It was someone's birthday last Thursday, but he didn't really let us know till it was too late to do anything.
So it good friendly spirit, Steph and I decided we needed to make him a birthday cake. Who cared if he wanted it or not?
Now, Wes really likes Dr. Pepper. It's an addiction, and sadly Steph & I only fueled it. But it was such a delicious fueling! Unsure if he liked chocolate or vanilla cake more, we just went with the Dr. Pepper cake. Now, our campus is supported by Coca-Cola, so we actually used Mr. Pibb. The difference is basically lost in the cake.
Adjusted slightly from here.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup Mr Pibb (left open and covered for around 3 hours, to become somewhat flat)
- 4 tbsp cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 buttermilk***
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
***Instead of buttermilk, put 1/2 tbsp white vinegar into a 1/2 cup, then fill the rest of the 1/2 cup with milk and let sit around 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Heat butter, Mr Pibb, and cocoa in microwave until the butter has melted. Mix well and set aside.
- Cream eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and baking soda.
- Combine cinnamon and flour.
- Alternately add flour and Mr. Pibb mixtures to the sugar mixture while mixing, then add vanilla.
- Pour into greased 9x12 pans or two 9x9 pans then cook for 25-30 minutes.
Let the cakes cool after you remove them. Next comes the icing, also loosely based off the linked recipe.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup Mr Pibb
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- 16 oz powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Heat butter, Mr Pibb, and cocoa until butter is melted.
- Gradually add in sugar, mixing as you go
- Add in vanilla before all of the sugar is added, so that you don't end up too wet or too dry
- I added too much sugar at first, so I splashed in more Pibb. Then had to add more sugar, but it turned into a solid, easy to spread icing.
- And because I'm addicted to food coloring and I've always associated Dr. Pepper/Mr Pibb with a brown-red color, I added about 7 drops of red, until I was happy with the color.
The cake is predominantly chocolate, but the cinnamon and other "23 flavors" do snap out at you. If you like chocolate but would enjoy something with some extra bite to it, I'd strongly suggest this cake!
The orange and blue were vaguely supposed to be Portals. They were also a replacement for candles since we aren't allowed to have lighters in our apartments. Whoo birthday!