I’m a sucker for soft drinks unveiling new flavors – any time a popular beverage adds a new twist to their time-honored taste, it equates to an instant visit to the grocery store by me. Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper was no exception, attempting to capitalize on the old-fashioned soda fountain charm; it was met with seemingly passable enthusiasm by the common consumer, but far from a big hit.
So, to my chagrin, I was totally startled to find a dessert based upon this peculiar soda spin-off. Upon a late-night visit for snacks at the local Wal-Mart, where they’re always happy to exploit the working class, I stumbled upon this for a measly $2.00. I was glad to pay it, too; it’s not every day you get to eat cake, yet alone a cake made to emulate the qualities of a second-tier soft drink.
Feast your eyes upon Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper Creme Cake! Here, in all of its sugary glory, is a gift from the gallivanting gastronomical gods. If you didn’t know any better, upon first glance, it’d likely appear to be a generic strawberry dessert of no discernable origin.
But we, as critical consumers of culture, do know better. Just like we knew better in Super Mario Bros. 2, when Tryclyde tried to breath fire on us. Momma didn’t raise no fool, Tryclyde!
Be forewarned, if you leave your Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper Creme Cake lying about, someone’s sure to try and cut themselves off a piece. It’s all good in the hood, though; I’m no hater.
So, all of these formalities and pleasantries aside, it’s time to discuss our cake and if it’s any good. I’m here to tell you, emphatically, it’s tasty. It was fresh, the texture very airy and moist, and extraordinarily sweet without being too sugary. It also has a hint of something, which at first, I foolishly thought was cinnamon; but, upon further bites, was very pleased to find that it was the essence of Dr. Pepper itself my mouth was recognizing. Generally, I’m not a big fan of icing, be it on birthday cakes or whatever, it’s just too much – but here, the icing is absolutely essential, reminiscent of the kind on homemade cinnamon rolls, and really adds to the overall quality of the dessert.
In closing, for only $2.00, you’ll get six servings of soda pop inspired cake, and you’ll undoubtedly be happy with your purchase. It was just weird enough to warrant a buy on uniqueness alone, but after tasting it, any fears were quickly vanquished. Also, they had 7-Up, Orange Crush, and Hawaiian Punch cakes, which all sound interesting in their own respective ways. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the one soda pop I’d truly like to have seen given the cake treatment, and that’s Crystal Clear Pepsi, but a boy can dream.
Overall Grade: B+