If you like Dr. Pepper, you'll probably love this cake that's loaded with cocoa and chocolate. The soda amplifies the rich flavor of the chocolate. Yes, it sounds like a bizarre mix, but it's good. Add your favorite nuts as a variation. Think about it as a twist on a soda fountain favorite, a chocolate Coke. (You can even make a Coke chocolate cake by substituting Coca-Cola for the Dr. Pepper.)
This recipe can be found in "Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse" by John Stage and Nancy Radke.
- For the Cake:
- 2 cups flour (sifted)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar (dark)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup Dr. Pepper
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- For the Frosting:
- 3/4 cup shortening (butter-flavored vegetable shortening)
- 6 tablespoons butter (unsalted, softened)
- 4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Dr. Pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Make the Cake
- Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, tapping out any extra flour.
- Sift together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa and baking soda into a bowl and set aside.
- Pour the Dr. Pepper into a saucepan and add the chocolate chips. Heat on low, stirring often, until the chips are just melted. Pull off the heat and set aside.
- Combine the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla in a mixer bowl and mix on medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes.
- With the mixer running, slowly pour in the Dr. Pepper-chocolate mixture and continue beating until combined, about 1 minute.
- With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more.
- Divide the batter between the two round cake pans.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool the layers in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and flip the pans over onto a cooling rack. Gently lift off the pans and let the cake layers cool completely.
Make the Frosting
- Beat the shortening and butter in a mixer bowl until soft and fluffy.
- Add the powdered sugar and cocoa and continue mixing until combined.
- Stir together the Dr. Pepper and vanilla and very slowly pour it into the frosting, beating with the mixer on high speed to thin it a bit. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
- Set the first layer, top down, on a flat plate. Spread 1 cup of the frosting on top. Top with the second cake layer and spread the rest of the frosting on the top and sides of the cake, making attractive swirls.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||47 g|
|Saturated Fat||14 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||24 g|
|Dietary Fiber||8 g|