The Best Dr Pepper Cupcakes From Scratch

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Dr Pepper is a popular soda with many people. It has just the right amount of sweetness and fizz to be great for any occasion! Dr Pepper cupcakes are even more amazing because they capture all the flavors that make Dr Pepper so much fun.

– 1 cup dried cherries – 1 cup Dr Pepper – 2 sticks salted butter, softened – ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder – ½ cup boiling water – ½ cup buttermilk – 3 large eggs – 1 teaspoon baking soda – 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract – 2 cups of all-purpose flour – 1 ⅓ cups sugar – 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and prep your pan. In a small pot stir together the cherries and the soda over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a small bowl whisk together melted butter, cocoa, and boiling water, set aside to cool. (bowl 1)  In a separate larger bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla extract. (bowl 2) Add in flour, sugar, and spices. Drizzle in the butter-cocoa mix, then stir it into the buttermilk mixture, and finally add in the soda cherry mixture and stir until well combined.

Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake for about 18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting per our instructions and then add your frosting to your pastry bag – for easier decorating.

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