Friday, June 10, 2016

Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake

Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake is a incredibly flavorful cake with just 5 ingredients. From top to bottom, this recipe 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}}

I have such fond memories of my childhood. We really enjoyed the all American summers back in the day. My whole family spent just about every weekend at the beach or out fishing. Growing up in Florida,  beautiful beaches were all around us. It was the perfect place to go with a family of 7 and we always had a handful of friends tag along to enjoy a fun summer day with our family.

We always had so much fun. We swam like fish and strolled the beach. We would play beach volleyball, football or frisbee and really work up an appetite. My mom packed the best beach meals! Burgers and all the fixin's for grilling, and a cooler of drinks and snacks.  We always had a late lunch and stayed to watch the sunset.

Well, the younger crew was usually wiped out from all the fun and waiting to go home, but every time...  I sat on the beach absorbing every moment. Listening to the waves crashing on the beach and enjoying a sweet treat as the sun seemed to dissolve into the gulf. Then it was time to head home.

Well, it is time for me to head back home. We are off to Florida this summer and I can not wait to share some of my favorite memories with Munchkin. Summer fun and sandy beaches along with my favorite summer treats. Like cherries.

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 from Safeway.

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 and maraschino cherries right into the cake 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.


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Outrageous  C
herry Dr Pepper Cake
SERVES 20  |  ACTIVE TIME 20 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 2 Hours 50 Min

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

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13x2 baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine cake mix and soda. Whisk until combined. Set aside.

Remove 24 cherries from the jar, remove stems and cut cherries into fourths. Add cut cherries to cake batter. Whisk again until combined.  Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Smooth with spatula so cake is even. Place cake in the center of the oven and bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Place baking pan on a cooling rack and allow cake (still in pan) to cool, about 2 hours. If you need to rush that you can pop it in the fridge or the freezer.

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). Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar 1 cup at a time until it is all incorporated (beating between each addition). Add 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) maraschino cherry juice from the jar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Frost the cake with all of the icing and garnish with remaining cherries.

Serve and enjoy!

COOK'S NOTES: Do not add the ingredients that the cake mix calls for. This recipe is just for the dry mix.

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.

If it is too thin add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency, beating in between each addition.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2015 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The opinions and text are all mine.


  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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