Friday, July 2, 2010

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Sounds delicious right?? Well...they ARE! These cupcakes taste AMAZINGLY like root beer and the frosting tastes just like vanilla ice cream. My friend LOVES root beer so I knew I had to make these for her birthday. I had quite a time trying to track down root beer extract for the cupcakes but I finally found it at a beverage brewing warehouse. I talked with the guy selling it to me and I ended up learning all about how to make soda! Very interesting stuff!! They had every kind of extract I could think of!!! They had all soda extracts but also liquor and beer extracts!! It was crazy!!! Now my husband wants Jagermeister cupcakes. LOL! Okay on to the recipes!!!

Root Beer Cupcakes

1 cup of Root Beer soda
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of root beer extract
1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Pinch of salt

1. Stir the Root Beer soda and vinegar together and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes.

2. Add in the sugar and oil, whisking vigorously for a couple of minutes. It should look frothy.

3. Stir in extracts.

4. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together, stirring in about 1/2 cup at a time. Do not overmix!

5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes. (Makes 12 cupcakes)

Vanilla Bean Frosting

1 1/2 cups of confectioner's sugar, sifted
1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
4 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste
1 tablespoon of milk

1. Beat the butter until you get a smooth consistency.

2. Beat in the vanilla bean paste.

3. Beat in 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar at a time.

4. Beat in the milk until all ingredients are completely combined.

Doesn't that look YUM-O!!!!!!! I could have eaten the whole bowl but that wouldn't have been very good for my waist or my cupcakes...but I did find another GREAT use for this frosting!!

Yep! Good ol' Teddy Grahams!!!! I haven't had them in YEARS but when I saw them at the grocery store the other day I had to get a box for old time's sake. They were as delicious as I remembered and even better with the vanilla frosting on them!!! :)

Here's how I brought my friend her birthday cupcake!! Isn't this box adorable? I found them at Hobby Lobby and they work perfectly!!!

So now I need y'alls help!!! I can't decide what cupcakes to make for my friend's Fourth of July party on Sunday!!!!! I was thinking about making a plain buttermilk cupcake but with red, white and blue marbled cake. I can't decide what frosting! Or maybe I can do plain white buttermilk cupcakes and then have fancy frosting...? I want it to be a cupcake everyone would like so that rules out my watermelon or pink lemonade cupcakes I've been wanting to make. What do y'all think??


  1. I'd love to taste these. I haven't had root beer in YEARS! I'd go for a plain-ish cupcake but with fancy frosting - with stripes and dots in your colours - or something like that. Have a great weekend!

  2. Oh my gosh, these look so yummy!! Thanks for the recipe. I love your blog!

  3. You should do white cake with a variety of frostings. Would it be too much to do red, white and blue frosting?? And the cupcakes sound good!! I LOVE root beer floats so I'm guessing I'd love these!

  4. My sister loves root beer too, so I'll have to try these. You are seriously talented!

  5. oh wow I am so impressed with these! they sound fantastic. for the 4th, maybe you could make red velvet cup cakes and do a white icing and put blue sprinkles on top?!

  6. These are adorable!!! I love the mini straw decoration! And you have gotten to be a pro at that swirly icing technique! Bravo!

    I live the white cupcake with a variety of icings idea!

  7. Adorable!!!! That must be a special friend to go to such lengths!

    I vote for marble cake with vanilla icing and star sprinkles!

  8. if it wasn't enough that you make the most yummy of are currently reading still my heart! i know we'd be besties in real life! have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Root Beer Cupcakes?? How adorable! I love that you put the straw!! I need to make something for a party this weekend so I'll remember this post!! hehe. =) I'd say do the red, white, & blue & maybe do a confetti cupcake batter? It might be a lil colorful & fun for the holiday!! =) Happy 4th of July lady! =)

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  10. Oh My! I'm going to make these instead of the cupcakes I was planning on making. Which, since you are clearly a better cupcake maker than me- would be good for you!

    they are american pie cupcakes. YOu make cupcakes to look like little pies!

    I tried making them but I don't have the right icing tip to make the hatchwork on them and such.

    question- how do you get the frosting to look perfect like that?

  11. These cupcakes look amazing...we are big cupcake fans here at my casa...we are thinking of making a Snickerdoodle cupcake...that is my middle daughter's favorite cake...not sure it will work...I think we will have to try yours next...

    My college girl surprised us with a weekend visit last night and brought my favorite Red Velvet cupcakes from Atlanta...cupcakes are just the perfect dessert....

    Happy Fourth!

  12. Any kind of cupcake is fine by me! He he. Those sound delish, and I'm sure your red, white, and blue cupcakes will be a huge hit! Happy July 4th weekend, doll!

  13. You are so cute! Only your cupcakes are worthy of having their own individual boxes! LOVE!

    That vanilla bean frosting looks especially delicious! I had a friend that would top Triscuits with frosting as a snack. It sounds weird because they're salty, but they're actually really tasty. Haven't tried that in awhile.

    Love the Teddy Grahams with frosting too. :)

  14. You need to start your own cupcake business!! Why dont you do that on the side? People looove cupcakes!
    I love these root beer cupcakes and I cannot wait to see what you create for the 4th of July!

  15. My husband would seriously LOVE those cupcakes! The place you got the extract sounds really cool. I don't think we have a place like that around here so I don't know that I'll be making these any time soon.

    As far as your 4th cupcakes, I like the color in the cupcake for a little hidden surprise. Then on the top you could do a simple buttercream or your buttermilk icing that you mentioned. You could garnish some with red sprinkles, some with blue, and then use little flag toppers. I know whatever you do will be super cute and yummy!

  16. Oh yum. Do they taste as good as the look?

  17. Awesome! I've never seen anything like this! They look very professional. The little box is so cute too.

    xo Marcie

  18. Blue velvet cucpakes! Haha

    But these look amazing. I'll take a dozen. Now. Ok? Ha. Have fun this weekend!

  19. Those look amazing! You should open your own cupcake bakery ... forget school! ;-) hehe

  20. You are SUCH a good friend! That cupcake looks so professionally done! And root beer float flavor sounds fantastic. I might have to try these. Yum. Oooh, let's see. I always love Vanilla cupcakes but if you want something festive that everyone will like the buttermilk cupcake sounds delicious! Maybe you could do white (vanilla or cream cheese or something) frosting and dye it red or blue? Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


  21. Okay, those look fantastic and I don't even like root beer! :) Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

  22. Those look so amazing!! Thank you for the recipe!! :-D

  23. wow! Those seriously look amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe! I will definitely try them out!

    xo enjoy the holiday weekend! Happy 4th!

  24. that cupcake and its box are ah-may-zing luv!

  25. You blog is lovely! I found it from a comment over at Suburban Princess. My son could take or leave sweets, but he loves rootbeer floats. I cannot wait to make these for him. Thanks, Associate Girl

  26. I CANNOT WAIT to make these cupcakes. I love root beer and I love root beer floats. The straw and box are adorable. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing.

    By the way, you must have a piping kit. I really need one of those. :)

  27. Gotta make these for the Captain, one of his favorite guilty pleasures. I have a cake sort of similar to this, I will look up the recipe and post and share with you soon!
    Thanks for all your sweet sweet comments!

  28. oh my gosh! how cute are these?!?! I am going to make these next week! We love root beer & I love cupcakes! I made red, white & blue cupcakes for the 4th.
    I am your newest follower, I found your blog through Sara's blog! Looking forward to reading more!