Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake

February 18, 2019
Dr. Pepper fans, this Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake is for you!  With Dr. Pepper in both the cake itself and the fudgy icing, it brings a wonderful little hint of cherry to the cake ... just like in every sip of the Dr. Pepper soft drink itself.
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I don't drink much soda, but when I do?  A nice cold Dr. Pepper is my top choice.  I just love its hint of cherry flavor.  

Yes, Dr. Pepper is certainly one of my guilty pleasures in life.

So what better way to enjoy it than mixed with my absolute favorite of life's indulgences ~ chocolate.  In the form of this very delicious Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake.

Not only does Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake taste fantastic, it starts with a boxed cake mix ... which makes it super quick and easy to make.

You use Dr. Pepper in both the cake itself and the fudgy icing when preparing this cake, bringing a wonderful hint of cherry to the cake ... just like in every sip of Dr. Pepper itself.

Not only does Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake taste fantastic, it starts with a boxed cake mix ... which makes it super quick and easy to make.

A big old slice is perfect for enjoying for just about any occasion.  And this cake is always a hit to bring for potlucks, too.

Dr. Pepper Chocolate Sheet Cake in the Baking Pan Image

So let's take a look at just how easy Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake is to make.

For the cake itself, start with a boxed Devil’s Food cake mix.  You'll need the amount of eggs and oil noted on the cake mix package, plus some Dr. Pepper and a bit of almond extract to prepare the cake. 

Almond extract combines with the chocolate and Dr. Pepper beautifully to create a really wonderful flavor combination in the finished cake.

Ingredients to Make Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake Image

When you prepare the cake mix, follow the directions on the box, but replace the water it calls for with the same amount of Dr. Pepper instead.  Also, add in 1 & 1/4 teaspoons of almond extract, too. 

Mix everything together, pour the batter into a 9x13-inch pan, and bake as directed on the cake mix package.

Once the cake is baked, set it aside to cool.

Chocolate Sheet Cake Image

Easy so far, right?

Well, the super-tasty fudgy icing that beautifully glazes the top is just as easy to make as the cake!

For the fudgy icing, grab some butter, powdered sugar, baking cocoa, Dr. Pepper, and a bit of almond extract ...

Ingredients to Make Dr. Pepper Chocolate Icing Image

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Then add the powdered sugar, a little Dr. Pepper, some cocoa, and a tiny bit of almond extract.

Stir this all together and bring it to a boil over medium to medium-high heat, stirring it very frequently so it doesn't scorch on the bottom of the pan.

The super-tasty fudgy icing that beautifully glazes the top is just as easy to make as the cake!

Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat slightly and let it boil for 1 minute.  While it's boiling, be sure to stir the icing constantly so it doesn't burn.  After the minute of boiling, remove the cooked icing from the heat and allow it to cool at room temperature for 25 minutes.

While the icing is still warm, pour it over evenly over the cake to completely cover the top.

You may need to gently spread it a little with a small spatula to get an even covering ... but if you do need to spread it, do so quickly.  Once the chocolate icing starts to set, it gets gloppy when you try to spread it.  And it starts to set pretty quickly.

Pouring Chocolate Icing on Top of Chocolate Cake Image

Immediately sprinkle the top of the cake with chopped pecans (or walnuts would work, too).

Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake Topped with Chopped Pecans Image

And that's it!

With just these few simple-to-do steps, Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake is ready to enjoy.

So Dr. Pepper fans, give this tasty cake a whirl.  With Dr. Pepper in both the cake itself and the fudgy icing, it brings a wonderful little hint of cherry to the cake ... just like in every sip of our beloved Dr. Pepper itself. 

And for my North Carolina and other Southern-state fans, you can easily make this a Cheerwine Chocolate Cake, too!

Chocolate Cake Made with Dr. Pepper Image
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Yield: 12-16 servings
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Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake

Dr. Pepper fans, this Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake is for you! With Dr. Pepper in both the cake itself and the fudgy icing, it brings a wonderful little hint of cherry to the cake ... just like in every sip of the Dr. Pepper soft drink itself.
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 60 M

ingredients:

Cake:
Icing:
  • 2 ½ c. confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/3 c. Dr. Pepper
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • about 1/3 c. chopped pecans

instructions:

How to cook Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake

  1. CAKE: In a mixing bowl, place cake mix and preparation ingredients noted on the cake mix package, replacing the water with Dr. Pepper. Add 1 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Mix together and bake as directed on the cake mix package in a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Set baked cake aside to cool.
  3. ICING: Melt butter in a saucepan. Add powdered sugar, 1/3 cup Dr. Pepper, cocoa, and ¼ teaspoon almond extract. Stir together and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat, stirring very frequently. Reduce heat slightly and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature for 25 minutes.
  5. Pour the warm icing over the cake, spreading as needed to evenly cover the cake. Immediately sprinkle with chopped pecans.
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4 comments

  1. Can diet Dr. Pepper be used in this chocolate cake?

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  2. Hello there Tracy, I noticed you this recipe is for making a sheet cake. Can I also use this recipe to make a layered round cake? Thank you...Mary Davis

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    1. Sure can! You'd just need to reduce the baking time a bit since there's less batter in each pan when baking for a layer cake. Let us know how it turns out!

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