Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

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Well BS’ers it looks like I’ve been challenged to another ‘Iron Chef’ recipe – to make Dr. Pepper flavoured cupcakes for a pregnant lady at work whose had non-stop cravings for DP. So L, these cupcakes are for you and the soon-to-be-Dr.Pepper’s-Number-One-Fan. All the best in the last few days of your pregnancy and can’t wait to meet the little turk! Let’s get to the recipe….

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For the cake batter, I once again went back to the reliable Saucy Sprinkle’s basic cupcake recipe, but this time, substituted  Dr. Pepper for the water:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of Dr. Pepper

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Pour the batter into cupcake liners and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. Then you can get started on the icing – where things really start to get interesting. This icing recipe also doesn’t have overly specific measurements, so it’s a dash-and-taste recipe. Add each ingredient in dashes, tasting as you go along until you get something you like:
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 kg bag+ of Icing Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Dr. Pepper
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp Maraschino cherry juice
  • dashes/to taste: finely, finely, finely, finely ground pepper
  • dashes/to taste: nutmeg
  • dashes/to taste: ginger
  • dashes/to taste: grated liquorice pipes
  • dashes/to taste: lemon juice
  • dashes/to taste: apple flavouring
  • Dr. Pepper Reduction (bring 2 cups of Dr.Pepper and 1 cup of sugar to boil and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes) – add to taste

**UPDATE** It seems that some people are having trouble with the reduction (they can be tricky!), when you are making your icing, and have completed the reduction, carefully add it into the icing. If you add too much, your icing may end up being too runny, so slowly add, and stop once you have reached your desired consistency. Drizzle the rest of the reduction over your cupcakes like in the photos! If the reduction scares you, it’s perfectly okay to omit it, the cupcakes will still taste awesome!

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There you go people – a mish-mash of flavours, but in the end, an icing that is pretty damn similar to Dr. Pepper. Ice onto the cupcakes & enjoy!

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