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When I think of summer, I think of backyard celebrations. There is nothing like good food on the grill, cold drinks in the cooler and a summer dessert to top off a great evening. Dr Pepper, and it’s one of a kind taste, is a favorite of mine. Dr Pepper brings back memories of summers at the beach, parties with family and sipping on a cold Dr Pepper on a hot, summer night. So, it is no surprise that I now love making Dr Pepper a part of my own outdoor parties in anyway I can.
Dr Pepper makes a great, cold drink to serve at your next BBQ (in any variety), but it also makes a great marinade for meats or an ingredient in a dessert. I shop at Walmart to stock up on Dr Pepper for the summer since they always have all the varieties that my guests will love.
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One thing I like to make with Dr Pepper is chocolate poke cake – which you can find a variety of recipes for. When preparing for a recent outdoor party, I wanted to try something different. I was inspired by cherry cobbler and decided to make a Dr Pepper Cherry Cobbler Trifle in individual jars. It turned out amazing. Our guests, both kids and adults, loved the individual dessert jars. The dessert was a lot to finish at once, so guests were able to seal up their jar to take home to enjoy!
This dessert is so easy to make and tailor to your own tastes or dietary needs. All you need are the jars, devil food cake mix, whipped cream mix, cherries, and of course, Dr Pepper. You can use any variety of Dr Pepper that you like! I have used regular, diet or the Cherry Vanilla. In addition, you can change out the whipped cream layer to fit your needs – opting for pudding or a coconut milk whipped topping for those avoiding dairy.
For the cherries, you can choose fresh cherries, frozen cherries or cherry pie filling. If you like your cherry cobbler a bit more runny, go with the cherry pie filling (which is what I do).
Simply add the cake mix over the cherries – spreading evenly, but make sure to leave the cherries on the bottom. Then, pour the Dr Pepper directly over the cake mixture until the cake mixture is fully saturated. Do not mix it.
You will then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – and then allow to cool fully. Depending on the cherries used, or how much Dr Pepper you added, your cobbler may be more runny or firm, but I assure you, it will taste amazing!
The fun part comes next – layering! I alternated the cobbler with a whipped cream – both chocolate and cherry/vanilla flavored.
When you are done layering, top with a cherry or any other garnish you like. You can also seal and store for later.
- 1 can Cherry Pie Filling (Fresh or Frozen Cherries may be substituted)
- 1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
- 1 can Dr Pepper (any variety can be used)
- Cherry for garnish
- For Whipped topping layer:
- 1 tub of whipped topping of choice
- 1 box of vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 tsp juice from maraschino cherry for color and flavor of vanilla whipped topping
- 1 tsp sweeetened cocoa powder for chocolate whipped topping
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking dish
- Add cherries to the bottom of dish in even layer
- Sprinkle the entire box of cake mix over the cherries. Do not mix.
- Pour the can of soda directly over the cake mix. Again, do not mix, but ensure that cake mix is covered.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before layering.
- For Whipped Topping: Combine pudding mix with whipped topping. For half the topping, add 1 tsp of cocoa powder for chocolate whipped topping if desired. This method gives the whipped topping a thicker, sturdier texture to work with. Set aside for layering.
- In mason jar, start with a layer of cherry cobbler and then alternate with whipped topping – repeat as desired.
How do you make Dr Pepper part of your outdoor parties this summer?