Cupcake Camp Dallas… and Dr Pepper Shot Cupcakes!

by Jessica on April 27, 2011

Dr Pepper Shot Cupcakes by My Baking Heart

Well, Cupcake Camp Dallas is over. I had an amazing time and met so many fun people. It was definitely a success (with over 4,000 cupcakes donated!) and the money raised benefits a wonderful organization. The LEAP Foundation is comprised of volunteer plastic surgeons, urologists, eye surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthodontists, nurses and support staff. Dedicating time, expertise and often their own resources, these volunteers endeavor to bring free surgical care to children and adults born with deformities.

I based these off the Yippee Ki-Yay Cherry Cupcakes that I entered into ‘Iron Cupcake: Earth’ two years ago. But with this batch? I couldn’t get the Dr Pepper in the shot glasses fast enough… they were literally gone within 20 minutes of setting them out. And even though I didn’t win a trophy, there were so many great things said about my Dr Pepper Shot cupcakes! There were the people who had waited for mine to make their appearance and then the readers who stalked the blog before the event began (Hidy, y’all!).

Dr Pepper Shot Cupcakes by My Baking Heart

Good friends E & D even drove down to hang out and taste cupcakes with me!

Truth be told, I’m a little glad it’s over. All week, I was stressed about the type of cake I’d use, how many to make, what the frosting should look like, how I’d transport them, if they’d make the hour-long trip okay, etc. I seriously slept no more than two hours on Friday night and I bruised my right hand with all the stirring, folding and cutting that I did… my little fingers are still swollen. In the end, though, it was worth it and I’ll definitely be back next year. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for 2012! Big ‘ol thanks to Momma G for all the support and help she gave me – you’re my rock, G!

Dr Pepper Shot Cupcakes by My Baking Heart

Dr Pepper Shot Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes, approximately 3 cups frosting


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1-1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 c Dr Pepper + extra for shots
  • Small plastic shot glasses
  • For the Frosting:
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c Confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 c dark cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c skim milk


For the Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Make 3 holes in the mixture. Pour the vanilla into one hole, the vinegar in another and the oil in the last hole. Pour the Dr Pepper over the top and mix thoroughly.

Fill the cupcake wrappers 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and place on same rack to finish cooling completely. Frost with Dark Chocolate frosting, then add a small shot glass to the center. Take an eyedropper and add just enough Dr Pepper to fill the shot glass.

For the Frosting:

Cream butter and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Slowly add just enough milk (you might not need to add it all) until frosting reaches desired consistency, then beat until creamy.

Source: original recipe by My Baking Heart

Dr Pepper Shot Cupcakes by My Baking Heart


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jacki April 27, 2011 at 9:18 am


I have a photo of your DP shot cupcake too! It is on this site if you want to see:

Here’s how to view:

go to:

go to:

find the gallery:
Cupcake Camp

enter the passcode:

It’s best to view in slideshow mode.


2 Amy (Sing For Your Supper) April 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

Look how cute and skinny you are!!! 🙂 These cupcakes are genius- I bet people raved about them! Looks like you had a great time!!


3 yummychunklet April 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

What a great idea for cupcakes! Yum!


4 donnidar April 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I had to check out your blog after you visited mine, and I love the design and picture quality! I added your name and blog address to the photo description (of your Dr. Pepper shot cupcake). Thanks so much for sharing.
P.S. That frosting was sssooo good!


5 Jacque April 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Mmm, how fun! what a creative idea and they sound delish too.


6 Tracey April 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

You look great Jessica!! Cupcake Camp sounds like a blast and I love your cupcake idea 🙂


7 Kelly April 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Wow these are too cute!! Your blog is absolutely gorgeous and you do such a great job on your recipes 🙂 Consider me a new frequent visitor!


8 Christina April 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Those cupcakes look so yummy! :o) I really want to hang out in your kitchen one of these days and take lessons.


9 Jaime April 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

awww how fun! I didn’t even know about this event. your cupcakes look fabulous 🙂


10 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) April 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

Woah, these cupcakes… are inspiring! What a fab idea and they look so cute, too! They are on my must-try list! Sounds like you were a hit at the Cupcake Camp! 🙂 And well you should be. Awesome!


11 momma g April 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This really was a FUN trip!! Let’s do it again! Yea, Dr Pepper!!!


12 Sweet Bella Roos April 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I linked your site to my page about Cupcake Camp Dallas. So sad I didnt get to try one of yours!


13 Cakelaw April 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm



14 Eliana May 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

These cupcakes are so cute! And the flavor sounds like it rocks.


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