Why do you build me up, Dr. Pepper cupcake baby, just to let me down?

I have good news and bad news. The good news is, I found your hat, Woody. Joking. Good news is I made the most amazing cupcakes ever. I know I say that about stuff a lot, but seriously they were so awesome I was almost crying for real. Secret ingredient? DR. PEPPER. Look at that, you’re crying too. Keep it together. Oh, and the bad news? I went to the dentist today and found out I have 5 wisdom teeth. Count it, 5. And they all have to be pulled. I guess technically none of this matters to you since you aren’t a mutant 5 wisdom toothed alien like I am and you can’t have any of my cupcakes. Ha.

Today at the dentist while the dental hygienist was cleaning my teeth she was like “wow, you have nice teeth….no seriously, you have the best teeth I’ve seen in a while, especially for a teenager who had braces on for 2 years.” She then proceeded to compliment my teeth a good 10 times. I was raised to say thank you every time someone compliments me, and by the end I was struggling to say thanks while gagging on a mouthful of metal tools and that gross mint polish stuff.

Dentist story over. On to my review of The Avengers. I saw it with my dad tonight and I can totally see how it’s made seven bajillion dollars already. It was funny and actiony (that’s a word, right?) and I really, really enjoyed it.

Now let’s talk about the stupid stuff. First off, what exactly are all of their powers? Thor has a hammer, and then what? Hulk has anger management issues that make him turn green, Captain America has a shield that is a boomerang wannabe, Iron Man has money, Black Widow has…whatever she has, and Hawkeye got ripped off in the costume department. I mean come on, the man is wearing a tank top. You expect him to ram himself through windows and not get hurt while he’s wearing a girly top? Messed up.

As much as I loved the audience in the theater, my whole experience was ruined when on the way back to the car I had to hear some annoying girl talk about the movie to her boyfriend. She wouldn’t stop blabbing on about how she didn’t even see Thor and she could understand the whole Avengers plot. *slams head repeatedly on keyboard* And did you know that Thor and Gale from Hunger Games are brothers? Because she did. And obviously felt like that was a piece of important trivia because she even said she was impressed she knew it. Reality check: being impressed that you know two fictional characters are actually related in real life isn’t impressive. If we’re talking about being as gorgeous as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, now that’s very impressive. Get your facts straight lady.

Speaking of JGL and Bale, can we discuss how awesome the Batman trailer is on the big screen? I think the 2 minute long trailer had more real superheroes than the 2 1/2 hour long movie did. Hey, I’m just saying what I know you all are thinking.

You really need to drop what you’re doing and make these right now. I mean, you have all the ingredients, right? If you don’t have Dr. Pepper you’re never allowed to read my blog again. Or you could borrow some from us. We have a lot.

Dr. Pepper cupcakes

Adapted from here

Cupcake batter

1 box cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup Dr. Pepper


1 cup unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1/3 cup Dr. Pepper
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Make cupcakes according to the box. Easy enough.

Once the cupcakes are out of the oven, start on the frosting. Beat butter in large bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar, Dr. Pepper, cherry juice, vanilla, and ginger and beat. Add remaining sugar and beat until creamy. Put the frosting in an icing bag with a tip, if you’re all fancy schmancy like that. I just use a ziplock with a corner snipped off. Take the end of a spoon or fork or some utensil and poke a small-ish hole in each cupcake that goes about 1/2 way down. Pipe the frosting into the cupcake until it starts to overflow. Then frost the top as you wish. It was that moment that Picco realized that what she was really saying when she said ‘As you wish’ was that she loved Dr. Pepper cupcakes…


22 thoughts on “Why do you build me up, Dr. Pepper cupcake baby, just to let me down?

    • Thank you! And thanks for commenting :) You’re welcome back anytime. I might even make you some cupcakes. Ok, probably not. That was a total lie…aannnddd now I’m just going to stop talking.

  1. Picco, sorry to hear about your wisdom teeth situation. I too went to the dentist yesterday to find that all (4) of my wisdom teeth must be removed, and I wasn’t pleased. I’m excited to see what potentially ice-related goodies you’ll make to help you recover!

    Love your blog!

    • Meh, it’s ok. What, was yesterday haha-you-loser-I’m-your-dentist-and-I-say-let’s-yank-out-all-your-wisdom-teeth Wednesday? Kinda a stupid day, if you ask me. I’ll make sure to make lots of cold, non-solid foods we both can enjoy while we’re recovering :)

      • hahahaahha yes, i believe wednesday was haha-you-loser-i’m-your-dentist-and-i-say-let’s-yank-out-all-your-wisdom-teeth wednesday.

