Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Root Beer Float Cupcakes for Father's Day

Imagine the flavor of a root beer float.
The fizzy bite of the root beer, mixed with the creamy vanilla ice cream...
that's exactly what you get with these Root Beer Float Cupcakes,
and they are delicious!

The cupcakes are covered with a glaze that delivers intense root beer flavor
and the frosting is made with melted vanilla ice cream.

Is your dad or husband a root beer fan?
Wrap up these cupcakes with some bottles of Dad's Root Beer and you have
a fabulous Father's Day gift idea!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Root Beer Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons root beer extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups root beer
Root Beer Glaze
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup root beer
  • 1 tablespoon root beer extract
  • 1 tablespoon oil
Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup melted vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Root Beer Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
In a large bowl, beat the butter for one minute. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the root beer extract and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the root beer to the batter, ending with the flour mixture.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 with batter and bake for 15-17 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Root Beer Glaze
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; mix until smooth.

Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting
In a large bowl, beat the butter for one minute. Add the melted ice cream and vanilla, mixing until well combined. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, mixing until smooth. Keep covered.
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Spread about a teaspoon of glaze on the top of each cooled cupcake.
Top with a swirl of frosting and a root beer barrel candy.

...and share a few with Dad. :)

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Another Father's Day cupcake recipe...

Salted Caramel Buttercream with a Mustache


  1. These look & sound awesome...any dad would love them!:)

  2. These look great!!! :) I know a few people that could help me eat these!

  3. Yum! Root beer cupcakes rock! I love that glaze!

  4. These are too cute and I'm guessing crazy tasty, too.
    Love the chocolate mustaches!

  5. These look amazing!!! I love cupcakes and can't say I've ever had root beer ones. Yum!

  6. Hi! Found you on Live Laugh Rowe. Wow!! These looks AMAZING! I love, love, love root beer floats. Sadly I can't bake to save my life, so I just need to find someone to make these for me :) Now following via GFC.
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

  7. Ooooh, sooooo delicious!! :-)

  8. What a cute and delicious idea! I love the glaze but I am really excited about the ice cream frosting! I have never heard of or tried melted ice cream in frosting and it sounds GREAT! The flavor possibilities are endless. I can't wait to try. Thanks!!

  9. Yummieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee................


  10. These cupcakes look wonderful! Great minds think alike, my husband requested root beet cupcakes last week too :)

  11. Delicious idea! Not just for Dad, I hope. :-)

  12. Do these cupcakes do well at room temp or do they need to be refrigerated?

  13. I just made these today and WOW! They are awesome! I don't even like root beer (although, I can handle a root beer float). They were a BIG hit at my house!

  14. Great! That looks absolutely an awesome one.
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  15. I just made these for a friend that just had a baby. I think they are going to be a hit. My husband already ate one and I got an approving nod :)


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