Save on Pinterest

Dr Pepper Cake

This is my favorite "go-to" recipe for any time I have to take food anywhere. Everyone loves it. When it is baked in layers rather than in a single layer, it presences will make people say "wow." It is a crowd-pleaser! —Shannon Parum, Vernon, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) Dr Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 container (12 ounces) whipped cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 3 greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake and pudding mixes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in Dr Pepper and vanilla.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in cocoa. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy.
  • Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 551 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 590mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • paardvrouw
    Mar 13, 2019

    This didn't come out very well for me. It didn't raise much, and rather tasteless. Put the very sweet frosting on and that helps.

  • Sabrina
    Jul 10, 2018

    Very easy to make. Moist but the icing was entirely too sweet.

  • Beta
    Oct 21, 2017

    Hi my name is beta jabbar and I would to learn how to make a Dr Pepper cake

  • jaclyn_mullahy
    Oct 1, 2015

    Everyone I've made this cake for loves it. I usually do it in a 13x9 and bake for 30-35 minutes. Winner!

  • GrandmaX9
    Sep 11, 2015

    I made this cake but used a 11x9 cake pan. Gosh it is great. Really moist. Taking to my daughter for her birthday. She loves Dr Pepper, so I am hoping she will like this one. Makes a ton of frosting for this cake pan.

  • paul3303
    Feb 26, 2014

    This is a very good flavor cake, moist and dense. I don't see how you can get 3 9 inch layers from this amount. I usually add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup sour cream to a boxed cake mix. That would increase the quantity for 3 9 inch layers. Thanks for the recipe.

  • delowenstein
    Aug 29, 2013

    I tried this recipe for the first time! In fact, I made 2 cakes & baked them both in a greased and floured fluted Bundt pan! I DID make some adjustments in this recipe-Iused one Devil's food cake mix for one cake and the other, I used the German Chocolate cake mix! I also added: 1/4 cupHershey's chocolate syrup & used 1 Tbsp. vanilla instead of 1 tsp. I also added 1packet of Cappuccino mix to the cake mix, eggs, pudding mix, chocolate syrup. Forthe icing, I used a 1 lb. canister of chocolate frosting, 1/4 cup cherry cola, 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar and stirredicing ingredients together. I used this chocolate glazing to ice both the cakes after they cooled. I did let cakes cool in the cake pans 15 minutes to allow cakes to settle. Then I turned the cakes out to cool completely on wire racks. I know thisis a recipe which I'll use and I would substitute cherry cola or vanilla cola for theDr. Pepper! Shannon Parum, THANK YOUfor this recipe! I really enjoyed preparing it it! DELowenstein

  • craftycock
    Jul 27, 2013

    No comment left