If you like root beer floats, you'll love these root beer float cupcakes. I find heavy-duty glass mugs for $1 or less at my local thrift shop and keep them in the cupboard just for this purpose. The generously portioned cupcakes are baked right in the mugs, making assembly incredibly simple.
You have a couple of options for cake flavors with these cupcakes. The first is to use a chocolate cake mix, which will give you a nice dark color for the "root beer" cupcake. While I find that I like the convenience of the color, the flavor of the chocolate can overpower the flavor of the root beer.
If you really want your root beer float cupcakes to taste like root beer, I suggest using a plain white cake mix and adding brown icing color.
To make the cupcakes, start by measuring out 1-1/2 cups of root beer.
Stir the root beer into your cake mix, and add brown food coloring if you'd like. You also have the option of adding a teaspoon of root beer extract, which will really boost the flavor of your cupcakes.
Scoop the batter into your mugs. I prefer filling them to just under half full.
Carefully place your mugs on the bottom rack of your oven, and bake them for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
When your cupcakes are done, let them cool before frosting them. Once they're cool, use a paper towel to wipe off any cake residue on the inside glass above the cupcake.
To frost, simply snip off the corner tip of plastic baggie filled with vanilla frosting. Spiral the frosting on top of your cupcake, just like a lovely drizzling of vanilla soft serve.
Insert a straw, and you've got some adorable baked root beer floats to fool your kids with.
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