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Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake

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What is your favorite part about summer? To me it is always the food. Having cook outs, firing up the grill and having friends and family over is what warm summer nights are all about! When I was a little kid I just loved summer so much. We were still in Chicago and I would get together with my cousins and we would just have a ball. Slip n slides, pool parties in those tiny plastic pools and pumping our legs harder and harder to go as fast as the wind down a hill by my house on our bikes. That’s what I think of when summer comes to mind. But, the sweets, they were (and still are!) my favorite! Ice cold fizzy sodas to quench our thirst when we were good was always a special treat on extra hot afternoons. Those special sodas are what inspired today’s post, a nod to my childhood!

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

I love Dr. Pepper, I have to be honest it isn’t one I normally grab on a quick trip to the gas station but making my recipes pop, that’s a different story. Dr. Pepper just has an extremely unique flavor. What is that?! Seriously… a mix of yummy warm spices come to mind and chocolate. Chocolate?! I know, but to me I pick up a slight chocolatey note to it. Maybe I’m just crazy but using Dr. Pepper in place of water in cakes and cupcakes just gives the recipe an extra flavor dimension. I was craving an extra special chocolate cake and well… I really wanted to wow Jeremy when he got home from work! (And he was definitely wowed…. I might have teased him with cake pictures while he was at work… oops.)

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

While I was at Walmart picking up all the ingredients I got my extra special  secret in the soda aisle!

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You can’t miss these Dr. Pepper products, they come in lots of flavors and I thought getting the Dr. Pepper Cherry would go amazingly well with the black forest cake I was going to make.

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

Now for the recipe, it looks like a lot of steps but it’s really not hard… trust me! I adapted the recipe for the cake from The Sweeting Spot and the frosting from I am Baker.

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake
 
 
Ingredients
Dr. Pepper Cake:
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (I used a traditional chocolate, use what you love!)
  • 1 Cup Dr. Pepper Cherry (or regular)
  • ½ Cup butter, unsatled, melted
  • 3 eggs
Dr. Pepper and Cherry Syrup:
  • 1 Cup fresh cherries, pitted
  • ½ Cup Dr. Pepper Cherry (or regular)
Dr. Pepper Frosting:
  • 4 Cup Dr. Pepper Cherry (or regular)
  • 1½ Cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 2½ Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • cherries and chocolate shavings for garnish
Instructions
Dr. Pepper Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to directions on back of cake mix. Mix all ingredients until combined, 2 minutes. Spoon into bundt cake pan and let cook to directions on back of package. Let cake cool on wired rack for 10 minutes then take cake out of the pan and on the wire rack to cool completely.
Cherry Syrup:
  1. While cake is cooking, make the syrup by placing all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and pour mixture through a fine mesh colander gently crushing the cherries to get as much juice out as your can. Will make about ½ Cup of liquid, place in fridge until ready to assemble cake.
Dr. Pepper Frosting:
  1. Place the Dr. Pepper in a pan on the stove and boil to reduce the liquid until only ½ Cup remains. This will take 25-30 minutes on high. Let cool completely before making the frosting.
  2. Cream the butter in a bowl and slowly add in the powdered sugar. When all the sugar is incorporated, add in the vanilla and whip on high for 4 minutes. Add in the Dr. Pepper very carefully on low speed. Set aside.
Cake Assembly:
  1. Carefully cut the cake into three layers. On the first layer, brush on the cherry syrup to your taste, you will need a little more than you think. Let it soak in this will keep the cake extra moist and add more cherry/Dr. Pepper kick. Using a piping bag or spatula, frost the cake layer, trying to make sure the outside will look pretty. Place the second cake layer on top, add more cherry syrup. Add another layer of the frosting. Add the top layer of cake and if desired, design with the frosting as you wish, top with cherries for garnish and chocolate shavings.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
The recipe for cherry syrup makes more than is needed. Keep it to add an extra kick to cocktails, for another cake or over ice cream!

Step by Step Directions

Preheat oven to directions on back of cake mix. Mix all ingredients until combined, 2 minutes. Spoon into bundt cake pan and let cook to directions on back of package. Let cake cool on wired rack for 10 minutes then take cake out of the pan and on the wire rack to cool completely.

Preheat oven to directions on back of cake mix. Mix all ingredients until combined, 2 minutes. Spoon into bundt cake pan and let cook to directions on back of package. Let cake cool on wired rack for 10 minutes then take cake out of the pan and on the wire rack to cool completely.

