Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Easy Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe

It’s been a busy year for us as far as celebrations and milestones go. My husband celebrated the big 4-0 in January, my little guy just got his First Communion and my step-son will be graduating high school next month. It seems like it has been one party after another and there are still a few events worth celebrating coming up this summer. And what’s a celebration without cupcakes? These Root Beer Float cupcakes will blow your guests minds at your next party!

Here’s What you Need:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 C all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t fine salt
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 C whole milk
1/2 Cup Mug Root Beer

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Directions for cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your cupcake pan with cupcake tins that you desire. Set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, set aside. Beat together butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs and beat well, scrap the bowl when nessesary. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, beat until combined. Add milk and the mug root beer and beat blended.

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3. Use a ice cream scooper or a big spoon and portion batter evenly into the cupcake tins.

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Bake in the oven for 18 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

When baked, set aside and let them cool while you prepare the icing.

Rootbeer butter cream frosting:

3 C confectioners’ sugar
1 C butter
1 T of Mug Root Beer
1 T whipping cream

Directions for Icing:

In a mixer, using the whisk attachment, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until blended and then increase speed to medium beat for 3 more minutes.

Add the root beer and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for a few more minutes. Add in more powder sugar if necessary.

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Garnish with Root Beer candy.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes Recipe


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  1. Michele

    I do love root beer floats and these cupcakes sound like I would like them as well! At the very least I will be making myself a root beer float in the very near future–I may attempt to make the cupcakes but I do not have an electric beater so I would be hand mixing. I do imagine the root beer gives the cupcakes a lighter, more airy consistency.

  2. tanjtrubiano

    WOW. I love desserts. Root beer float and cupcakes? Just delish! You got me hooked.

  3. Nicole Lutzy

    I agree! This would definitely satisfy my sweet tooth!

  4. Jennifer Williams

    These are going to be perfect for my oldest. He is also graduating in June, he loves root beer floats so yeah – time flies by too fast.

  5. Penny Struebig

    Yep — I pinned these the minute I started reading! They sound delicious and I know my family would love these.

  6. Michelle F.

    Those cupcakes look so good! I have to try this because i have never had a cupcake with soda in it. Yum!

  7. Alissa Apel

    My boys would love these. I think even Isaak would like them, and he doesn’t like frosting.

  8. meagan

    I totally agree. Usually I’m no a huge frosting fan, but I would totally give these a try!

  9. Jeannette

    Yum! These would be perfect for our summer cookouts! My guys love root beer floats and I’m sure they would love these cupcakes as well!

  10. Jen

    These look super yummy! I love that there’s root beer in both the cupcake and the frosting. My kids would love them.

  11. listen2mama

    Oh I love how these came out. We also have a ton of events coming up and I need some party food ideas, so I really like these!

  12. Alisha (@Coily_Locks)

    These look so good!!! My youngest daughter loves root beer so we’ll def have to try and make these this summer!

  13. Pam

    My son loves root beer and cream soda. He would flip if I made these.

  14. Donna L. Ward

    Wow – Robin – Congrats on your hubby’s 40th! And, all the other great celebrations! This looks yummy and beautiful, sounds fun and tasty – thx for the recipe!

  15. ARod

    sounds yummy I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try

  16. Rosey

    Seriously, yum!! This looks absolutely delicious to me, and I’d love to make these here for the kids!

  17. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    Such a cool concept and my husband’s fave flavor. His birthday is coming up….

  18. Alison

    These sound delicious! My husband and son are root beer float fanatics so I think this would go over quite well!

  19. Liz Mays

    Oh my word, you are killing me. What’s better than the taste of root beer? Root beer in a cupcake!

  20. Christy Maurer

    That looks so good! My son loves root beer, so I bet her would go nuts for this!

  21. Megan Elford

    I love root beer! These look amazing, I’ve never seen root beer cupcakes before. I’ll be saving this one for later!

  22. Avry

    I wish I could have carbonation! These look soo good! Love the taste of rootbeer

  23. kristimaloney

    My son’s love root beer. Ryan likes to bake cupcakes too. I will show him your recipe. These look delicious.

  24. lydiaf1963

    My son would love these. Looks like a great opportunity to work on my mad cake decorating skillz, too!

  25. Heather

    Cupcakes and root beer floats are like my favorite things ever! Combining them sounds so delicious!

  26. John Lopez

    I’ve never tried this, looks tasty, I want to taste it yummy! Thank you for sharing.

  27. Angelic Sinova

    Those Root Beer Float Cupcakes looks super yummy! I’m not a huge root beer float (or root beer in general) fan but I LOVE cupcakes so I’d definitely give this a try <3

  28. YellowTennessee

    These look yummy. I love root beer and bet these would be great for a summer treat.

