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Root Beer Float Cake

by Laura

This Root Beer Float Cake recipe today is another one I found in an old Southern Living Magazine. It’s another cake recipe, but not a cupcake. Just a regular 9 x 13 cake. I was interested in it because it uses root beer in both the cake and the frosting. Now my family’s choice of root beer happens to be Mug Root beer, so that is what I used. You can’t really taste the root beer in the cake, it just adds to the flavor.

I would think the root beer you use may also change the flavor of the cake. If you used Barq’s root beer, I think it would change the flavor slightly. This basically just tastes like a good chocolate cake. I liked the fact that it was a way to doctor up a boxed cake mix. I have made other cakes before that call for some type of carbonated beverage before and they turn out great. My all time favorite one in the Mountain Dew Cake. There is one thing I would do differently the next time I make this.

The recipe says to let the cake cool for 10 minutes and then pour the frosting over it.

Next time, I will let the cake cool completely before I put the frosting on. The frosting is runny to begin with and when you put it on the warm cake the frosting became even more runny. It ran completely down the side and even got under the cake. I think the frosting would better coat the cake if it had cooled completely. The flavor of this cake is very similar to a Texas sheet cake. So you could probably even bake it in a jelly roll pan. I provided the links to the recipes below which are found on MyRecipes.com.

Here is what you need to make the

Root Beer Float Cake

  • GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX
  • ROOT BEER (NOT DIET, WE PREFER MUG)
  • VEGETABLE OIL
  • EGGS
  • BUTTER OR MARGARINE
  • UNSWEETENED COCOA
  • POWDERED SUGAR
  • VANILLA EXTRACT
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Root Beer Float Cake


  • Author: Laura

Ingredients

Root Beer Frosting


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat mixture at low speed with an electric mixer until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into the prepared 9 x 13 pan pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake 10 minutes. Spread Root Beer Frosting evenly over warm cake (would pour it over a cooled cake).
  4. For the frosting, bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Serves 15.
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16 comments

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Root Beer Cookies | Real Mom Kitchen August 12, 2010 - 6:16 am

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Claudine March 23, 2009 - 3:41 pm

Sound intriguing! And since we are all root beer fans around here, I’ll be trying this out, probably this weekend!

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Claudine March 23, 2009 - 3:41 pm

Sound intriguing! And since we are all root beer fans around here, I’ll be trying this out, probably this weekend!

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Ingrid March 23, 2009 - 8:29 am

A few weeks ago I made a coca-cola cake which I really liked and I’m not a coke drinker or a chocolate cake eater. Like you I’ve tried other “carbonated” cakes and find that they come out moist, fluffy, and tender. I’m going to hop over to your mountain dew one and give it a try. Thanks for the link!
~ingrid

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Ingrid March 23, 2009 - 8:29 am

A few weeks ago I made a coca-cola cake which I really liked and I’m not a coke drinker or a chocolate cake eater. Like you I’ve tried other “carbonated” cakes and find that they come out moist, fluffy, and tender. I’m going to hop over to your mountain dew one and give it a try. Thanks for the link!
~ingrid

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Donna-FFW March 22, 2009 - 5:06 am

HM, my kids would love this based on the title alone. It looks fabulous!!

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Donna-FFW March 22, 2009 - 5:06 am

HM, my kids would love this based on the title alone. It looks fabulous!!

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Penny March 21, 2009 - 8:14 pm

Can you taste the root beer in it??

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Penny March 21, 2009 - 8:14 pm

Can you taste the root beer in it??

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Tiffany March 21, 2009 - 5:11 pm

That looks really good. I wonder what it is about carbonated drinks that make cakes so good?

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Tiffany March 21, 2009 - 5:11 pm

That looks really good. I wonder what it is about carbonated drinks that make cakes so good?

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Lynda March 21, 2009 - 3:08 pm

This cake looks so moist and good!

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Lynda March 21, 2009 - 3:08 pm

This cake looks so moist and good!

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Crystal March 21, 2009 - 11:58 am

Oh yum, I could never diet reading your recipes lol. I have everything need (even the german choc cake mix) except for rootbeer… but I will be getting some to try this soon :-P.

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Crystal March 21, 2009 - 11:58 am

Oh yum, I could never diet reading your recipes lol. I have everything need (even the german choc cake mix) except for rootbeer… but I will be getting some to try this soon :-P.

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