Have a Dr Pepper fan in your life? Then they’re going to love these! Rich chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with a hint of their favorite fizzy soda.

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About Dr Pepper Cupcakes

I talk a lot about the nerdy gaming nights an old friend of mine and I participate in every Friday, and I love them for two reasons:

For one, I’m a nerd, so I’m all about playing D&D or whatever the latest in tabletop adventuring is.

And for two, having all these people in my house means I get more test subjects to cook and bake for more people.

It’s becoming my own personal mini-game, learning what foods they like and trying to find recipes I can make that they’ll enjoy.

Which, of course, brings me to these cupcakes.

Because you see, when I’m stocking our fridge for game night, Dr Pepper is always on the list of must-have beverages for our guests, even though it’s not a soda an old friend of mine and I usually keep in the house.

It’s not that we don’t like Dr Pepper – I can kick a few back just like the next person – it’s just not a soda we typically keep on hand.

So when game night is over, our fridge is usually cleaned out, which includes our special stash of Dr Pepper… but this past week a few cans managed to survive the night and were left alone, lingering and unwanted in our fridge.

Which, of course, got me to thinking:

If they like Dr Pepper so much, are there ay cool recipes I can make with it for next week’s game night?

Turns out, yes, there certainly are recipes I could make…

Like these cupcakes infused with Dr Pepper!

Dr Pepper Cupcakes! Have a Dr Pepper fan in your life? Then they're going to love these! Rich chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with a hint of their favorite fizzy soda. | HomemadeHooplah.com

These cupcakes have a mild Dr Pepper taste, but still very much there – and it’s all wrapped up in delicious chocolate.

It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate buttermilk cupcakes, so it’s hard not to like them even if you’re not a Dr Pepper fan.

I’m happy to report these little guys were a total hit at our last gaming night, which is always a great feeling…  and I totally think the good food karma helps my dice rolls, too.

Try as I might, I’m not very good at the games we play, so I can use all the help I can get!

And at least I can enjoy a Dr Pepper Cupcake after I lose.
Dr Pepper Cupcakes! Have a Dr Pepper fan in your life? Then they're going to love these! Rich chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with a hint of their favorite fizzy soda. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Dr Pepper Cupcakes! Have a Dr Pepper fan in your life? Then they're going to love these! Rich chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with a hint of their favorite fizzy soda. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.31 from 13 votes

Dr Pepper Cupcakes

20 mins prep + 18 mins cook
336 kcal
Yields: 22 cupcakes
Have a Dr Pepper fan in your life? Then they're going to love these! Rich chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with a hint of their favorite fizzy soda.

Ingredients 

Chocolate Dr Pepper Cupcakes
Dr Pepper Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoon Dr Pepper, to taste

Instructions

For the Chocolate Dr Pepper Cupcakes
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare muffin tin(s) by adding cupcake cup liners (22-24 total).
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), add in butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on low until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Keeping mixer speed on low, add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix in the Dr Pepper. Add the other half of the dry ingredients as well as the buttermilk. Mix until just combined - try not to overmix. Batter should be thick and fluffy.
  • Pour cupcake batter into prepared muffin tin, filling cups 2/3 full.
  • Bake cupcakes (in batches of 12 or so) for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.
  • Place muffin tin on a wire cooling rack to cool for 5-10 minutes, then pop cupcakes out and allow to finish cooling on the wire rack. Wait until cupcakes are completely cooled before applying the frosting.
For the Dr Pepper Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Use a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl) on high speed to beat the softened butter until smooth and creamy, roughly 2 minutes.
  • Drop speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Frosting may be and clumpy at this stage - that is okay.
  • Keeping speed on low, slowly beat in cream cheese. I'd recommend cutting the cream cheese into 4-5 pieces and mixing in one piece at a time.
  • Finally, add in the Dr Pepper. This frosting is very forgiving and easy to balance to your tastes. You can add up to 6 tablespoons of Dr Pepper (total) or up to 5 cups of powdered sugar (total) to get the flavor and consistency you'd like.
  • Decorate cupcakes as desired.

