Root Beer Cupcakes With Cream Soda Frosting

Sharing another recipe that will make dads happy this Father’s Day! Root Beer Cupcakes with Cream Soda Frosting! (Yes, you heard that right!)

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If you are following me on Facebook, you will remember our discussion about these cupcakes. Last week, I asked my husband what are some dishes that men would like to have on Father’s Day. Once we got passed all the bacon, we talked about dessert ideas. He is not a huge fan of bacon in desserts, I am a little scared of those too, so we went another way.

Since he loves root beer and cream soda, he proposed this cupcake idea. At first, I was a little unsure about the combination of flavors. So I took it to Facebook to see what my fans thought. The response was amazing, most of the readers loved the idea!

Soooo, by popular demand, here are the Root Beer Cupcakes with Cream Soda Frosting!

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After checking three stores, I didn’t find root beer extract. Although, I can’t say I was too upset because I don’t bake much with it and it would be a waste. I decided to go another way. Something I learned a while ago, making my Cherry Cake Roll, is to use reduced soda syrup and enhance to flavor with some almond extract. I didn’t know if it will come out good but it totally worked!
I also made whipped cream frosting because it’s light and doesn’t require much sugar. Also, it would not take away from the cream soda flavor.

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Root Beer Cupcakes With Cream Soda Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1/2 cup root beer syrup (2 cups of root beer simmered down to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Whipped Cream Cream Soda Frosting:
  • 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs cream soda syrup (2 cups of cream soda simmered down to 1/2 cup)
  • +more cream soda syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Simmer 2 cups of root beer soda until it reduces to 1/2 cup. Also, simmer 2 cups of cream soda until it reduces to 1/2 cup. Set aside the syrups (refrigerate cream soda syrup).
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 and line the 12-cup muffin baking pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs oil and sugar until well combined.
  4. Add the syrup, almond extract and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  5. Sift in the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Mix, on low, until just incorporated.
  6. Add the root beer and mix until all incorporated.
  7. Separate the mixture between the 12 cups, filing them 3/4 of the way.
  8. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely before frosting!
  10. Frosting:
  11. Cool the metal bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for a few minutes.
  12. Make sure the heavy cream and cream soda syrup is cold as well.
  13. In a bowl on an electric mixer, combine heavy cream, cream soda syrup and vanilla extract. Start beating on low gradually increasing the speed to high every couple of seconds. Slowly add the sugar while the cream is whipping.
  14. Beat until stiff peaks appear.
  15. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to frost the cupcakes.
  16. Frost the cupcakes and drizzle some cream soda syrup on top.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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Comments

  1. Yum…they look delicious!!!

  2. my on is going to flip for these

  3. My son’s birthday is coming up and he loves root beer! Making these for sure – thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Everyone in my family loves root beer. I can’t wait to make these for them!
    I also wanted to let you know that this recipe has been Pinned and featured on Krafty Cards etc. Recipe Round Up #2. You can view the post and other great recipes here: http://kraftycardsetc.blogspot.com/2013/06/recipe-round-up-2.html

    Have a great day!
    Maria

  5. These sound YUMMY! Cant wait to try them!

  6. Those look great! Years ago I found a root beer cupcake recipe and made it, but it just didn’t taste right. I pinning this one, so I can try it soon.

  7. Wow, this sounds like such a fun combo and my fiance would flip for these! Can’t wait to try these out.

  8. This sounds and looks delicious!!! Please come share it at Two Girls and a Party linky party!!http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-linky-party-20/

  9. Yummy! I recently made some root beer cupcakes that were delicious… I gotta make them again with this cream soda frosting! Great idea for a flavor combo!

  10. Wow! These look and sound amazing!

  11. Just popped over from The Shabby Creek Cottage! What an awesome combination. Will pin this recipe and give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi, I’m going to make these for my husband’s birthday. Do you think I can do the cupcakes tonight and the frosting tomorrow? I have never reduced anything, is it easy to mess up? And finally, do you think I can leave out the almond extract? Is it essential? Neither one of us really likes that flavor.

    Thanks so much, and your photos are gorgeous. My husband was very excited when I showed him this recipe.

    • I’m so sorry to reply so late. You can make the syrups ahead of time. It’s really not hard, just simmer on medium heat and it will take up to 30 minutes.
      Almond extract is pretty essential for he strength of flavor. If you don’t like almond, you can try to find a root beer extract. If you don’t want to use any extracts, the flavor of root beer won’t be very strong but it will still be good.

  13. This is the conversation that just occurred in my living room after I opened this post:
    Me: “Honey. Six words. Root beer cupcakes. Cream Soda Frosting.”
    Husband: “NO way!!!!!!!!!!”
    He then comes around the sofa to have a peek at my computer screen and says: “Happy Father’s Day to me!” lol. Thanks for sorting out what I’m getting him for Father’s Day for me! :D Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/tasty-tuesdays-14-plus-16-dad-approved-fathers-day-recipes.html

  14. Great idea! Thank you for sharing it. (I saw it on the Shabby Creek Cottage linky party)

  15. Pinning this recipe. They sound amazing!

  16. These. Look. Amazing. I am pinning! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for linking up to Monday Funday! xoxo Cheryl

  17. Wow, I have never heard of these before! Very original, I will have to try them!

  18. So yummy! Stopping by from WHAT’S COOKIN’ WEDNESDAY?

  19. I was so excited at the prospect of these but they didn’t really come through as I dreamed they would. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and used A&W root beer to reduce. They were tasty cupcakes but they didn’t taste like root beer at all. If you’re going to make this, I’d suggest finding some root beer extract (which I couldn’t find) to make it taste more like you expect it to. Nice idea but it was a miss.

    • So weird. I got the root beer flavor loud and clear without using extract!

    • I’m sorry it didn’t come out, Laurie! I also got the root beer flavor pretty strong. I tasted cream soda frosting much stronger but it was clearly root beer cupcake flavor. Keep trying on the extract, may be try WalMart or baking store.

  20. Looks amazing!

    Do you think the recipe will double okay?

  21. Can I use white or yellow cake mix? I have boxes if the stuff and wan to use them for my kids birthday party on Saturday.

  22. My son now wants this as a cake for his birthday. Do you think it could be done as a layer cake? We all loved the cupcakes.

    • That’s great!
      I’m sure it could, Laurie. Just decide how big you want the cake and you may have to double the recipe.

      • Thanks so much. Now to throw a wrench in the works he wants to reverse the flavors, so it’s a cream soda cake with root beer frosting! Would love your opinion, do you think that would taste good? His birthday is next week, the crazy kid.

        • I’m sure it would be just fine, Laurie! Cream soda is a little more mild than rootbeer, so you would taste root beer a bit stronger since it will be dripped in syrup. If he loves root beer, he might like it much better tho! :) Let me know how it works out!

          • I will send you a link when I finally get a chance to blog it, but I made the layer cake yesterday! We stuck to root beer for the cake and cream soda for the frosting. It was a huge hit! I had to double the recipe and it took forever to make (because of the reductions) but everyone devoured it including the waiter at the restaurant where we had my son’s birthday. Thank you! The layer cake was a little heavy but nobody seemed to mind and the flavors came through beautifully.

        • That’s awesome, Laurie! I’m so glad it all tasted great :)

  23. What brand of root beer and soda did you use? Are there certain ones that work better?

    • Trista, I believe that I used A&W, it’s a pretty popular brand and my husband’s favorite. He liked Root Beer more that I do and he likes that brand. I don’t think that a brand would make too much of a difference though.

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