Dr. Pepper and cupcakes…really?
Yes. And it’s wonderful! So Mr. RWB picked up some Dr. Pepper (fully leaded) for a recipe (coming Wednesday!) but didn’t know how much. In an effort not have to go back to the store, he bought 2 – 20 oz. bottles. I only needed one but now there’s one sitting in the fridge. To save both of us, I had to figure something out and quick.
Initially I was going to try Dr. Pepper cookies in similar fashion as the Pumpkin Cake Box Cookies but alas I wasn’t paying attention and put too much Dr. Pepper in…add a few eggs and a dash of oil and voila! Cupcakes! Just like I meant to do that…
Anyway, the Austin cake competition is this weekend so I’ve been busy testing out all the aspects. One of those things is a yummy maple glaze for a donut cake. Yes I said donut cake and it has candied bacon! Let me just say it’s going to be awesome!
And these cupcakes are also awesome. The Dr. Pepper in the cake batter makes it a bit sweeter than a normal cupcake so not much extra is needed. A little glaze with or without a bit of leftover frosting and it’s done.
1 German Chocolate cake mix
12 oz. Dr. Pepper
¼ cup of olive oil
3 – 4 tbsp. maple syrup
½ cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and put cupcake liners in pan.
- In a large bowl add cake mix and Dr. Pepper. Wait until the fizziness dies down a bit and with a wooden spoon or hand mixer, beat until full incorporated. Then add olive oil and eggs.
- Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, add batter to cupcake liners to about ¾ full. Add M&Ms or chocolate chips to some of the cups for a surprise.
- Bake 18 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely for adding glaze.
- Make glaze by putting maple syrup, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl and stir with a spoon until completely combined and flowing consistency. If not blending well, stick on the top of the oven to warm.
- If using frosting, add to cupcakes then using a spoon, drizzle glaze over cupcakes and decorate with candies or sprinkles.