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Cherry Dr Pepper Cupcake Recipe

Dr Pepper Fans Will Love These Soda-Filled Cupcakes

If you've never had a soda cake before, you're missing out. Adding a little Dr Pepper to the batter creates fluffy, light, and delicately sweet treats. The hint of cherry and soda gummies take this recipe to a whole other level. You need to make this ASAP!

For more sweet cupcakes, check out our Surprise-Inside Lucky Charms Cupcakes.

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

From Brandi Milloy, POPSUGAR Food

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes


  1. For cupcakes:
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 (12-ounce) bottle Dr Pepper Made With Cane Sugar
    1 cup unsalted butter
    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 large eggs
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. For icing:
    1/2 cup butter
    5 cups powdered sugar
    1/2 cup cream cheese
    5 tablespoons Dr Pepper
    1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  1. Garnishes:
    Maraschino cherries, for garnish
    Dr Pepper gummy candies, for garnish


  1. To make cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cupcake tin with wrappers.
  2. Into a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, add Dr Pepper, butter, and cocoa powder. Cook for a couple minutes until a boil starts to form. Pour into flour mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla until blended. Add to batter and mix. Pour into cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. To make icing: Into a medium-size bowl, whip butter until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar, followed by cream cheese. Then slowly beat in Dr Pepper and cherry juice.
  6. To assemble: Frost cupcakes and garnish with Dr Pepper or cola gummy, maraschino cherry, and a small straw.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kyle Hartman
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