I have a wonderful friend, Stacy Pate. I got to know Stacy while she was in Waco attending Baylor. She started out as a good customer. I had the opportunity to work with her during the move that The Olive Branch made in the summer of 2008. She was an intern for the developer of the Austin Avenue Flats project. She and I had the opportunity to work together marketing different events geared toward getting people aware of, and interested in, the new concept being built downtown. She is a creative genius! She has since graduated from Baylor and re-located to California. She has a really fun blog that she updates regularly with humorous insight, crafty projects, interesting recipes and cool photos. Somehow I convinced her to be a guest blogger for me! You are gonna love her entry. Be sure and add her blog to your list http://www.livesimplylivepurely.com/. You won’t be disappointed!
P.S. – Totally gonna try these myself!
Waco, TX might not be on your list of places to visit, but it holds a special place in my heart as my once, home away from home. While San Francisco is my new place of residence, a few things remain void such as a soup and salad lunch from Olive Branch, the late-night coffee runs at Common Grounds, Baylor Bear football games and good ol’ Dr. Pepper hour on campus.
I’ll admit I’m not a fan of Dr. Pepper itself or the one-of-a-kind Dr. Pepper floats created in concession stands, but I do miss the nostalgia … The proud logos, cups and themed “happy hours” just for a soda. So in honor of the little Texas gem that lies in the heart of Waco, I’ve created Dr. Pepper cake pops.
FOR THE CAKE:
1 1⁄2 cup Dr. Pepper Soda
1⁄2 cups Vegetable Oil
8 tbs Butter
4 tbs Cocoa Powder
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1⁄2 cups low-fat Buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350° F
Combine Dr. Pepper, oil, butter and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. When it comes to a simmer, mix well and turn the stove off.
Mix sugar, flour and baking soda together and add to saucepan and mix well
In a separate bowl, beat eggs and buttermilk together, then add to the saucepan and stir until smooth
Pour into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let this sit overnight!
After the cake is set overnight, cut up the cake into pieces and dump into mixing bowl. Knead with your hands as necessary until thick and moist. In a separate bowl, beat together 8 oz softened cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tbs butter and 1 1/2 tbs Dr. Pepper soda. Then add into cake mixture and knead until moist. Set in refrigerator for approximately 2 hours. Then begin to form into balls and insert cake pop sticks into each ball to make the “pop” happen.
Melt white chocolate in a double broiler and smooth and gently roll cake pop into chocolate until evenly coated and dip in desired sprinkles! Make sure to let them cool for a few seconds before standing upright.