Notes

* When baking, it's best to mix eggs that are room temperature. Place whole eggs (still in shell) in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes to bring them down to room temperature quickly.
Recipe adapted from Baked by an Introvert.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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38 comments

    • Cathy

    These cupcakes look mouthwatering amazing!! They are this week’s fan favorite over at Making Memories Mondays which goes live Sunday night 9PM EST!
    Cathy

    • Lou Lou Girls

    Oh Yum! I get so excited each week to see what you have been working on because it’s always AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can party!!!! Lou Lou Girls

    • Amy @ItsAMindfulLife

    This looks and sounds amazing! I Love Dr Pepper! Thank for this fun recipe! Stopping by from The Creative Exchange Linkup Party.

    • Linda

    These cupcakes sound awesome. And you game nights sound like a fun time. Thanks for sharing this with What’d You Do This Weekend. You cupcakes will be featured next week. Hope to see you then.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

    Linda

    • Jerri

    These look great! I have to try these sometime. I love Dr. Pepper! I’d love for you to share with us at our Friday Favorites link party!

    • Miz Helen

    These are awesome cupcakes. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    • Christine

    Even though I almost never drink soda, I still consider myself a “pepper.” Growing up in the 70s just gives you lifetime membership, I think. These sound crazy good. Visiting from #TryABiteTuesday.

    • Angela

    These look great, I love Dr Pepper. #TryABiteTuesday

    • Cathy

    Another great recipe! I would love for you to share this sweet creation over at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂
    Cathy

    • Jane @Sustain My Craft Habit

    These sounds so yummy! I would never think of adding Dr. Pepper to cupcakes. So fun for a game night, or any night really ;). Definitely going on my must-try Pinterest board! Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty! Looking forward to seeing you back next week.

    • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Oh my goodness – I remember when we used to drink Dr Pepper (you can’t buy it in the supermarkets in Australia anymore – at least I don’t think you can!!). These look so gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

    • Anna Hettick

    My dad is a Dr. Pepper fanatic so these would be perfect to make him!!!

    Visiting from Crafty and Delicious Daily!

    • Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    These look great! I made exactly the same cupcake recipe about a month ago!

      • Jen | Baked by an Introvert

      Thanks for the link back! 🙂

      • No problem! It’s a great recipe 😀

      • Sara

      These look great, I love Dr. Pepper and I can see how it would pair well with chocolate!

      • Thank you Sara! I almost went with white chocolate on these – might have to try that next time.

      • Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

      I am such a sucker for Dr. Pepper, these look adorable!! I love the little straw on top too 🙂

      • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

      I posted a Dr. Pepper recipe today too! I made a popsicle with it but I am totally loving the idea of Dr. Pepper cupcakes. So scrumptious!

      • I saw the popsicles! Dr Pepper always seemed like the perfect summer soda to me.

      • allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

      These look great Chrisy! We love Dr. Pepper at our house. Super pictures, love those cute little cupcake straws! 🙂

      • Kate @ Diethood

      Truth: I have never had dr. pepper!! Another truth: I want these cupcakes, stat!! They look so good! Also? Game nights are soooo fun!

      • Wow, never had Dr Pepper?! I was just trying to think of what other soda it tastes like… and there are none. It’s a flavor all it’s own. Maybe it’d be something to try on your next game night? 😀

          • Debby D. Tresner

          SURE!! Dr. Pepper tastes like prune juice, because the main “food” ingredient IS prunes. Not too bad, just different. So-I can see why some people wouldn’t have tried it. Just found this site tonight and am certain I will be spending much time on board. I’m a 45+ year florist/floral designer, so if you have questions I MIGHT be able to help you. For now—carry on! Deb T.

        • Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

        I love unique cupcake flavours such as this one! We are nerds, too, and whenever my an old friend of mine goes to D&D night I am always prepared with food items for him 🙂

        • That’s awesome! Gaming nights are definitely better now than they were when we were kids – much better food!