Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Root Beer Float Cupcake - a high point of American gastronomic inventiveness!

Two posts in one day! Aren't you the lucky ones! I've been wanting to make Root Beer cupcakes for aaaaaages! and decided it was finally time! plus I knew if I left that little can of A&W in my cupboard for any longer I would lose all will power and drink it.

The recipe I used was actually for a root beer bundt cake but I just made it in cupcake cases instead (that were a gift from a lovely cupcake loving friend!)  The recipe they had used called for Root Beer chocolate fudge frosting which did look amazing but I was in the mood for more of a 'Root Beer Float' and so I opted for vanilla frosting.  In the picture above I had used an ice cream scoop to dollop the frosting on top to try and make it look more authentic! I even ordered some little Root Beer barrel candy's from American Ebay for the occasion, and I crushed these up and sprinkled them on top. For the mini ones I made I decided to leave the complete barrel on top, aren't they cute!


I need you to know that these cupcakes weren't just good, they weren't even very good, they were absolutely fantastically amazing!!! Seriously, I can't remember the last time I ate something so delicious! and there's a secret ingredient that made all this happen...not the Root Beer, although that is obviously one of the key players that makes it so tasty, but oh no there's something far more special but I can't share it with you just yet.  

I hate to keep you in suspense, but it will have to wait until after Monday, as I plan to use it for my Iron Cupcake entry! and I can't be sure who is reading so all will be revealed next week! For now I leave you with these pictures...drool at your discretion

These are my inspired cupcake pedestals! It was actually A&W that I used in my cupcakes, the various root beer bottles in the background of the previous pictures are from my Root Beer bottle collection! Yes you heard right, I have a Root Beer bottle collection...I'm rather proud of it, most of those have survived coming across the Atlantic and being smuggled into a handbag once upon a time!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes:
Makes 24

2 cups root beer
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. 

In a small saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt together.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until just beaten, then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture. The batter will be slightly lumpy—do not overbeat, as it could cause the cupcakes to be tough.

Pour the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a small knife (or toothpick) comes out clean.

Now the surprise is over! here is what I used for the frosting!!

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting (A.K.A Melted Ice Cream):
Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes

4 cups icing sugar
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 teaspoons vanilla bean paste 
2 tablespoons milk

Mix together half the sugar and butter until they are blended and creamy.  Add the remaining sugar, I divide it in half so as not to have an icing sugar explosion. Add vanilla bean paste and milk and continue to beat for another minute.  If desired, add more vanilla bean paste to taste, or more icing sugar to make it stiffer.


  1. This has been something I've wanted to try for a long time. I've made the Diet Coke cupcakes, 7up cupcakes, but not root beer. Love how you did the whipped frosting and your pics. with the root beer look great! And now I want to know the secret ingredient. I'll check back next week. :)

  2. how cute are the mini ones! i love them so much and the idea of doing the float with the straw looks amazing! i can't wait to try these - think i might know what the secret ingredient is, i'll have to see if I'm right later! I love all the pictures - very creative you should be a professional cupcake photographer!

  3. Ooh, I have never thought about root beer cupcakes... I bet they would be SO good!

  4. These are too cute for words. Was it basically a choc base? That is like the ones I made. I also love, love, love the straws - such a fab effect. I thought you were making balloon ones not rootbeer for IC?? x

  5. P.S you have done well with your captions - I may have to resign! We found a cupcakerie in Harrogate today called Charley's but it had closed at 5 :( Will defo be going back they looked lush!

  6. these look really cute - hopefully will get to taste one (and find out your secret ingredient!) on Monday!

  7. Aw wow ive never tried root beer ebfore we dont have it in the UK, but these sure look delicious!

  8. Soooooo cute!
    Can't wait to see what you come up with for ICL!

  9. These look lovely...shamefully i've never tried root beer :(

  10. Those look amazing! I love how you displayed them too!
    Thanks so much for joining Cupcake Tuesday!

  11. I love root beer!! These look amazing. I so have to try these soon especially since I now know the secret ingredient :)



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