So, it’s been 6 months since the last time I updated…and I really will try to do better this time. Anyway, we’re into a new school year and I’m beginning to fall back into routine. It’s definitely a busy teaching schedule but I’m occasionally able to find time to craft and cook…I hope to get into a habit of posting a few of my favorite recipes a week and my yearly goal is to to try at least two new recipes a week (from my ever-growing stack of cookbooks or my new love: Pinterest)!
So to get started, here’s the first recipe: Dr Pepper Chocolate Cake
This cake was sugary enough to cause a diabetic coma…I’ll definitely want to do some experimenting with the recipe. I’ll post suggestions in italics.
Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake
Makes one 13″x9″x2″ baking pan or one 10″ bundt cake
Adapted from “Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake Recipe” found at thatsmyhome.com.
1 1/2 cup Dr. Pepper soda
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
8 tbs salted butter
4 tbs cocoa powder (next time, I’ll try Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder)
2 cups sugar (next time I’d bring it down to 1 cup and use 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 dark brown)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
For frosting: (I think the entire frosting recipe can be halved)
8 tbs salted butter
4 tbs cocoa powder
8 tbs milk
4 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease or spray with cooking spray your baking pan.
Begin by combining the Dr. Pepper, oil, butter and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. When it comes to a simmer, mix well and turn stove off.
Sift dry ingredients together (sugar, flour and baking soda), add to mixture in saucepan and mix well, by hand. Don’t over beat.
In a separate small bowl lightly beat the eggs and buttermilk together, then add them to the saucepan and combine batter well by hand. Don’t overheat but make sure flour lumps are mixed in.
Pour into a greased baking pan and bake at 350° for approx. 23-28 minutes (35-40 minutes for bundt cake) or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
In a saucepan, combine butter, cocoa powder and milk together over medium heat, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth.
Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time, combining after each addition until smooth.
Pour over warm cake. Alternatively, you could just decorate the cake with a dusting of powdered sugar.