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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.
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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  • Reply
    Katie Elizabeth
    June 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    What an interesting recipe. Looks pretty yummy so it’d definitely be really interesting to try. I love cupcakes 😉

    xo katie elizabeth

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    June 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    These sound soooo good 🙂

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    Blogging ExtraLite
    June 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    June 24, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    I love root beer!! (I used to work for A&W.) How yummy!

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    June 24, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    I’m gonna try this!

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    Christine's Pantry
    June 24, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Root beer… rocks! My mom and I use to go to A&W. Mouthwatering recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 24, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    These sound soooo good!!!! Such a unique idea too. Your picture is amazing too – I always have such a hard time taking pictures of food!
    Star Hughes Living

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    Claudia Becks
    June 24, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    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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    June 24, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    We are a root beer loving family here! These look so good. I must try. I’d love for you to share them at Fun For Kids Friday.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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    June 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    OH MY…I drink root beer EVERYday…..this is going to be sinful! Making them now. :o)

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    Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts
    June 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    These look great!! Thanks for posting! I’d love for you to link up to my sweet treats party this weekend. Hope to see you there!

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    Katie @ This Chick Cooks
    June 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Those cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for stopping by. I’m your newest follower. See you at the recipe swap Wednesday 🙂

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    lizy b
    June 26, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Looks so good! Love root beer! What a perfect dessert for the fourth of July!

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    The Creative Muslimah
    June 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Oh my GoD! Looks amazing! try posting this loooovely recipe o my 100th post competition where this recipe would be a great add! 😀


    -the creative muslimah

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    Debra Daniels-Zeller
    June 29, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Root beer cupcakes, brilliant combination!

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    June 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Love your blog! These cupcakes look great.

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    Screaming Sardine
    July 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    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!


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    July 4, 2011 at 6:03 AM

    Wow, those cupcakes sound like a fab combo of flavors. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till tomorrow night and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your cupcakes up.

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    July 20, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    gorgeous little cupcakes for sure

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    Dee Dee
    June 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    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,

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    Dee Dee
    June 5, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    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.

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    Dee Dee
    June 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    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

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      June 6, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      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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