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Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe

Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe

Rootbeer is one of those things that brings back a special memory in our house. For that reason alone I love this Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe. The memory goes like this: My husband, daughter, and I were at Panda Express. My daughter was probably 3-4 years old at the time and we had ordered her a kids meal. She got to choose what she wanted to drink and she said, “Daddy I want Fruit Beer!” So in our house it isn’t Root Beer it is Fruit Beer!


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Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¾ cup softened Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2½ cup Flour
  • 2½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1½ cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Root Beer Extract or 1 tsp Root Beer Concentrate
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Root Beer
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Root Beer
  • 1 tsp Root Beer Extract or ¼ tsp Root Beer Concentrate
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  1. Line muffin pans with paper liners.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Stir together flour, salt and baking powder.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  5. Mix in eggs, root beer extract and vanilla.
  6. Gradually add in flour and root beer until just combined.
  7. Fill each cup about ⅔ full.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Whip butter, root beer extract and vanilla for frosting until fluffy.
  11. Gradually add powdered sugar.
  12. Add root beer until you reach desired consistency.
  13. Transfer to piping bag and frost each cupcake.
  14. Top with a cherry and cut straw (optional).


Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe

Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe

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About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. nicole dziedzic says:

    Wow this Is a great cupcake recipe for a movie theme night or party. And who doesn’t love root beer float flavor. Delicious.

  2. Amy Orvin says:

    How yum is this? I would love to make some of the cupcakes. I usually stick with the same ol’ boring classics like red velvet or chocolate. This recipe will broaden my horizons.

  3. Tiffany Dover says:

    Mmmmmm, I’m getting hungry just looking at this! It sounds amazing and I bet it tastes soo good!

  4. ellen beck says:

    You know I see this late at night and now I want one ! This looks good, and I know hubby would love it because he likes floats. Honestly, nowdays I dont much make cakes or cupcakes, I buy them now and then (one or two at a time) so I havent tried any new cupcakes for a while.

  5. Holy cow!!! I need these!

  6. Joy @ Joy Love Food says:

    I love root beer floats, these cupcakes sound amazing!

  7. This recipe sounds amazing, I used to live in a small town and we only had one chain restaurant which was a & w and I always loved the root beer in the frosted mugs so this sounds great to me. Thanks.

  8. This sounds so delicious, I love root beer so I know I would love these too! Thanks for linking up at the Creative Collection Link Party!

  9. Diana Rambles says:


  10. What a great cupcake treat, we will just love your Root Beer Float Cupcakes! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. I love root beer floats and cupcakes are my weakness…so the two together sounds like the perfect treat! I’d love if you stopped by to share this at our Creative Inspiration party tonight at 8pm CST.

  12. These cupcakes look glorious! Brings back the memories of going to the Root Beer Stand. Yum! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Treasure Box Tuesday.

  13. Oooo these are so pretty. I’ve never had a root beer as it isn’t a big thing in England but I just know I’d love these.

    P.s. Found you via Show & Tell

  14. Theresa says:

    I look forward to trying out your cupcake recipe. Root beer has always been my favorite drink. The only time my mom bought pre-sweeten Kool-Aid was when it came in root beer flavor. I enjoyed your story as well. I had a similar experience with my 1st daughter. We were heading to Del Taco and she said, “Mom, I want some “roof” beer. It took a long time to get her to say it correctly.

  15. I have many fond memories of having root beer floats with my dad as a kid. I love the idea of making cupcakes with them as root beer is actually really good in baking.

  16. Thao @ In Good Flavor says:

    I rarely drink soda, but root beer (and cream soda) is on my top two list of sodas to drink. This cupcake caught my attention. It looks lovely and sounds delicious!

  17. Jerusha (@TheDisneyChef) says:

    This looks absolutely phenomenal! I love the edging on the icing… It makes it look like a real float! This tugs at my heart strings and reminds me of when I was a kid. Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. I never heard of root beer concentrate before – I’d love to get some and make these!!!! They sound dynamite!

  19. Janet W. says:

    I don’t ever think of this flavor as a cupcake flavor, but what a delicious idea and recipe! Would love to try it!

  20. How many does this yield???

  21. David Fultner says:

    This is an awesome flavorfor a cup cake.

  22. Colleen, this cupcake is so pretty! Love that it is root beer flavored!
    So glad you came to my party today.
    Hope you will stop by on Thursday for my new Recipe Sharing party, too ♥

  23. These look SCRUMPTOUS!!!

  24. How yummy! My oldest son would love these! I’ll be pinning this for later.

  25. These look awesome!!

  26. Yum! I can’t wait to give these a try. They will definitely be a hit for our summer parties, that’s for sure! I have a wonderful rootbeer cookie recipe I’ve been using for years so something new will be wonderful.

  27. These cupcakes look delicious! I know my kids will love them!

  28. Loved it!! How did you get the frosting to look like that on the cupcake…mine always ends up looking flat? What tip did you use? Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with us at Friday Favorites! I hope you will join us again this week! Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home

  29. I am a root beer lover too, and these are awesome looking! Thank you for linking up and sharing at Celebrate It!

  30. I am not a root beer lover, but my son and husband are absolute fans. Maybe I can surprise them and make these…they look like something they would love! Thanks for sharing!

  31. That is the cutest story about your little girl wanting a “Fruit Beer” Float! Thank you for linking up these delicious Root Beer Float Cupcakes at the Creative Muster Party! We hope you’ll stop by Tuesday night at 6 pm EST to party with us again. Your post is one of my #FavoritePosts this week, so it’s been shared on Instagram @MySweetMission with my followers. 🙂 ~Heather

  32. These looks amazing! Pinned for future use!

  33. What a yummy cupcake, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  34. I love root beer- and cupcakes- so this is right up my alley. It looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Handmade Hangout! I’ll be featuring your project on my blog ( when the new linky goes live today at 6pm ET. I hope you’ll stop by again and link up!

  35. Hi! We are having a root beer float themed birthday party in April, and I was wondering if this is a high altitude friendly recipe, or if you’d by chance have a recommendation on the adjustments? Thank you very much! I can’t wait to make these, my daughter is going to love them!!

  36. This cupcake recipe is cute and looks yummy.

  37. Hannah C says:

    This looks delicious!

  38. Allyson becker says:

    Oh my gosh… Is this a real recipe? It looks heavenly. I am literally drooling.

  39. BILL HOFF says:

    We are always looking for different treats to prepare the grand kids…and me!

  40. Diane Juarez says:

    How many cupcakes does this yield? Thank you!!!

  41. Elisabeth says:

    These would be perfect for the Fourth of July party we’re going to!

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