In the 1880s, at the Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store, a pharmacist spent hours mixing medicines for people in the small city of Waco, Texas. Charles Alderton also, as a part of his work, served patrons at the drug store’s soda fountain. He created soft drinks and ice cream sodas by mixing soda syrups and carbonated water.
The young man was creative and ambitious. He loved the smell of the drug store, with the lingering fragrances of various fruit syrups used for making soft drinks for patrons. He wanted to create a drink that tasted the way that the drug store smelled. After copious trials and by using detailed records, he finally hit on a recipe that seemed exactly right.
Dr Pepper Cake Recipe
- 9-Inch Cake Pan
- Medium-Sized Bowl
- Small saucepan
- Wire whisk
- Large bowl
- Electric Mixer
- Rubber Spatula
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1½ teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 cup Dr. Pepper
- ½ cup Chocolate Chips
- 2 pcs Large Eggs
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 1 cup Canola Oil
- 1½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- ¾ cup Butter-Flavored Shortening
- 6 tbsp Softened Butter
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- ¼ cup Cocoa
- ¼ cup Dr. Pepper
- 1½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease and flour two nine-inch cake pan, setting them aside until you need them.
- Into a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, and baking soda. Set this bowl aside.
- In a small saucepan, heat the Dr. Pepper on the stove over medium heat. When the soda is steaming, add the chocolate chips and stir the mixture until the chocolate is melted and it is a smooth, chocolatey syrup. Don’t boil the mixture; just heat it gently to melt the chocolate. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixture, beat the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla on medium speed for two minutes.
- Mixing on low with the electric mixer, slowly add the Dr Pepper and chocolate mixture, beating it for an additional minute. A little at a time, add the dry ingredients and beat for an additional two minutes.
- Using a rubber spatula, scoop about half of the cake batter into one of the cake pans, spreading it into an even layer. Repeat with the other pan.
- Place the pans in the center of your preheated oven and bake the cakes for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
- Let the cakes cool on in the pans for about 15 minutes and then take the cakes from the pans, letting them sit on wire racks until completely cool.
- Allow the cakes to cool for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until they are completely cool before frosting them.
- To create the frosting, beat together the butter and the shortening until they are light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and the cocoa. Add the Dr. Pepper and the vanilla, beating at high speed. The frosting should be light and fluffy at this point.
- Spread the frosting in an even layer on the top and sides of the cake, creating a double layer cake with icing between the two layers. Slice the cake into slices and serve.
April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is “Are you hungry?” and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.