This dessert is a Texas specialty—Dr. Pepper is made in the great state of TX, after all—and it’s easily my favorite chocolate dessert EVER! There are so many recipes for this cake floating around out there, and I’ve tried quite a few of them. This recipe is THE BEST, trust me. It’s also an easier version than most (there’s a little cheating involved). I usually make it in cake form (using two 8” cake pans), but since I was making these for a party, I went with the more fun cupcake option. This recipe makes about 2 dozen delicious cupcakes, or 1 decadent two layer cake.
Oh, and a big thank you to my friends back home in Texas, The Selenskys, for bringing this cake into my life!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Ingredients for the cake are as follows:
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix (I always use Betty Crocker Super Moist, let’s be honest, Betty knows what’s up)
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs (room temperature)
12 oz. can Dr. Pepper (room temperature)
Mix your dry ingredients first, then gradually add in the wet ingredients. Beat until the mixture is smooth and lump free.
Pour your batter into lined cupcake pans—and it’s moist enough that you don’t need to spray the paper liners. I use a 1/3 measuring cup to fill them. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, just do the toothpick test and make sure it comes out of the cake cleanly.
Once you remove them from the oven, leave the cupcakes in the pan for about 10 minutes to cool, then pop them out onto a cooling rack until they’re ready for some frosting.
Ingredients for the frosting are as follows:
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1 stick butter (softened)
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups powdered sugar (add more for a thicker frosting)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Cream together your butter and cream cheese, add your cocoa powder, then gradually add your powdered sugar. Add the vanilla last. Oh, and an unnecessary step: I also like to throw in a little splash (about 1 tbsp) of Dr. Pepper, just to thin out the frosting a tad and give it a little “something.” Lastly, you should try a little sample… because you can’t help yourself… and you want to make sure the frosting tastes right.
If your cupcakes are cooled, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and ice them! And get ready to taste a little piece of chocolate-y heaven (or 2 pieces… or 3). I don’t know how Dr. Pepper does it, but this cake is the moistest chocolate cake I’ve ever had. Hope y’all enjoy!