These cupcakes capture all the summer flavors of a root beer float~ all you need is a frosty mug!
People ask me a lot about if I would ever open a bakery, and I always say no. I can’t imagine making hundreds of the same thing every day. My favorite part of baking is the process of creating something new.
I thought about this recipe for a long time. I wanted root beer in the cupcake and root beer in the frosting, but how to create that “scoop of ice cream” flavor without actually using ice cream? I sometimes cheat in my photos by using scoops of frozen cool whip instead of ice cream. It melts slower and keeps a scoop shape longer under the heat of my photography lights. I decided to try Cool Whip as my scoop of ice cream for these cupcakes.
Oh my. If I could jump up and down and point giant neon arrows toward this cupcake recipe I would. These are so, sooooooooooo good. You need to make these!!! They even use a cake mix, so they aren’t horribly complicated. That Cool Whip…with the root beer buttercream…. perfect.
Here’s the recipe: (printable version)
INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-26 cupcakes)
- One boxed white cake mix, plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package.
- 1 cup of root beer
- 5 teaspoons of root beer concentrate (divided)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of salted butter (softened)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 tubs of Cool Whip (frozen)
- Sprinkles and straws (optional)
- Make white cake mix as directed on box.
- After beating cake, add root beer and 3 teaspoons of root beer concentrate. Mix well until combined.
- Place cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill each one only about 1/2 full (these cupcakes rise a bit higher than just a plain mix)
- Bake according to package directions, remove from oven and cool completely.
- Make buttercream by adding both butters, powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of root beer concentrate to a mixing bowl and beating on high for 4-5 minutes until very light and fluffy.
- Place frosting into a sturdy zip-top bag that has been fitted with a large round decorating tip in one corner.
- Assemble cupcakes one at a time.
- Use a medium cookie scoop and place a ball of frozen Cool Whip in the center of a cupcake.
- Pipe round “bubbles” around it immediately, by squeezing the frosting out into a circle and then pulling straight out.
- Only have one container of Cool Whip out at a time, and if it starts to get soft, switch it back into the freezer to harden up.
- Keep these chilled until you serve them.
- Just before serving, add some sprinkles and a straw for a root beer float feel!
My thoughts: Such a fun summer dessert. It is actually very light and not too sweet because a lot of the topping is just Cool Whip. I was really happy with how this experiment came out and I can’t wait to make them again! Enjoy!!!!!
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