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Root Beer Chocolate Cupcakes

Root Beer Chocolate Cupcakes

When I saw this Root Beer Float Cake from Brown Eyed Baker, I just knew I had to make it! I love Root Beer and the thought of it in cake intrigued me!

Root Beer.  Cake.  Yum.  Yes please.

So I decided to try out the recipe, and instead make cupcakes! I used a grocery store Root Beer, but next time I would use a premium brand.  I think the flavour would be much stronger.  While this was the MOST moist chocolate cupcake I have ever had, it didn’t pack the Root Beer flavour punch I would have liked.  But I will try it again, but like I said, next time I would use a cream-of-the-crop Root Beer!

Oh, and this is where I admit that I cannot ice a cupcake if my life depended on it.  🙂


Root Beer Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Yield: 15 cupcakes 1x



Root Beer Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 cups Premium Root Beer – regular (not diet. And use the GOOD stuff.)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs (beaten)

Root Beer Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 ounce of dark chocolate (I used Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup butter (softenend)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tbsp Root Beer
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar


Root Beer Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. In a saucepan, on low-medium heat, combine Root Beer, cocoa powder and butter.
  2. Mix until butter is melted.
  3. Add sugars, mix until dissolved.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Once the Root Beer mix has cooled slightly, add beaten eggs, and combine.
  7. Then combine the flour mix and the Root Beer mix.
  8. Stir until just combined.
  9. In a muffin tin, add muffin liners, then fill your cupcakes about 2/3 full.
  10. In a preheated 325 degree oven, bake for about 18-20 minutes.
  11. Set aside to cool, before icing them.

Root Beer Chocolate Frosting

  1. Mix all icing ingredients, until the icing is nice and smooth.
  2. Then ice your cooled cupcakes.

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Adapted From Brown Eyed Baker

My mouth is watering even thinking about these little treats!  Just might have to make them this weekend! 


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  1. Oh my god! This looks superbly delicious and also one way of getting a true beer devotee into the kitchen! I know, i am off my couch and halfway to the grocery store to get the supplies and of course my root beer!

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  3. This looks really good! I made a root beer float cake, and it’s one of my favorites. This looks divine, especially that frosting. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    I’d love for you to link this and any other cupcake post you have at the month long Cupcake Link Party!


  4. What “Good Stuff”?? The only root beer that was good that was available at our grocery stores was A&W root beer, but that was BEFORE the idiots at that company CHANGED the damn formula. Now it tastes GHASTLY!!! Absolutely appalling, vile, sickening, revolting, and digusting!!!!!!!! A&W was a very good soda, but then about 5 or 6 years ago they decided for absolutley NO apparent reason to change the formula, using some kind of NASTY “Aged Vanilla”, as stated on their cans. It’s absolultey vile, just disgusting. It tastes like COUGH SYRUP and has a horrible, retched, and repugnant after taste to it, just ghastly. I can’t stand it at all. I HATE it. We haven’t had A&W root beer since then, or the root beer floats we used to make them with since then. We used to make root beer floats using Bryers all natural vanilla bean ice cream and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!!!! We LOVED it. I have absolutely NO idea why in the world they would change such a beloved soda that was so good, into something so retched. I don’t get it at all. At least they could have kept the old formula also, for those of us who did NOT like the new kind. That is something that we just don’t understand. Why not keep the old formula too, offer both?? What morons they are at that company. I wish we could get fountain root beer from their restaurant, because the root beer from their fountainhead at their restaurants is even BETTER then the store bought kind in the cans. The OLD canned root beer was good too, but not nearly as good as their restaurant root beer, nor did it taste the same. I have no idea why their old formula root beer in the cans never tasted like the root beer at their restaurants, but it didn’t. Maybe it had something to do with the carbonation?? I don’t know.

    Anyway, what other PREMIMUM root beers are there that you can suggest now that A&W has RUINED theirs?? Please email me and let me know. I would like to make this. Thank you very much for your assistance,

  5. Boy, what a good speller I am, huh?? I should have checked my comment for errors BEFORE I posted it. My apologies to those of you who read my post with all of my shameful misspelled words.

  6. Any advice for finding “PREMIUM” root beer would be greatly appreciated. We haven’t had root beer in years and would love to know where to get it. We won’t drink/use A&W UNTIL they bring back their old version/formula, and since we highly doubt that is going to happen, A&W is OUT!! We don’t like Shasta, Mug, Dad’s, or ANY of the other brand name or generic root beers in the market that is available here in Southern California, so we will have to get them online, through the mail, or elsewhere if people can help us out. If you know of any REALLY good/great root beers, please contact the website owner and let them know to let us know. We would really, really appreciate it. Thank you very much. Dee Dee

    1. Hi Dee Dee
      You are right, good root beer is hard to find! Sometimes we have better luck with locally made root beers, as they tend to have less ingredients and taste much better. I would recommend checking to see if you have any companies in your area that make a root beer – I often find them in specialty stores or in the grocery store. Hope that helps!

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