet cake pan. In one bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa and baking soda.
In a completely different area, pour the Dr Pepper into a saucepan and add the chocolate chips. Heat on low, stirring often, until the chips are just melted. Pull off the heat and set aside.
Then mix together the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla in a bowl for about two minutes. When that’s nicely mixed, carefully add the Dr Pepper-chocolate mixture and continue mixing until everything is completely mixed. With lots of mixing.
This is another shot of Harry melting the Dr Pepper in with the chocolate chips on the stove. Because he liked this part best and tried to draw it out as long as possible.
Then gradually add the dry ingredients from the first bowl. Remember that bowl? You need that stuff. Once that’s all mixed in, you’re basically done. Go You. And the batter is ready. I dare you to not eat a spoonful of this batter. And don’t feel bad about it because that is an impossible dare.
Pour the batter into the sheet cake pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for a bit, then get ready to flip the pan over onto a cooling rack. You are a genius.
To make frosting, put the shortening and butter in a mixer bowl and beat it for a while. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa, and continue mixing until combined. Stir together the Dr Pepper and vanilla and very slowly pour it into the frosting, beating with the mixer on high speed to thin it a bit. Continue beating until it is the consistency you’d like.
Now add the icing and decorate. Instead of trying do any fancy with icing, I used some recycled invites. Again. I cut out the bowling graphics on some extra invitations, washi taped them onto toothpicks, and it worked out just fine. We added some sugar sprinkles, candles and extra Dr Pepper Jelly Beans, and we were ready to go.
And the cake tasted amazing.
You’ll like it.