Dr. Pepper Cake {Pioneer Woman Recipe}

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Today is a fabulous day.  I get to share a fantastic recipe with you as well as a fantastic person AND give away three copies of her new book.  Fab-u-lous.

Dr. Pepper Cake!

The Pioneer Woman has a new book out called A Year of Holidays.  I have to tell you, its my favorite book yet.  I was moved to tears when I read page 87.  Please, if you dont win a copy, go and buy it and tell me that you arent moved by it.  (those that know me best will understand why its so special to me!)  Not only does she get me with some tear jerkin’ emotion throughout the book, but she makes me laugh too!

This whole book just makes me happy.  Its a perfect package.  And I really, really want you to have one.

But first, this cake!

Dr. Pepper Cake

Ree shares a Dr. Pepper cupcake in the book and I adapted it into a cake version.  I have to tell you, this cake is seriously like nothing I have ever made before.  The ingredients and technique were new to me, which is not something I often say about cakes!

I had omitted some ingredients because I simply didnt have them on hand, so if you want to try this cake in its original glory, be sure to check out Ree’s version in her book.  While I thought this cake and frosting was amazing as is, I have a feeling the ingredients that I left out would have undoubtedly added awesomeness.  Pay close attention to her original frosting recipe too… I must make it exactly as she specify’s next time!!

Dr. Pepper Cake


  • 1/2 cup prunes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • Frosting
  • 4 cups Dr. Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks) softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 8inch round cake pans.
  2. Add prunes and dried cherries to medium saucepan. Pour in 1 cup of Dr. Pepper, then bring it to a slow boil over medium heat.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool, about 20 minutes.
  4. Boil 1/2 cup water. In a microwave safe dish, melt butter. Add cocoa to melted butter then add in boiling water. Whisk together until smooth, set aside.
  5. In small bowl add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  6. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment add flour, sugar, nutmeg, ginger, and all spice.
  7. With mixer on low, add in cocoa mixture.
  8. Pour in buttermilk mixture.
  9. Slowly pour in Dr. Pepper mixture and blend until fully combined.
  10. This batter was about 5 cups, so I evenly divided it into two 8-inch pans. (2 1/2 cups per pan)
  11. Bake for 30-34 minutes or until cake has pulled away from the edges and slightly cracked on top.
  12. Frosting
  13. Boil 4 cups of Dr. Pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat until it has reduced to about 1/2 cup. 20 to 25 minutes. (I actually had my temp on medium high and reduced the soda for about 1 hour) Set aside to cool completely.
  14. Add butter to mixer and then add in ginger, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  15. Mix on medium high speed for 3-5 minutes, scraping bowl as needed.
  16. With mixer on low, add in Dr. Pepper reduction and blend completely. Spread over cooled cake.

Dr. Pepper Cake


Would you like to win a SIGNED copy?  Simply tell me in a comment, have you ever made anything from The Pioneer Woman’s blog or books?


Dr. Pepper Cake

Some other ladies are also sharing a recipe from The Pioneer Woman!

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Reluctant Entertainer made Mulled Apple Cider

Two Peas and Their Pod made Dulce De Leche Brownies

Add a Pinch made Rum Cake

Apple Cider, Scones, Chili, Brownies, cake… sounds like the perfectly balanced meal to me! 





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  1. says

    I made this today for husbands birthday party tonight. Layers seem very thin. Had new baking soda, sure there wasn’t suppose to be baking powder too? Hope it taste alright for the party. Tons of butter in this. hate to think it was wasted.

    • says

      it sounds quite nice but i am concerned about 4 Cups of Dr Pepper (liquids) in the frosting… what thickens it..there is not very much confectioner Sugar.. lots of butter…but still 4 Cups… how did your frosting come out.. and how was the cake? Sally

  2. Katie LeCroix says

    So is this Ree’s original recipe for Dr. Pepper Cake or you adaptation? I could not tell from the blog post? Please reply

  3. says

    I have Ree’s first 2 cookbooks & am an avid follower of her blog! I’ve made too many of her recipes to name them all!!! My favorite dinner recipes are Perfect Pot Roast & her meatloaf.

  4. Meghan says

    I’ve bookmarked several of her recipes but have yet to try one. :( I LOVE Dr. Pepper and I’m bookmarking this recipe as we speak, I would love to try Ree’s original recipe.

  5. Francene Kaufman says

    I have made so many of her recipes, but coffee cake with her caramel sauce drizzled over is my favorite to share with my husband on a sunday morn with hot coffee. I would love to win the Cook Book so I have all recipes right in my kitchen. I could then make a different one a week, or per day knowing my grandbabies.

  6. judy says

    Due to an injury 2 years and 3 major surgeries hubby does most of cooking for a while. Love watching her show and can’t wait to get 1 of her cookbooks and start.

  7. says

    I have a digital version of one of her books and would love to win this one…..oh, yeah, I must try this cake, too. Dr. Pepper is my second favorite addiction (next to chocolate of course). 😉

  8. sherry r says

    Love love love her recipe for Chicken Fried Steak & gravy. Mine never turned out the way we wanted until I tried her recipe! Would love to win this book to try something new! Love Ree & her family! Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. says

    Yep, several recipes, her biscuits with black pepper in, a chicken drumstick recipe and a potato recipe and more, gotta say didn’t like all of the, or at least they didn’t live up to my expectations, but them I’m not her, so maybe I screwed up. I just love her approach to life, family, the Marlboro Man…………. she’s awesome. Gonna try the cake

  10. Samantha says

    I make stuff from Ree all of the time! I love all of her comfort foods, especially biscuits and gravy recipe, so easy and delicious! I would love to read her book!

  11. Lori Hanes says

    I have made many things from Pioneer Woman. This cake however, was a complete fail. I followed the recipe to exactly, and found that it didn’t taste anything like Dr. Pepper. The frosting, which requires the 1/2 cup of concentrated Dr. Pepper 3 sticks of butter and only 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar would not firm up and was a runny mess. I hesitated making this but my son loves Dr. Pepper. Definitely was not up to our standards and will not make again.

  12. Kathy says

    I have made her amazing broccoli cheese soup and pot roast and probably other things too that I don’t remember. Oh Monster Cookies.

  13. Carol Ellis says

    Just made her, ” Coffee Cake ” recipe. ” Coffee Frosting ” on top makes this a treat you’ll never forget!! If you haven’t tried it, you sure need to…..

  14. Re (Marie) Bligh says

    Love Ree’s recipe for fettuccine alfredo! Would love to win a signed copy of her new cookbook. My fingers are crossed. Shared on twitter and posted on facebook!


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