Sunday, February 18, 2018

Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake (With Video)

Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake is an incredibly flavorful cherry chocolate cake recipe with just 5 ingredients that will blow your mind!

Chocolate Cherry Dr Pepper Cake

I almost called this a chocolate dump cake, because from frosting to cake, this simple Dr Pepper cake using cake mix takes just 5 ingredients and it is perhaps the easiest and tastiest cake ever. The rich, decadent and perfectly tender cake melts in your mouth. Topped with homemade maraschino cherry frosting is it truly a flavor explosion. And it is and ready to toss in the oven in a flash.

Truly a mouthwatering dessert, now please excuse me while I take a moment to gather my thoughts.  All I can think about is this cake.  {{slurp}}

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Dr Pepper Cake Using Cake Mix

Don't cherries make you think of summer? I am not sure what the connection is but bright red cherries automatically bring my mind to summer and that is exactly what I was thinking when I picked up some Dr. Pepper Cherry.

I knew right away I wanted to make a delicious treat with Dr. Pepper Cherry. I mean really isn't that the best idea ever? I had heard about dump cakes and I decided to give it a try, but kick it up a notch.

You know, bold flavors are kinda part of who I am so I added the Dr Pepper Cherry soda and maraschino cherries to the cake mix and then made a super easy maraschino cherry buttercream to go on top. All with just 5 ingredients.  This cake is truly outrageous. Rich, moist and loaded with your favorite flavors.

Oh my word! I tell you this cake tastes just like summer.

dr pepper chocolate cake with a can of dr pepper

Helpful Tips to Make Cherry Dr Pepper Cake:

  • I know people love diet soda, but this is not the place for it.
  • You can substitute Cherry Coke if you prefer, but the Cherry Dr Pepper gives it an amazing flavor.
  • To avoid pink fingers, wear kitchen gloves when working with the cherries.
  • This cake keeps for about 3-4 days on the kitchen counter wrapped tightly with plastic wrap. During the summer, or if your kitchen is warm, store in the refrigerator.
eatting Dr Pepper Cake close up

What you will need to make Cherry Dr Pepper Dump Cake:

    • 9x13 baking pan – the perfect pan for blondies, brownies and many other delicious desserts. I love this one with the cover.

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    a fork full of cherry chocolate cake
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    See how easy it is to make  Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake. Watch the video!!!

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    Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake

    Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake is an incredibly flavorful cherry chocolate cake recipe with just 5 ingredients that will blow your mind!
    prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins


    • 1 (15.25 ounce) box super moist chocolate fudge cake mix (dry)
    • 12 ounces Dr. Pepper Cherry (room temperature)
    • 1 (18 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, divided
    • 2 (1 cup) sticks salted butter (room temperature)
    • 7 cups powdered sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13x2 baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl combine cake mix and soda. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
    3. Remove 24 cherries from the jar, remove stems and cut cherries into fourths. Add cut cherries to cake batter. Whisk again until combined. 
    4. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth with a spatula so the cake is even.
    5. Place the cake in the center of the oven and bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    6. Meanwhile: Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or place in a large bowl and use and hand mixer).
    7. Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    8. Add sugar 1 cup at a time until it is all incorporated (beating between each addition).
    9. Add 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) maraschino cherry juice from the jar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
    10. Frost the cake with all of the icing and garnish with remaining cherries.
    1. Do not add the ingredients that the cake mix calls for. This recipe is just for the dry mix.
    2. If icing is too thick, add more cherry juice 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency, beating in between each addition.
    3. If it is too thin add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency, beating in between each addition.

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    1. Made as a bundt cake, and make a glaze using the same ingredients as the frosting. Much lighter! Delicious.

      1. Gonna make it as a bundt cake as well, and drizzle the frosting so hopefully it takes away some of the the extra sweetness!!!

    2. Thinking of trying this recipe in cupcakes. Anyone else tried it????

    3. omg. that's like heaven. really.

    4. I made this yesterday--we loved it. Next time I will make 2/3 of the icing, it was just a little too thick for us. I think the icing would be great on brownies too! I used a 16 oz jar of cherries and had plenty.

      1. I used extra cherries in cake and love the extra frosting (used extra juice in it and it was yummy).

    5. Looks and sounds like something I would love!! Pinning it!!

    6. I made this with a gluten free cake mix and it worked really well, but the Dr. Pepper taste was not very prominent. The chocolate and cherry components were spot on and everyone loved it and didn't realize they were missing the gluten!

      1. which brand of gf cake mix did you use? and did you uses the same amounts of everything?

      2. I will make this tomorrow using Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Devil's Food cake mix and I won't need to change anything else about the recipe. Good luck!

    7. I did end up making cupcakes and baking 18 minutes. Waaaaay too much frosting. Will cut it in half next time. My family loved this recipe!!!

    8. I was the queen of the birthday party! My grand daughter asked for a chocolate birthday cake for her 11th birthday. I showed up with this and she was thrilled. Everyone was so impressed. They couldn't believe I used cherry Dr. Pepper to make the cake. I will make this again and again. Can hardly wait until the next birthday! Someone just has to have a birthday any day now.


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