This morning I was faced with a dilemma, it was brisk enough in the house to tempt me to turn on the heater (in the low 60s), but it is August and somehow turning on the heater in August just feels wrong. I’m running disturbingly low on sugars and baking chocolates so I decided to see what packaged mixes had in the hutch and pantry.
When we first moved to Sebatopol my sister, Heidi, came out for a visit, as a house warming gift she brought Toilets of the World, a fridge magnet, and a bag of Dr. Pepper Cake Mix. The Toilets of the World went into our guest bathroom, the magnet went on the fridge, and cake mix was put into our hutch where quickly fell into the far recesses of our memory. The cake mix moved with us from Bear Meadows to West Hills Circle and continued to live in our hutch. There was no obvious expiration date on the packaging, and I had every good intention of making it eventually, so why not keep it?
Today the bag of Dr. Pepper cake mix was put to use, sadly I didn’t have any of the Dublin Dr. Pepper (made with real cane sugar as opposed to HFCS), but I made due with what was available.
The cake turned out remarkably well for a 3+ year old bagged mix. The flavor is remarkable, a spicy chocolate cake. Heidi didn’t bring me a bag of frosting mix so I turned to google and came across one that seemed decent, the cake recipe also looked similar to the ingredient list on the package so I’ve included both below.
The end result is pretty amazing: spicy chocolate cake with a 1/2 inch of fudgey chocolate frosting liberally studded with pecans. Yum!
Dr. Pepper Cake – slightly modified from HubPages.com
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup Dr. Pepper
- 2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
Melt butter. Add the Dr. Pepper and stir well. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix them together well. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a greased 9×12 inch pan for 30-35 minutes.
Dr. Pepper Frosting
- 1/2 cup Dr. Pepper
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 3 tablespoons cocoa
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat Dr. Pepper soda pop, cocoa, and butter or margarine, but don’t bring to a hard boil. Stir in rest of ingredients and mix together well. Spread Dr. Pepper frosting on while cake is still hot.