Have a Dr Pepper fan in your life? Then they're going to love these! Rich and moist chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with a hint of their favorite fizzy soda.
Chocolate Dr Pepper Cupcakes ‣ 2 cups all-purpose flour ‣ 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ‣ 1 teaspoon baking soda ‣ 1 cup unsalted butter, softened ‣ 1 cup granulated sugar ‣ 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed ‣ 2 eggs ‣ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ‣ 1 cup Dr Pepper ‣ 1/2 cup buttermilk Dr Pepper Buttercream Frosting ‣ 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened ‣ 1/4 teaspoon salt ‣ 4 cups powdered sugar ‣ 1/4 cup Dr Pepper
Kick things off by whisking together the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Set this bowl aside for now.
Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl) whip together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Mix in the dry ingredients, Dr Pepper, and buttermilk until a thick and fluffy batter forms.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners, then fill each cavity about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Once done, send it off to bake!
While the cupcakes bake and cool, prepare the frosting by using a mixer to whip together the butter, salt, and powdered sugar. Slowly blend in the Dr Pepper, making sure the consistency of the frosting stays nice and fluffy.
Place the Dr Pepper buttercream frosting in a pastry bag with a piping tip of your choice and decorate the cooled cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a straw, if desired.