Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe

Root beer flavored cupcakes topped with sweetened whipped cream.

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One of my favorite summer flavors is the classic root beer float.

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Growing up we loved drinking them on porch after dinner. It’s amazing how two simple ingredients root beer and ice cream combine to make something extraordinary. I think that holds true with these cupcakes as well.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe

Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe
  • 1 box Chocolate cake mix
  • 3 Large eggs
  • ¼ C Water
  • ½ C Milk
  • ½ C Vegetable oil
  • ½ C Sour cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp Root Beer Extract
Icing Ingredients:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined.
  3. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers. Fill each around ⅔ full.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cupcakes are done when a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan for 3-5 minutes. Then cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Icing:
  1. Chill a medium mixing bowl and mixer beaters.
    **No Mixer?**
  2. No problem! All you need is a chilled whisk and some elbow grease (aka muscles).
  3. Combine all icing ingredients. Mix until stiff peaks form.
  4. Spread or pipe onto your cupcakes. Top with a maraschino cherry if desired.

Root Beer Treats from Bloggers I love:

Chocolate Root Beer Float Milkshake from Crazy For Crust
Root Beer Float Smoothie via Peanut Butter and Peppers
Root Beer Float Cookie Cups via Life, Love, Sugar
Root Beer Float Fudge via Shugary Sweets
Root Beer Float Cookies via Chocolate, Chocolate, and More


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  1. Now I’m craving ice cream too 🙂

  2. OMG these look so delicious! I seriously want to try these cupcakes! I love anything with root beer!

  3. Krystil says:

    YUM!! I love Root Beer Floats! Will pin this so I can make some! Never heard of root beer extract. I’m assuming can be found with other extracts in the grocery store?

    • Hi Krystil (great spelling by the way!),
      Thank you! Yes it is near the vanilla/spices in my grocery store.

  4. what fun cupcakes!

  5. These look so delicious. I would never have thought a cupcake could contain sour cream though! (I have a lot to learn about baking!)

    • Thank you Carissa!

      Sour cream makes them super moist. If using it in baking weirds you out a full fat yogurt would work just as well! 🙂

  6. My son LOVES root beer floats, so I made these for the 4th of July. I was nervous, but they were a HUGE hit. I did have to double, and probably should have tripled the whipped cream icing amount, but it was wonderful. I have a feeling that I’ll be making LOTS of these.

  7. I am going to make these for my husbands birthday. He will love them!

  8. My kids would love this! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
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  9. When I was a teenager, anytime we went to the mall, we got a root beer float! I love the flavors in these!
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  10. I like the addition of sour cream for extra moisture and tang. And those cupcake papers are really cute.
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  11. These are so cute and actually remind me of the 50’s for some reason. Great imagery! Would go great for a prom themed like this! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!


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