  29. Erica Brooks

    They do look festive. I bet they taste yummy too. My son would love these cupcakes.

  30. Nicole Lutzy

    This looks amazing! Yum, I so need to make this, I love rootbeer!

  31. Jenn @TheRebelChick

    Whoa! I love root beer floats – it’s one of the few sodas that I drink often. Combine that with a cupcake and I’m doubly excited!!

  32. Jennifer H

    Sign me up! I want to eat that! Hubby loooves floats too.

  33. Britney Thompson Mills

    These sound so good! I need to make these like right now!

  34. Allison

    So yum! I was afraid to click and scroll down looking at the photos because I knew it would make me crave them! What a fun summer treat!

  35. Jeanine

    Get way out of here! This sounds AMAZING. Root beer floats remind me of my grandpa. He used to make them for me all the time. These sounds amazing and look amazing too. YUM Will have to try these!

  36. Amanda

    This sounds like the perfect dessert for my hubby. He loves anything with root beer, even those gross hard old lady candies.

  37. Virginia Higgins

    I’d have never thought to make root beer float cupcakes. I’m thinking about it now, though! Yum!

  38. SexyMoxieMama

    Oh wow! Now these sound like a great treat for any celebration. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

    These cupcakes sound delicious! I love that you used Kroger milk. That is the only milk we buy; it tastes the best!

  40. Travis

    These look pretty darn tasty! Using Mug root beer is an inspired choice. It is my favorite variety of root beer so I may be biased.

  41. Take Two Tapas

    What a great recipe! This takes me back to when my mom would take me to A&W and get floats! I am sad that I don’t like near one anymore but I can relive the memories with the recipe!

  42. thelesleyshow

    Those look like some fancy cupcakes. I want to make me some root beer cupcakes right now.

  43. Amy Kelsch

    It’s been years since I have had a root beer float- so many fun memories of having them with my family at the drive-in. This cupcake would be a lot of fun to make and serve at a family event! Thanks!

  44. guiltyorguiltfree

    These look delicious. I love how simple they are to make too. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  45. @SensiblySara

    I’ve made rootbeer cupcakes before, but they weren’t nearly this easy. And they didn’t look nearly this good, either! I guess I’ll be trying again!

  46. Crystal

    Rootbeer is one of my favorite flavors. I would absolutely love these.

  47. crystal

    Those flavors just scream summer. These would be great at a barbecue.

  48. [email protected]

    OMG. I don’t think my husband would be able to stop at one. He would devour them.

  49. Debra

    These sound amazing! I want to try them!

  50. Aisha Kristine Chong

    OMG who doesn’t love root beers – I have to try this one. Looks super yumm!

  51. Myrabev

    Never had root beer float cupcakes before but count me in please as I so need some. In our family its been one celebration after other so far. Going to hen do this weekend and wedding weekend after

  52. Jenna Wood

    I wish you had a click to print link,t he other half would love these. I use Google Sites to generate a link people can click on to directly print a printer friendly version of recipes (chat me up if you want help.) Regardless, these sound divine, I simply must make them for my league!

  53. Rebecca Swenor

    Okay have to admit you had me at Root Beer. It is my favorite drink, candy, etc. I will for sure be making these this summer. Thanks for sharing. They sounds and look amazing.

  54. Simple Mama (@simplemama2013)

    I love root beer so I know I would love these! They look so yummy!

  55. XmasDolly

    I have to try this one out for the hubby. He loves rootbeer floats and probably the grandkids too. Sounds yummy.

  56. Joanne T Ferguson

    How cute and delicious do these cupcakes look! I love root beer and have so many fun childhood memories of enjoying it in summer!

  57. Elizabeth O.

    It looks delicious and too pretty to eat. I’d like to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  58. anallievent

    I have always loved cupcakes because it’s all mine and I don’t have to share. Your root beer float cupcakes look delicious and you did a great job piping that frosting! A foodie notices details. Beautiful cupcakes!

  59. Saidah

    These look so yummy!! I’ve never used soda in my cupcakes but apparently it works.

  60. Nicole Lutzy

    What a great recipe! I love root beer, I must make this for my family I sure they would not last!

  61. mommye

    Yum, what a great flavor for cupcakes. I bet my daughter would LOVE these as she is a big root beer fan!

  62. Liz Mays

    Everyone loves that root beer flavor. These look so good!

  63. Franc Ramon

    The root beer would really give this one a really unique taste. It looks delicious too.

  64. AJ @ Roaming Family

    These sound really good! Root Beer is my husband’s favorite so I think he’s love these.

