Dr Pepper Cupcakes
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
My coworker Kayci and I both share a love of Dr Pepper. Our office mainly carries Coca Cola products which don't interest either of us. So when I noticed her birthday was coming up, I knew I needed to make a dessert that featured this product. I did a little research and learned this soda has the same effect as coffee does on chocolate. It sounds strange but Dr Pepper actually enhances the chocolate flavor. This meant I could use the same base recipe I did for the chocolate tres leches cake.
For this recipe I'm not including a buttercream because I had problems with my refrigerator all week so I had to go buy frosting to decorate with. Once I get back on track with everything I may come back and add a buttercream recipe that should pair nicely. I went for a basic vanilla frosting to make it more of a Vanilla Dr Pepper Cupcake. You could also do cherry or really any frosting you want that pairs with chocolate. I will tell you later in the post my tips for decorating them.
Let's get started on these cupcakes!!
Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a cupcake pan (or two if you only have six cup pans like me) with cooking spray and cupcake liners.
In a bowl combine together the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda together. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, melted butter, 1/2 Cup of water and Dr Pepper. Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Now add in the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and mix it all up.
Once the batter is made, fill up your cupcake tin making sure not to fill them up all the way. They need space to rise. Bake them for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle. Let them cool until they are cool to the touch. If you try to decorate with warm cupcakes, the frosting will start to melt and ruin your decorating work.
You can tell I started on one track and finished on another with decorating. I originally used a #28 icing tip but found I liked the look better with no tip. It gave it a more foamy look overall which is what I was going for. After I frosted the cupcake, I added on a mix of white sprinkles to the top. I wanted it to look like fizz on top. Then I found some paper party straws and cut them to size. Place one in each cupcake. There is a way to make chocolate straw like things but, I haven't learned much chocolate work. It's on my list of things I want to learn how to do.
That's it!! Now just enjoy those cupcakes.