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Easy Bundt Cake Recipe: Dr. Pepper Cake

Updated on September 6, 2013
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Looking for a Quick Dessert Recipe with Simple Ingredients?

There are times when a busy parent needs to be able to turn to a quick, easy dessert recipe. Heck, any person short on time should be able to whip up an impressive dessert within an hour!

Whether you are hosting a party, bringing an offering to a bake sale, or simply looking to make a treat for your family after dinner, this easy Bundt Cake Recipe is a hit every time.

The basic ingredients are the same, and the flavor can be adjusted based on personal taste, using a soft drink, wine or liquor of your choice.

Baking this cake in a Bundt pan (shown below) molds the cake into a special fluted ring shape, using a pan that has a cone-shaped opening in the middle. Serving pieces of a Bundt cake, rather than a sheet cake, or even a layer cake, is somehow automatically more special.

My favorite feature of this recipe is that it uses pre-packaged ingredients that make it incredibly easy to whip up on short notice. Yet, as opposed to purchasing a pre-made cake or dessert at the grocery store, you can make this easy Bundt cake recipe at home.

This is a home-made, yet simple to create, dessert recipe. With only an hour or less, your kitchen will have the aroma of an all-day baking extravaganza, and you can present a wonderful Bundt cake that tastes like you worked all day on the concoction!

Easy Bundt Cake is a great dessert for families, bake sales and entertaining
Easy Bundt Cake is a great dessert for families, bake sales and entertaining | Source

Rate this Recipe for Easy Bundt Cake Recipe

3.7 stars from 6 ratings of Dr. Pepper Cake

Ingredients for Easy Bundt Cake Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Dr. Pepper (or other cola, wine or liquor flavoring used in the cake)

Ingredients for Easy Bundt Cake Recipe

  • 1 box (15.25 oz.) Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 10 oz. soda pop or white wine, of your choice, OR
  • 6 oz. flavored liquor, of your choice, plus 4 oz. water (1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • NOTE: Choose between soda, wine, or liquor plus water

Another Easy Bundt Cake Recipe Using Cake Mix

Instructions for Easy Bundt Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Carefully and thoroughly grease a bundt pan, making sure to fully cover all crevices
  3. Using an electric hand or stand mixer, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, cinnamon and your choice of soda or wine, OR flavored liquor plus water (as per ingredients above)
  4. Pour mixture into bundt pan and use a spatula to scrape all batter from the bowl, distributing equally throughout the pan. Be careful not to pour batter into the center
  5. Wipe off any excess batter from the edges and/or center before placing pan into the oven
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until cake is lightly browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean (time varies from 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes)
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool 20 minutes. When fully cooled, use a blunt knife to release edges of the cake, then place a plate or serving dish over the top of the pan. Flip over and, while firmly holding pan to plate, carefully tap on the counter top to loosen the cake. Remove pan
  8. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and about 2-3 tablespoons of the soda, wine or liquor with which the cake is flavored. Stir until smooth
  9. Pour glaze over baked, cooled cake. Distribute evenly to cover entire cake. (NOTE: glaze can be omitted to reduce calories and sugar)
  10. Slice into 1-2 inch thick portions. Enjoy the cake by itself, or with fresh seasonal berries and/or whipped cream
Bundt Cake Recipe before glazing
Bundt Cake Recipe before glazing | Source

Cook Time for Easy Bundt Cake Recipe

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 12 servings

What Flavors Work Best for this Easy Bundt Cake Recipe?

The first time I tried making this recipe, I used the traditional Dr. Pepper soda to flavor the cake.

However, my first experience with tasting and enjoying this Bundt cake recipe was during the holidays when a friend of mine made this cake using white wine.

I have still not baked this easy Bundt Cake recipe using wine or liquor. Since then, I have used Dr. Pepper, Cherry-flavored Coca-cola, Root beer, and similar strong-flavored soft drinks.

Lemon Bundt Bake Recipe

Nutrition Information for Easy Bundt Cake Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/12 of cake
Calories 438
Calories from Fat180
% Daily Value *
Fat 20 g31%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Carbohydrates 63 g21%
Sugar 47 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 70 mg23%
Sodium 451 mg19%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Make Easy Bundt Cake for a Party or Other Gathering

This recipe is so easy to make, yet delicious, that we bring it to many of the potluck parties to which we are invited. It makes a wonderful treat to serve friends with coffee, or to take to a neighbor during the holidays.

All I have to do is take out the bundt cake pan and my family gets excited that I am going to make this cake. That, in itself, is a treat for me!

© 2013 Stephanie Hicks


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    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 

      4 years ago from Nottingham

      I love Dr Pepper and had no idea that you could bake with it. This is brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Teaches - I love my bundt pan too. I also like the fact that you don't need to frost, but just glaze this cake. So nice. Thank you again for the comment! Best, Steph

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Whenever I bake I try to use my bundt pan because the cakes looks so pretty. Yours look so nice in the photo and I am certain it tastes so good. Great idea for sharing.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks everyone! This cake recipe is so easy. I should also mention that I love making Bundt cakes because they are easy to glaze, as opposed to trying to frost a cake and having it crumble into the frosting!

      Cheers, Steph

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have never made a bundt cake in my life, but I'm tempted to after reading your hub! It sounds lovely, especially since its flavor can vary depending on the drink that's added.

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great idea for an easy bundt Cake. I just love the idea of flavoring it with different soda's. I will use cherry Coke or Pepsi to flavor it. Can't wait to try it! Sharing this, voted up ++++ So glad you shared this recipe with us.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      This sounds good. I wouldn't use DR. Pepper, but I love putting rum and whiskey in cakes. I'll have to give this a try.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Root beer is a great flavor for this bundt cake recipe! Best, Steph

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have eaten bundt cake but never made it - I think I would like it made with root beer :)

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Anastasia! Hope you try any one of these bundt cake recipes. Bake off contest between you and your mom? Best, Steph

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Jen! I love lemon bundt cake too! Best, Steph

    • EuroCafeAuLait profile image

      Anastasia Kingsley 

      6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Yes, it sure does bring back memories! My mom makes a mean lemon poppy seed bundt cake. Looks like it's time to follow in her footsteps...Thanks for the great recipe, Steph!

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      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This looks delicious. I may try the lemon one. Pinned and shared!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Rose! I should revise this hub to state that I have been to the home of Dr. Pepper, in Waco, Texas! I've always loved the soft drink and it must be because my grandfather always had it in the fridge having grown up in Waco. Still, I love to experiment with other flavors for the bundt cake recipe. Cheers, Steph

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love bundt cakes! It's great that you can change up the soda for this recipe as you like.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Root beer is excellent in this recipe! My kids love Cherry Cola too.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How about Root Beer? Looks like a fun cake!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      You got it Bill! :) What is your favorite flavor? Dr. Pepper? Cherry cola? My kids love them all.....

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God you had an interesting introduction or I would have started screaming. LOL

      I love bundt cake...bring one over next time you are in Oly, please. :)


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