A few months back, I saw a post on another blog for rootbeer float cupcakes. The idea got in my mind and settled there and would not leave. When I finally decided I had to have them (hmm…pregnancy craving?) I could not find root beer extract/concentrate anywhere. So, when I finally hit up one of our local farmer’s markets, they luckily they had just the product and I blogged about that here . So, when some of our friends visited from Texas a few weeks back, I just had to make them. We were so impatient in eating them, we ate them hot out of the oven with the icing practically dripping off, and they were UH-mazing.
The thing about the recipe is… it only makes 12. Which for my pre-pregnancy waistline is a good thing, but when sharing with friends they disappear like hotcakes. So, since I had to give so many away, I decided to make them again when we visited N. Carolina last week.
The recipe from How Sweet Eats is amazing, but it’s a little labor intensive. So, I am sharing my abbreviated version, if you want to give them a try. The first time I put a little extra extract and I think it might have been better, but it depends how subtle you want the “hint of rootbeer” to be. Regardless add them to your baking to do list.
Root Beer Cupcake Ingredients
One box of chocolate cake (prepared to direction)
1/3 cup of Root Beer
2 teaspoons of root beer extract/concentrate
1 and 1/2 cups butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons of milk (to texture)
1/4 teaspoon of root beer extract
Make the chocolate cupcakes according to package directions, except at the water step, Sub 1/3 cup rootbeer in place of water. That will vary depending on which brand of cupcakes you buy. Add the rootbeer and the rootbeer extract to the batter before baking. Bake according to package directions.
Allow to cool completely if you want your icing to not melt off like mine 😆
Cream the butter until smooth, add one cup of powdered sugar at time. Add the milk and vanilla and continue blending.
Add the root beer extract and taste to see if the flavor is to your preference. Apply frosting with a pastry bag, or icing spatula.
Love and Cupcakes. XOXOXO