  65. Erica (@Erica's Recipes)

    Root beer cupcakes! Holy cow that sounds so good! Haven’t seen that before – very clever!

  66. aprildecheine

    Oh wow, that looks so good! I love Root Beer, my husband would love this float.

  67. April G

    Interestingly enough, I don’t even know if anyone likes root beer in the house. I’m not a fan, but I’ll have to find out if my husband is.

  68. Jennifer

    That looks fantastic! I love root beer floats, and I love cupcakes. Winner, winner!

  69. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    One of my favorite drinks in a cupcake! Holy cow! I can’t wait to try.

  70. Melissa Pezza

    I’ve never thought of this variation of a cupcake before. They look and sound delicious.

  71. Megan @mnmspecial

    I don’t think you can ever go wrong with rootbeer floats. These look delicious and easy.

  72. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Those look wonderful. I’ve never heard of a root beer flavored cupcake before. It sounds yummy.

  73. Letty (@BellaVidaLetty)

    I haven’t had a root beer float since I was a kid. This brings back such nice memories of visiting my grandparents house.

  74. Wendy

    My mother loves Root Beer! I’ll have to make these for her birthday. She will love getting a new sweet treat.

  75. Bri

    This looks so delicious. I will definitely have to give this cupcake recipe a try.

  76. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I htink I may need to make these for Memorial Day!!

  77. Debra Fazio-Rutt

    Those look so yummy. A root beer float reminds me of being a kid. You did a great job decorating, my frosting would never turn out that neat or smooth!

  78. Kisa Johnson

    I’ve never tried any sort of cake made with soda, but I know lots of people have. I’ll have to ask my kids if this sounds good, and if so I will give it a shot! I’m kind of shy about the idea, but if they like the idea. Why not?

  79. Danielle

    I’m not a fan of root beer but these cupcakes look pretty intriguing.

  80. becca112971

    Totally off topic but I am loving your canister set. where did you get it?

  81. DogVills (@DogVills)

    This looks amazing. I can’t wait to make them with my daughter this weekend

  82. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Root beer floats were my favorite thing as a kid. These sounds delicious.

  83. Lisa @bitesforbabies

    What an interesting combination of flavours! These look amazing!

  84. martinkadelux

    This is the perfect summer treat! I cannot wait to try these at our next cookout!

  85. rane25

    Great Recipe and great choice for a drink. Think I’ve seen something like this is cupcake wars

  86. Shell Things (@shellthings)

    Those turned out so cute! I bet they are delicious!

  87. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    These look delicious, we love making them too.

  88. celebbabylaundry

    I have never heard of a root bear cupcake before! This is something I’d really like to try out, it sounds weird, but I bet it will be so good!

  89. meagan

    Man, I love root beer and cupcakes…this sounds like the perfect combo! Love the cute straws too!

  90. Pam

    This is the perfect combo! Who doesn’t love root beer and cupcakes?

  91. tamaralikecamera

    I saw this circulating yesterday and I was drooling for it. So interesting! I used to love root beer – to this day it’s probably the only soft drink I’ll touch. And cupcakes? Yes.

  92. Our Family World

    They look fanastic. my daught loves root beer. I knnow she would love these

  93. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    That cupcake looks delicious. I’ll take 5, please!

  94. Maria @ closetohome

    I made some of these a few years ago for my husband’s birthday party. It was a big hit.

  95. Marcie W.

    I love love LOVE root beer floats and consider them a staple for a few annual events in our family. These cupcakes look like a delicious must try!

  96. shaunatorres

    Now this sounds heavenly. I love cupcakes and love root beer floats, so why not, LOL… FUN!

  97. Amy Desrosiers

    Root beer float cupcake sound really delish! I want to try making them for my kiddos too!

  98. Onica (MommyFactor)

    The taste of root beer float would makw a great cupcake. Theae look simple and straight forward to make for a nice treat.

  99. Ora Lee Gurr

    This sounds great. Root beer cupcake and frosting will definitely score some points!

  100. rochkirstin

    I guess this will really blow my mind. It’s the first time for me to hear root bear float cupcakes. I would love to try it!

  101. Elizabeth @ Being MVP

    Oh these look so cute! I want to make them for the next party.

  102. Maureen

    Mmm, these sound so good! I love having a mixture in a cupcake like this.

  103. Sarah Marturano

    These look amazing! I am a sucker for root beer floats.

  104. Tiffany ~ Travel Blogger

    I think I might be the only one who does NOT like root beer or root beer floats! I just cannot stand the taste of root beer! My husband, on the other hand, LOVES root beer! I might make these on Father’s Day!

  105. NPC

    OMG, this is beyond genius. My Hubs would go gaga for this.

