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Dr Pepper Cupcakes Recipes

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Add this Dr Pepper Cupcakes Recipes to the top of your baking list! It’s my favorite cupcake recipe made with Dr. Pepper and I think that it might be yours too! The next time you’re craving light and fluffy cupcakes, make this! Be sure to check out all my other cupcake recipes as well.

Who knew that adding a cup of Dr Pepper would create something like this?! I used to only drink my Dr. Pepper soda, but now I like to bake with it as well.

Once you let the cupcakes cool completely and fill the piping bag with frosting, you’re well on your way to eating them very very soon! They’re so good!

Dr Pepper Cupcakes Recipes

I love that I’m able to use a boxed cake mix for this recipe. It cuts down on the prep time and makes it a breeze. I also like using cake mixes because it means that you can change up the flavor of the cake easily as well.

My boys love drinking the soda so it just seemed like a no-brainer to make this cupcake recipe! I can tell you that they loved it so much that now they help me make it so that I bake them more often!

What is the toothpick test?

This is a great way to test and see if the cupcakes are done. All you need to do is put a clean toothpick into the middle of the baked cupcakes and see if it comes out clean. If it does, the cupcakes are done and need to be taken out of the oven.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Soda Cupcake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

It’s the perfect time to give meal planning a try! You’re going to love how simple it is to meal plan with my style below! It’s a very easy way to create a simple meal.

Main Dish: Blue Cheese and Turkey Club Sandwich

Vegetable Side: Easy Grilled Vegetable Recipes

Starch Side: Oven Steak Fries Recipe

Refreshing Drink: Super Tasty Blue Mocktail Recipes

Best Cake Mix Recipes:

Once you make this Boxed Cake Cupcake Recipe, you’re going to love the ease! This is why I’ve gathered up some of my favorites that I can’t wait for you to try. Using boxed cake mixes makes everything better!

Check out this Patriotic Cake Mix Cookies Recipe! It’s the perfect cookie recipe!

I love all of these Red Velvet Box Cake Mix Recipes! So many yummy treats to choose from.

It doesn’t get any better than these easy Cake Mix Cookies!

This list of desserts is all made using Strawberry Cake Mix!

You’re going to love these Valentine’s Cake Mix Cookies.

My tastebuds crave this Turtle Cupcakes Recipe from a Cake Mix!

Check out the simplicity of this Cake Mix Christmas Monster Cookies Recipe!

What is the trick to adding frosting to cupcakes?

The biggest thing is that you need to let them cool completely before frosting. Cool cupcakes are a must or the icing is going to slide right off. You don’t have to let them cool to room temperature completely, but pretty close!

If you don’t want to add frosting, you can sprinkle on some cocoa powder and powdered sugar as well for a less sweet flavor.

Why is my frosting melting on my cupcakes?

Imagine eagerly anticipating the moment when you can take a bite of your freshly decorated cupcake, only to find that the frosting has melted into a gooey mess.

While frustrating, this common issue can be mitigated by understanding the science behind frosting melting. The primary culprit is often humidity and heat, which can cause the butter in the frosting to soften and lose shape.

Additionally, using too much liquid in the frosting recipe can also result in a less stable mixture.

To avoid this problem, ensure that your cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting them and consider using stabilized whipped cream or cream cheese frosting as alternatives to traditional buttercream.

By taking these steps, you can ensure your cupcakes look just as delicious as they taste.

Why do people add soda to cake or cupcake mixes?

Have you ever wondered why recipes for cakes and cupcakes often call for soda to be added to the mix? The answer lies in a simple chemical reaction. When the baking soda in the mix is combined with the acidic ingredients in the soda, a chemical reaction occurs that causes the mixture to rise, creating a lighter and fluffier texture in the finished product.

This process, known as leavening, has been used in baking for thousands of years and is what gives baked goods their characteristic rise and texture.

So next time you’re baking up a batch of cupcakes, don’t be afraid to add a little soda to the mix for that perfect texture and delicious flavor.

How do I freeze baked cupcakes?

Freezing baked cupcakes is a great way to extend their shelf life, allowing you to enjoy them for longer periods of time.

To freeze cupcakes, first, allow them to cool to room temperature. Next, place them in an airtight container or a freezer bag, being sure to remove as much air as possible.

You can also wrap individual cupcakes in plastic wrap before placing them in the container or bag.

When ready to enjoy, simply remove the cupcakes from the freezer and allow them to thaw at room temperature for a few hours before frosting or serving.

It’s important to note that freezing can change the texture of the cupcakes slightly, so it’s best to consume them within a month of freezing.

By following these simple steps, you can freeze baked cupcakes and enjoy them at your leisure.

Do I freeze frosted or unfrosted cupcakes?

Are you wondering whether to freeze your cupcakes before or after frosting them? While you can freeze both frosted and unfrosted cupcakes, the best way to store them for long periods is by freezing them without frosting.

By doing this, the cupcakes will retain their texture and remain moist. You can frost them after thawing, and they will still taste as delicious as the day you baked them.

However, if you need to freeze already frosted cupcakes, then ensure that the frosting is well-covered to prevent freezer burn.

It’s recommended to use airtight containers or wrap them in plastic wrap before storing them in the freezer. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your cupcakes anytime you like.

How do I thaw frozen cupcakes?

Whether you’ve baked a batch of cupcakes to save for later or received a shipment of frozen treats, thawing your cupcakes correctly is important for their flavor, texture, and appearance.

To properly thaw frozen cupcakes, begin by moving them from the freezer to the fridge. This allows them to defrost slowly and safely, without any drastic changes in temperature.

Depending on the size of your cupcakes, they may need anywhere from a few hours to overnight to defrost completely.

Once they’re thawed, you can serve them as is or give them a quick refresh in the oven or microwave.

By following these steps, your frozen cupcakes will taste just as delicious as they did when they were freshly baked.

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Dr Pepper Cupcakes Recipes

Dr Pepper Cupcakes Recipes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Dr. Pepper Cupcakes really do taste like the soda!


Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼-1 ¾ cups Dr. Pepper soda
  • 2 cups cocoa powder
  • cupcake liners

Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of softened salted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon half and half/whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dr. Pepper soda
  • piping bag and tip
  • Paper straws
  • Red sanding sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the cupcake liners to the cupcake pan.
  2. Add the cake mix to a bowl and mix in the eggs, old, and soda on medium speed with a mixer. Add 1 cup of cocoa powder.
  3. Put the batter into the liners about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool.


  1. Cream the butter with a mixer in a bowl. This will take about 2 minutes.
  2. Mix in the cocoa powder and syrup.
  3. Add the half and half and soda together in a different bowl. (this is important!)
  4. Mix the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time while pouring in a little bit of the liquid mixture between each cup of sugar. Mix for 1-2 minutes but don't mix it too much.
  5. Put in the piping bag and frost. Add sanding sugar and straw.

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