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Dirty Dr. Pepper Poke Cake

Y’all know that I have a serious weakness when it come to Dr. Pepper… yes, I know it’s not THAT healthy for me but, I love it anyways!

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Now, turn a regular Dr. Pepper into a “Dirty” Dr. Pepper and you’ve got a raving lunatic on your hands (just kidding… pretty much)

AND thus the idea for this Dirty Dr. Pepper Poke Cake has been bouncing around in my head for the past couple of months…

I finally got around to making it and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled with the results!  It tastes absolutely divine…

Yield: 12

Dirty Dr. Pepper Poke Cake

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Y’all know that I have a serious weakness when it come to Dr. Pepper… yes, I know it’s not THAT healthy for me but, I love it anyways!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • Cake:
  • 1 15.25 ounces chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups Dr. Pepper soda
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, approx 1 lime
  • zest of one lime
  • 6 ounces neufchâtel cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 13.66 ounces lite coconut milk
  • 1 8 ounces container light cool whip topping
  • 1/2 cup toasted sweetened coconut
  • Lime Drizzle:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, approx 1 1/2 limes
  • zest of one lime


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl whip cream cheese until smooth, add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add cake mix and Dr. Pepper; mix well.
  5. Add lime juice and zest; mix until smooth.
  6. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center removes clean.
  7. Cool on wire rack.
  8. Once cake is completely cool-
  9. Poke cake every 2 inches with the back of a round mixing spoon.
  10. Shake coconut milk well, evenly pour over cake.
  11. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4-5 hours for coconut milk to soak in.
  12. When ready to serve add toppings:
  13. Lime Drizzle:
  14. In small mixing bowl, cream butter, add 1/2 C powdered sugar; mix in.
  15. Add lime juice and zest; mix.
  16. Add remaining powdered sugar; mix until smooth.
  17. Pour over cake: spread evenly.
  18. Toast coconut in a small non-stick frying pan on medium high for 4-5 minutes stirring constantly so it won't burn, remove to cool completely.
  19. Evenly spread cool whip topping over cake and top with toasted coconut.
  20. Enjoy!
  21. *keep cake refrigerated until serving

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 5g

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The basic “Dirty” recipe is a couple of squirts of coconut syrup with a lime wedge added into your favorite soda beverage.   Me?  I like to add Almond Joy Creamer and a lime wedge which makes it taste a little more like an Italian soda.

I’m telling ya, it’ll be all be over with the very first bite of this Dirty Dr. Pepper Poke Cake… you won’t want to share one single piece!

Actually, I was nice and shared some of this fabulous cake with my good friend, Jacquie, she’s to blame for  introducing me to the “Dirty” side of Dr. Pepper 😉


Have a super awesome Tuesday and enjoy a piece of cake while your at it!

xoxo~ Ruthie

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  3. Danielle says:

    OMG – you had me at Dr. Pepper!!! Add the ‘dirty’ in there, and I’m throwing up the white flag!!!

    Danielle @

  4. Jacquie says:

    That’s what friends are for! Just when you think dr pepper can’t get any better!

  5. Stefani says:

    Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING! I’m going to have to go get some limes so I can make this. I can’t turn down anything with Dr. Pepper…it’s my HFCS indulgence. πŸ™‚

  6. Camey says:

    Looks delish! I’m not a fan of Dr Pepper, but I think I’d love this cake! A must try!

    • Ruthie says:

      Hi Cam! I promise you will love it even w/o being a Dr. Pepper addict like me πŸ™‚ Thanks for the fun comment… xoxo~ Ruthie

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