Two Classics Combined for Special Dessert
Story and Photos by Joseph Rodriguez
When Eric Rodriguez, junior political science major, wants to impress his girlfriend on a special day, he has a particular sweet that he likes to use.
“It’s a funny story that started with her love for one thing,” Rodriguez says. “And that one thing turned out to be Dr. Pepper.”
Rodriguez, a president’s ambassador and a member of several different organizations such as Sigma Phi Epsilon, has been baking for a good portion of his life. He used to help out his grandmother in the kitchen during the holidays and would support his local church by making cookies to be donated at bake sales.
“It was always something that I thought was fun to do,” Rodriguez says about baking. “Even though sometimes I got some flak from my friends about it was always something that I enjoyed doing from time to time.”
As an on-campus resident, Rodriguez rarely gets a chance to bake, but take the opportunity on Valentine’s Day to make something special that he found for his girlfriend. According to Rodriguez, his girlfriend’s favorite drink is Dr. Pepper; knowing this Rodriguez found a recipe that incorporated the soda into a cake. As a small bonus the red velvet cake color is almost identical to a the Dr. Pepper can.
“Also, the cake is really healthy, which is great because I’m passionate about fitness,” Rodriguez says.
The cake is a healthier option because it substitutes out vegetable oil for soda. Diet Dr. Pepper can be used to make the desert even healthier.
Rodriguez plans to continue to make the cake for his girlfriend and family members in the future; Especially during special occasions like Valentine’s Day and Dr. Pepper-loving relatives’ birthdays.
Dr. Pepper Cake
- 1 (18 ounce) bow Red Velvet cake mix
- 8 ounces of Dr. Pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 package of Jell-o cheesecake pudding mix
- 2 cups skim milk
- cool whip
Makes 8 servings
- Mix cake mix like it says on bake of package and combine Dr. Pepper in a mixing bowl.
- Preheat oven 350 and cook for 30 minutes in pam sprayed pan.
- Cool completely when done.
- Mix pudding mix with skim milk until ready.
- Spread on cake.
- Put as much cool whip as desired.
- Chill and serve.