Place the Dr. Pepper in a pan on the stove and boil to reduce the liquid until only 1/2 Cup remains. This will take 25-30 minutes on high. Let cool completely before making the frosting. Cream the butter in a bowl and slowly add in the powdered sugar. When all the sugar is incorporated, add in the vanilla and whip on high for 4 minutes.

Place the Dr. Pepper in a pan on the stove and boil to reduce the liquid until only 1/2 Cup remains. This will take 25-30 minutes on high. Let cool completely before making the frosting.
Cream the butter in a bowl and slowly add in the powdered sugar. When all the sugar is incorporated, add in the vanilla and whip on high for 4 minutes.

Add in the Dr. Pepper very carefully on low speed. Set aside.

Add in the Dr. Pepper very carefully on low speed. Set aside.

arefully cut the cake into three layers. On the first layer, brush on the cherry syrup to your taste, you will need a little more than you think. Let it soak in this will keep the cake extra moist and add more cherry/Dr. Pepper kick.

Carefully cut the cake into three layers. On the first layer, brush on the cherry syrup to your taste, you will need a little more than you think. Let it soak in this will keep the cake extra moist and add more cherry/Dr. Pepper kick.

Using a piping bag or spatula, frost the cake layer, trying to make sure the outside will look pretty.

Using a piping bag or spatula, frost the cake layer, trying to make sure the outside will look pretty.

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

Place the second cake layer on top, add more cherry syrup. Add another layer of the frosting. Add the top layer of cake and if desired, design with the frosting as you wish, top with cherries for garnish and chocolate shavings.

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

Serve and enjoy!

Yummmm, and boy was Jeremy excited when he saw it! He had to have a piece right away.

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

He loved it of course, well at least he said he did… LOL! This recipe is definitely a keeper and has that extra somethin’ somethin’ that will make your guest ask what is that?! I love when that happens.

Dr. Pepper Black Forest Cake, layers of chocolate cake and buttercream flavored with Dr. Pepper Cherry and topped with fresh cherries!  #BackyardBash #shop

So what do you think? Do you like cakes that have soda in the mix??

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19 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Camille says:
    July 31, 2014

    I love how you used the Bundt pan to make this! It’s such a beautiful presentation!

  2. avatar
    July 31, 2014

    Stopping by from I’m Lovin’ It. Looks like I”m loving this cake too. Can’t be anything but delicious. Love everything cherry lately.

  3. avatar
    Bobbi says:
    July 31, 2014

    Yum….yum…and yum again! Holy Smokes 😉 I bet this tastes amazing!

    Pinning it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. avatar
    Judy K says:
    August 1, 2014

    Looks totally fabulous. Just a question though, is it actually 4 cups of Dr. Pepper in the frosting?

    • avatar
      Dana DeVolk says:
      August 1, 2014

      Yes but as the directions state, you boil that down to just 1/2 Cup

  5. avatar
    Adrian says:
    August 2, 2014

    It’s really beautiful! I bet it taste amazing!

  6. avatar
    August 4, 2014

    OH Dr. Pepper cake!!! Cute idea!

    Thanks for linking up to our Betwitchin Party! Be sure to come back every Sunday starting at 6am EST over at OurMiniFamily.com to link up your projects again!

    ~Cathy Mini~

  7. avatar
    August 7, 2014

    i had no idea you could swap soda for water in a cake recipe! Love the sound and look of this Dr Pepper Black Forest cake! I would have wanted a piece right away too!!

  8. avatar
    Emily says:
    August 9, 2014

    this is one of the most beautiful cakes ever!! WOW!! YOU are featured today over at Nap-Time Creations for the party features.. come on over and check it out!!!

  9. avatar
    August 9, 2014

    Wow! your cake looks amazing . Its absolutely beautiful and sounds delicious plus, I’m a big fan of Cherry Dr. Pepper! Thanks for sharing! I’m pinning it.
    Kim

  10. avatar
    Mary Ellen says:
    August 9, 2014

    Featuring this beautiful cake tomorrow at “Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party! It is gorgeous!

  11. avatar
    Kelly says:
    September 1, 2014

    How did you make the chocolate shavings? Your cake is beautiful! It sounds yummy! Thanks for posting it.

    • avatar
      Dana DeVolk says:
      September 1, 2014

      I bought then in a little bottle in the baking aisle, shhh! Hehe, thanks so much!

  12. avatar
    Sandra says:
    August 18, 2015

    This is one good looking cake! There’s a good chance that when I make this I’ll be the only one eating it. Guess that’s not the worst thing that could happen!

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