Tiny New York Kitchen: Dr. Pepper Apple Cake

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By Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

I confess that I’m partial to Dr. Pepper soda and when I heard about using it in baking it made perfect sense to me.  This cake is a tasty morning cake snake cake, or after dinner dessert cake.


1/2 Cup Shortening
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Divided)
3 Large Eggs
2 1/2 Cups Unbleached Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Cup Dr. Pepper Soda
3 Cups Apples (Peeled, Cored & Chopped)
3/4 Cup Pecans (Finely Chopped)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large-size bowl add shortening. With mixer, on medium, cream shortening. Slowly add sugar and 1 cup brown sugar. Beat until well creamed. Add eggs, one at a time, until mixed well.

In medium-size bowl sift flour with baking powder, soda, and kosher salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with Dr. Pepper. Mix well after each addition.  Fold in chopped apples.  Pour batter into greased baking pan (13,9×9 inch pan).

In small-size bowl combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and chopped pecans. Evenly sprinkle mixture over batter. Place in oven for 45 minutes until done. Remember that each oven heats differently. Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Serves 8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 65 Minutes

“Work With What You Got!”

Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.