  2. These look super good! And your review of The Avengers’ powers… made me giggle. I was trying to figure out what exactly Black Widow did, other than look pretty and wobble her bottom lip to get information out of silly boys.

    And hey! I have six wisdom teeth! We can be mutantly toothed together! (although I’m not sure what powers extra wisdom teeth would give us…)

    • I was laughing in the theater :) I was like seriously people, these guys are so lame. I could put on a costume and do a better job at saving the world than they did. Maybe.

      Seriously? With my 5 wisdom teeth and your 6, we could be…wait for it…superheroes. We could call ourselves Wisdom Ladies and comfort people who have just had teeth pulled. Also, we can discuss the name. Wisdom Ladies sounded cooler in my head.

  3. *gasp* – you used cake mix?? For shame, Picco! Ok, just kidding. Anyways, those look amazing! Does it have to be white/yellow cake mix? ‘Cuz we have chocolate…and it sounds delicious.

    Oh, and here’s an amazing cheater cake recipe (though you probably know this with all your cooking-ness): take a box of cake mix. Pour it in a bowl. Pour in a can of name brand Coke. Mix together. Stick in the oven and bake. Comes out like an *ah-mazing* cake. No joke!

    And I have not seen the Avengers yet, but I really, really want to. Everybody I know has been talking about how awesome it is! Plus it has Iron Man…..who is epic. Seen that movie yet? If not, go now and watch it. go. what are you doing still reading this comment??

    One question: 5 wisdom teeth?…how? Like, do you have two on one side or something? haha sounds like something that would happen to me, so no worries.

    Yours derkishly,


    • GASP I’m such a cheater. Actually the original recipe called for chocolate cake mix, but I thought then it wouldn’t taste as Dr. Peppery. That and we only had vanilla cake mix…

      Actually I’ve never heard of that! I’m definitely going to have to try it. I’ve made cream soda cupcakes and now Dr. Pepper and they’ve both turned out really well, so I’m thinking of just going through all the sodas. Next up, Mountain Dew.

      I haven’t seen Iron Man. Grrr. But I saw Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr and he pretty much plays the same character in both of those, right? Sarcastic, obnoxious, super cool?

      I have two on the top right. Weird, huh? Kinda cool, but mostly weird.

  4. I love Dr. Pepper. It’s amazing. You know those really annoying Jack-in-the-box commercials (at least I think JinTB produces them) about the guy wanting to marry bacon? That’s me only with Dr. Pepper. I also love cupcakes. Like a lot.

    Other things I love: your new layout, going to see the Avengers a 2nd time with you, this post, and Dr. Pepper. That’s about it…


  5. Please have the dentist state the following oath: I promise to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

  6. I guess if you have 5 wisdom teeth that makes you smarter than everyone else. Except maybe Mara who has 6.
    I have two. Yep. It puzzled my orthodontist. Actually, I might have four but in that case two of my molars never came in. Can’t decide which one is the least weird. I definitely want to tell people whichever one is the weirdest.
    GAH I want to see The Avengers so bad! I think Dad and I are going to see it tomorrow. It will be awesome.
    And I cannot WAIT until the next Batman comes out. I’ve only been waiting since, like, forever.
    Uh, cupcake AND Dr. Pepper together? Is that much amazingness in one serving even legal?
    I am totally getting Dr. Pepper to make these. Before you defriend me for not having Dr. Pepper in the house, we have NO soda in the house at the moment.
    Pretty sure I would have killed for a Coke yesterday. It’s pretty sad when you go through soda withdrawals.

    • Now we know why I’m such a genius…or something…

      Two? Weird. My dad had 3. I think you should say you were born with a full set of teeth and now every night a new row of teeth comes up behind the other ones and all your teeth fall out and everyone calls you Sharky. Yeah.

      Batman is going to be so insanely awesome. When you go see Avengers, don’t get bummed out when JGL is only in the Batman trailer for like 7 seconds. Boo :(

      For a while I think I was addicted to soda. Since coffee is semi-disgusting, I would just drink Dr. Peppers everyday and then I’d need one to feel awake that day. My mom was like uhhh, you need to ease off, sister. Then I went through a no-soda phase and now I’m back. I missed it dearly.

      • Having an odd number of wisdom teeth is weird. I think between you and your dad, y’all have the other two I needed. Actually, it’s good I didn’t get my other wisdom teeth or I would have had to have them removed.
        That would have not gone well for me.

        Batman IS going to be stellar. Yes that was pretty sad about JGL but I didn’t even know he was in it when I first saw the trailer a few months ago so I totally got to go “OHMYGOSH Levitt is in this!”

        Coffee is very disgusting. So I drink tea because it’s splendiforous.
        Dr. Pepper would work fine too I suppose.

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