There's something so nostalgic about root beer floats. I don't know what it is exactly. I wouldn't say that root beer floats were a dessert that we ate often as kids. But somehow in my mind it conjures up thoughts of old fashioned soda shops and girls wearing poodle skirts.
So I guess I'm just thinking of movies.These are not actual root beer floats. You got me. Man, I can't get anything past you guys. Ok so these are just root beer float flavored cupcakes. But if that's a big let down for you… uh… did you miss the part where I said root beer float flavored cupcakes!?Here's the secret ingredient: root beer extract. If you can't find root beer extract where you live, see if you can find sassafras extract. It's a VERY similar flavor. Root Beer Float Cupcakes, makes 24.
2 2/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon root beer extract
2/3 cup oil
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 cups water
In a bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (the first 5 listed above). In another bowl stir together the wet ingredients (the last 4 listed above). Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir until just combined and nearly no lumps remain. This batter will be quite liquid. Pour the batter into prepared cupcake pans so that each cup is 2/3 full. Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick insert in a cupcake comes out clean.Sometimes recipe development can be a disappointing thing. Here you can see my deflated first attempt. I adjusted ingredient amounts (to the ones listed above) and… Batch #2 was perfect. Don't be afraid to be adventurous in the kitchen (and life). Mistakes are just opportunities to learn and grow.Root Beer Butter cream Frosting, makes 2 1/2 cups
1 cup (two sticks) softened butter
3 teaspoons root beer extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cream (I used half and half)
Whip together the softened butter and extract until well combined and almost fluffy. Begin incorporating the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing in between. If you find the frosting gets too thick add a little cream. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.You can top these with cherries and paper straws if you're really wanting to try to conjure up that float look. We bought our paper straws from Etsy and cut them to fit the cupcakes. Enjoy! xo. Emma
making these right now!!
I made these for Easter dinner, and then brought the remaining ones into work. Everyone LOVED them so thank you for this fun cupcake recipe. I know you hear it all the time but your blog has inspired me to create more!
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I really admire you!
Your food always looks so beautiful and perfect!I wish mine would look like that!
Oh and thanks a lot for telling,where you got your paper straws,they are so cute!Need to buy them too!
So, I went ahead and had to make these this past weekend. I made mine minis and used the frosting as a filling and then made vanilla whipped cream as a topping. And cherry jelly bean for the cherry!! I took them to work and got a great response- thank you!!!
Oh, and I had a tough time finding the root beer extract but finally got it at a beer supply store- they had 3 choices- woo hoo!
These sounds great!
ooohhhh Thank you Emma for the tip!
These are so cute!
These are so cute!!!! I have to make them!!
Kristina B- There are probably many reasons that cake can fall like this. But for me this time the problem was not enough salt.
ok HOW did you fix the sunken cakes? This happened to me when I made my hi-hats.
Oh wow those look delicious!
I love root beer floats! So nostalgic!
These are adorable! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
Wow, it is mouth watering. I am going to make it soon. Thanks for the recipe.
yum yum. and o so adorable.
Mmmm root beer is my vice! I’m going to have to try these!
I made em and OMG so good. I only could find root beer concentrate, but guess what they still worked out nicely.
Looks so cute and delicious! 🙂
i cant wait to make these for everyone at work! theyll flip! thanks for sharing! yummmmm!