Throw back a cold, frosty one….kind of

I’m just as addicted to cooking magazines as I am to cookbooks. From time to time I must go through them all and figure out what to save and what to toss since my magazine collection would run us out of the apartment if I let it. I bought a Betty Crocker Cakes, Bars, and Cookies one back in February and at the time I said I would make the root beer cake that was featured in there. Never did of course. Found it again last night.  One thing I like about the Betty Crocker food magazine special editions is that they have a photo of every recipe and I appreciate that. They had cute little root beer flavored candy sticks which I could not find anywhere. I then tried to find those little root beer barrels I used to eat as a kid, no such luck. So I used gummy colas, which are not root beer flavored, but they are in the same family.

I was picky about the root beer I used(shocking I know). I chose Sprecher Root Beer Soda. I love that root beer. It comes from Wisconsin and they use raw honey in the brew and it has a nice creamy flavor. The original recipe calls for whipped topping(like Cool Whip) but I chose to make real whipped cream with a little sugar. If I wasn’t making the cupcakes, I would have chopped up the cake and made a trifle out of it with the cake whipped cream and I would have boiled down the rest of the root beer to make a syrup to drizzle over it. I also would have put it in beer mugs(preferably clear ones) to make it extra special.

The cupcakes really do have the flavor of root beer but it not over-powering by any means. I think this would be a fun cake to make for a kids birthday party or if you have a root beer lover in the house, make it for them. To say these are easy to make is putting it mildly, so if you are not a big baker, these would be a great thing to practice on and build your confidence with.


Root Beer Float Cake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup rootbeer
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg

Heat oven to 350F. Grease bottom and side of 8-inch round pan with shortening, lightly floured. I chose to make mini cupcakes.
Beat all the ingredient in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping the bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes(cupcakes took me 17). Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours…cupcakes cooled within 15.
Cut cake horizontally to make 2 layers. Spread whipped topping(or sweetened whipped cream) over bottom layer of cake. Add top of cake. Top remaining whipped topping. Store covered in fridge.

Source: Betty Crocker Cakes, Bars and Cookies, Volume 6, Number 1

P.S. Thank goodness we got more light today in Seattle, I was having a hissy fit yesterday with the bad lighting.




  1. Hehe this is cute, I love the gummy bottle on top!

  2. A root beer cupcake – so much fun!

  3. The gummy bottle (even if it isn’t rootbeer) is great. And as always, your photos are very impressive.

  4. Very creative. I’d be interested to taste it.

  5. Rootbeer cake!

    I’ve made cakes with 7UP and cola, but never rootbeer. I have to try this!

  6. That is so cute! You are very creative!!!

  7. It’s certainly original. I’d love to try this one!

  8. Root Beer cupcakes would have to be a winner at a kid’s party. I think I might know some 30’s something kids who would be delighted!!

  9. Hi there – I just saw Sprecher root beer on a show on the Food Network and want to try it. I googled “sprecher root beer seattle” and came across your blog. Could you share where Sprecher can be found in the Seattle area?


  10. Glenna- I buy mine at Central Market. You can proably get it at Whole Foods also.

  11. Yummmmm oh yum. I was just looking through the cakes on your blog and came across this. I’m a big rootbeer fan so I can’t wait to try these.

  12. Cheryl Newton says:

    I’m new to your blog, and am reading it from the beginning, because I’m anal like that. For candy sticks, try the country store area of a Cracker Barrel, if you have any near you. And for the root beer barrels, if they don’t have those at CB also, try the Brach’s Pick A Mix display if any of your grocery stores have them. I want to say that I’ve also seen them at Walgreen’s with the bagged candies and at convenience stores. They’re usually in smaller bags that are 2/$1. In case you want to make the cupcakes again …

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