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Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

September 8th, 2011 · 47 Comments · cupcake, Dessert, Just for Fun

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes | #drpepper #cupcake #bsinthekitchen

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….

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes | #drpepper #cupcake #bsinthekitchen

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

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes | #drpepper #cupcake #bsinthekitchen

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!

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes | #drpepper #cupcake #bsinthekitchen

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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  • Joanne F

    Thought so but wanted to be sure! THANKS!!!! My hubby and kids are really excited about this recipe, hope I don’t mess it up! <3

  • Joanne F

    Licorice pipes? Red or black? Sorry if that is a dumb question! Thanks!

  • Kristy

    Tried these tonight. The plain cupcakes were delicious. The icing on the other hand… I worked on the reduction for almost an hour and it just wouldn’t get to the consistency I wanted. Also the icing kept seperating 🙁 I’m sure technical mistakes on my part added to this failure but I just couldn’t get this recipe to work well.

    • bsinthekitchen

      The icing does take a bit of love while tasting and adding as you see fit. For the reduction, did you add lots of sugar to it? When I made mine it was like almost making caramels – tricky because heat and consistency has to be pretty accurate.

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  • Vrej mekhjian

    Hi! I tried the frosting recipe and I have a few questions. I used about 2 & 1/2 cups of powdered sugar (I don’t know how close that is in to relation with your 1 bag if you could please let me know 🙂 ). Everything came pretty close to dr pepper except the texture of my frosting was no where near your pictures. I noticed that the carbonation of dr pepper kind of takes away from the smoothness of the icing. If you or anyone knows how to fix this, it would be a perfect icing! Thanks!

  • Vicki Wilson

    You’re a very sweet person! L is very lucky to have these delicious cupcakes! The icing looks very delicious and really mouth watering. And thank you for sharing the recipe. 🙂

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