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Once upon a time I was on a 4,000 calorie diet per day. Of which, 2,000 calories consisted of Dr Pepper. I didn’t realize that liquids had calories and thankfully I had a superb metabolism. Dr Pepper pretty much fueled my existence. Now that I’m in Texas, I feel even more of a kinship with my (still) favorite drink, born in the Lone Star State. What better drink for a summer #BackyardBash than Dr Pepper? But there is no need to stick to drinks. Here is a fabulous (and easy) recipe for a one of a kind Double Chocolate Dr Pepper Cake and (also easy) Dr Pepper lanterns to light up your patio.
The cake is so simple that it doesn’t need a recipe. Grab one chocolate cake mix of any variety and a pack of Dr Pepper. I got both at Walmart along with the votive candles for the lanterns. Add a can of room temperature Dr Pepper to the chocolate cake mix and stir well. Add in half a bag of chocolate chips. Bake at 350 in a greased pan or pans for 20-30 minutes (depending on the pan) until a toothpick comes out clean. I used two round 9-inch pans and it took just over 20 minutes.
While the cake is baking, you can make the frosting AND the lanterns. I used two kinds of buttercream: vanilla Dr Pepper buttercream and chocolate Dr Pepper buttercream. The basic buttercream is two room temperature sticks of butter, 3 cups of confectioners sugar, and a few tablespoons of Dr Pepper to bring to the right consistency. For the chocolate buttercream, also use 3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder. I used the chocolate as filling and the vanilla Dr Pepper to frost the cake so I could make it pretty with a chocolate syrup drizzle and the rest of the bag of chocolate chips.
For the lanterns, take your empty Dr Pepper cans (I rinsed and dried mine) and used a sharp knife to cut out a fairly large chunk in the front. I’m not a perfectionist, but the can will bend and sometimes rip in a way that was uneven, so I trimmed it a bit more with kitchen shears after the hole was finished. Using either a dab of hot glue or a bit of putty, attach a votive candle to the bottom. Place them around your tabletops for your backyard bash and light them up as the sun goes down.
REMEMBER: the cans will get hot, so don’t try to move them once the candles are lit. Blow out the candles and let the cans cool a bit before handling. They look really pretty! It took me about four minutes to make one.
So simple, pretty, AND tasty! This cake was for my Dad’s birthday—fitting since he was the one who got me hooked on Dr Pepper in the first place. Happy birthday, Daddy! And happy summer with Dr Pepper.
- 1 chocolate cake mix
- 1 can Dr Pepper
- 1/2 bag chocolate chips
- 4 sticks butter
- 6 cups confectioner's sugar
- 6 T Dr Pepper
- 3 T cocoa
- Chocolate syrup for drizzle
- Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 round 9-inch pans.
- Mix 1 box chocolate cake and 1 can Dr Pepper. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into pans and bake 20-30 minutes until cooked through.
- Meanwhile make the frosting in two batches. For the Dr Pepper buttercream, mix two sticks room temperature butter and 3 cups confectioner's sugar with an electric mixer. Start slow and then cream. Add Dr Pepper 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting is the correct consistency. Place in a bowl. For the chocolate buttercream, do the same but with 3 tablespoons of baking cocoa.
- Use the chocolate between the two layers and coat the top with the Dr Pepper buttercream. Top with a chocolate drizzle and chocolate chips to be pretty.
- *You guys. I know it's a LOT of butter. You can cut down on the frosting, especially in the middle. I did have some left over. It is INTENSE. But if you're a buttercream person, this is for you.
- *The Dr Pepper taste was a little muted, so if you want, you could add a bit more to the frosting. I love Dr Pepper and would love it amped up a bit.