Chocolate Cherry Dr Pepper Cake

Are you ready to take your taste buds on a journey of indulgence? Look no further than this delectable Chocolate Cherry Dr Pepper Cake recipe. Combining the rich flavors of chocolate, the sweetness of cherries, and the unique twist of Dr Pepper soda, this cake is sure to become a favorite for any occasion.


For the Cake:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped, plus more for garnish

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons Dr Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cherry and chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. Prepare the Cake: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 cup of Dr Pepper, vegetable oil, and eggs. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Fold in the chopped maraschino cherries. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. Make the Frosting: While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. Beat the softened butter until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating on low until blended. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Dr Pepper and the vanilla extract, beating until smooth.
  3. Assemble the Cake: Once the cakes are completely cooled, it’s time to assemble the masterpiece. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread a layer of frosting on top. Carefully place the second cake layer on top and spread frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with cherry and chocolate shavings for that extra touch of elegance.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
  • Calories: 450 kcal per serving
  • Servings: 12 servings

Serving and Storage Tips:

  • Serving Suggestions: When serving this luscious Chocolate Cherry Dr Pepper Cake, consider pairing it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent treat. You can also drizzle some chocolate sauce over each slice for added indulgence. Don’t forget to garnish with a cherry on top for a beautiful finishing touch.
  • Presentation: To elevate the presentation of your cake, consider decorating the serving platter with fresh cherries and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or powdered sugar. This will not only add visual appeal but also enhance the overall dining experience for your guests.
  • Storage: If you happen to have any leftovers (which is rare with such a delicious cake!), store them in an airtight container or cover the cake with plastic wrap to maintain its freshness. Refrigerate the cake for up to 3-4 days. Before serving leftover slices, allow them to come to room temperature for the best taste and texture.
  • Freezing: If you want to save some cake for later enjoyment, you can freeze individual slices. Wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Frozen slices can last for up to 1-2 months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the slices in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours.
  • Reheating: To revive the flavors and texture of refrigerated or frozen cake slices, you can gently warm them in the microwave for a few seconds or in a preheated oven at a low temperature. Be careful not to overheat, as it can dry out the cake.


  1. Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake: Add a twist to the classic recipe by incorporating chocolate chips into the cake batter. The combination of chocolate, cherries, and chocolate chips creates a delightful texture and flavor experience.
  2. Black Forest Cake Inspired: For a nod to the traditional Black Forest Cake, layer the chocolate cherry cake with whipped cream and additional cherries between each layer. Finish the cake with whipped cream frosting and chocolate shavings on top for a stunning presentation.
  3. Dr Pepper Glaze: Instead of using Dr Pepper in the cake batter, create a flavorful Dr Pepper glaze to drizzle over the cooled cake. Simply combine powdered sugar with Dr Pepper until you reach your desired consistency, then pour it over the cake for a unique flavor twist.
  4. Nutty Addition: Add chopped nuts, such as pecans or almonds, to the cake batter for added crunch and flavor. Sprinkle some chopped nuts on top of the frosting for an extra nutty dimension.
  5. Vegan Option: For a vegan-friendly version of this cake, substitute the eggs with flaxseed eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water for each egg) and use a vegan butter substitute for the frosting. Ensure that the chocolate cake mix is also vegan-friendly.
  6. Boozy Twist: Infuse the cake with a hint of alcohol by soaking the chopped maraschino cherries in a splash of cherry liqueur or bourbon before folding them into the batter. You can also add a tablespoon of your favorite liqueur to the frosting for an extra layer of flavor.
  7. Mini Cupcakes: Instead of baking a traditional layered cake, turn this recipe into mini cupcakes for bite-sized treats. Adjust the baking time accordingly and top each cupcake with a swirl of frosting and a cherry for an adorable presentation.

FAQs :

  1. Can I use a different soda instead of Dr Pepper? Yes, you can experiment with other sodas such as Coca-Cola or root beer for a different flavor profile. However, keep in mind that it may alter the taste of the cake slightly.
  2. Can I make this cake without eggs? Yes, you can substitute eggs with alternatives like applesauce, mashed bananas, or commercial egg replacers. Adjust the quantity according to the instructions provided on the egg substitute packaging.
  3. How do I prevent my cherries from sinking to the bottom of the cake? Coating the chopped cherries in a light dusting of flour before folding them into the batter can help prevent them from sinking.
  4. Can I use fresh cherries instead of maraschino cherries? While fresh cherries can be used, keep in mind that they may release more moisture during baking and can affect the texture of the cake. Ensure to pit and chop them before adding them to the batter.
  5. Can I make this cake ahead of time? Yes, you can bake the cake layers in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one day before assembling and frosting the cake.
  6. How should I store leftover frosting? Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Before using, allow it to come to room temperature and re-whip it to restore its creamy consistency.

With its irresistible combination of flavors and stunning presentation, this Chocolate Cherry Dr Pepper Cake is guaranteed to impress your guests and leave them craving more. So why wait? Indulge in a slice of heaven today!