  106. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog)

    OMG! Root beer floats were a favorite treat for me when I was growing up so this sounds amazing! I would love to have some of these! They sound spectacular!

  107. Nina Say

    I think these need to be made every year on my birthday for the rest of my life. There is something so awesome about root beer floats.

  108. courtneylynne

    Omg! These cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I would of never thought of a cupcake being root beer flavored. Sounds way too yummy

  109. Amber NElson

    Now this would be amazing! It sounds so delicious! Love cupcakes!

  110. Stacey- Travel Blogger

    These look super tasty! I would have never of thought of this, how unique!

  111. Allie D.

    Love root beer! I will need to try out this recipe for my husband’s birthday. He is a huge root beer fan!

  112. Mhie Lee

    I never try root beer on any cupcakes yet. Thanks for sharing,I definitely try one of these days.

  113. mburbage

    Yum! Those look so good! I would love to make these and have a few.

  114. Ann Bacciaglia

    I love to make cupcakes every weekend. I will have not tried root beer float cupcakes before. They look delicious.

  115. Lisa Bristol

    These root beer float cupcakes look so delicious. I will have to try making them for desert tomorrow. I am sure they will be a hit.

  116. toxict15

    My kids would love love love these! How awesome.

  117. Aimee

    Root beer floats are my favorite treat! I would love these I bet!

  118. Laura O'Neill (@LauraOinAK)

    I would have never thought about root beer flavor in a cupcake form. I bet they are super tasty (and go well with a cold root beer.)

  119. Carol Bryant

    Holy schmokes these look sinfully amazing – must save this recipe for holiday time – ty

  120. Katherine

    I have a friend who would flip for these. He loves root beer

  121. Steph

    Now this in an interesting combination! I definitely need to try these and report back!

  122. Tami @ ThisMomsDelight

    I love root beer floats! Do you think I can talk someone into making these cupcakes for me?

  123. Tonya Blackstone-Coleman

    I never would have thought to use root beer in cupcakes. What a great idea.

  124. nepamomdotcom

    YUM! These look so great and I bet they taste great too!

  125. Shanéy Vijendranath

    Wow, I didn’t even know this existed! Very interesting combo. Not sure if I would enjoy it though.

  126. Debbie Denny

    What a great idea. We have birthdays coming up and this will be perfect.

  127. Emerald

    This looks amazing! I love cupcakes and I’ve grown to like root beer as I’ve gotten older! Thanks for the recipe!

  128. My Journey With Candida

    Rootbeer floats used to be one of my very favorite treats. Those cupcakes sound wonderfu.

  129. Swa-Rai (@swaraiblog)

    Now that sounds like a cupcake I can get behind. I have to try this at home.

  130. Bonnie @ wemake7

    I really really want one of those! Sounds so good. I’m a sucker for sweet treats.

  131. Christina

    I have never even thought of having a rootbeer cupcake but I think that is going to have to change. I love rootbeer floats, so I bet this would be amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  132. Christie

    My husband would love these. He’s a root beer fan

  133. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld)

    Those sound amazing. My kids would be thrilled to try them

  134. alexisakamom0616

    LOVE them!! You know how much I love a theme! I so want to do a kid party movie and these cupcakes!

  135. Chubskulit Rose

    Why can’t I be good in baking like you guys do? Lol, that’s my downfall in the kitchen, I don’t like baking.

  136. camesha

    Now that’s a new one. Totally unexpected. I bet they are yummy. I grew up loving the floats. I’d love to try it in cupcake form.

  137. Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    Oh that sounds so delicious!! Love it! I love all cupcakes!

  138. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}

    Those look so good. I could just eat that batter!! My mother in law is addicted to root beer floats, I bet she’d devour these!

  139. Krystal

    These are such a decadent treat! I would love to recreate them. They looks so sweet!

  140. yumeating

    These looks super duper yummy. Tell your hubby I am joining the 40 club in July! I was starting to feel alone for a while. lol

  141. Ricci

    These look delicious!! I love root beer floats and these cupcakes just look divine!!

  142. Paula Schuck

    I love root beer floats and these look like they would be amazing. I never thought to recreate my favorite float into a cupcake!

  143. Rachel Ferrucci

    I love rot beer floats and need to try these!!! They look amazing and you made it look so easy.

  144. Shell Feis

    I NEED to try these! Root beer floats are one of my favorite things in the world!

  145. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    MMMMM, I love root beer, these cupcakes sound amazing!

  146. roadrunnerfloristbasketexpress

    Brings back childhood memories. I can hardly wait to try this one!

  147. Amanda Love

    I love root bear but have never thought of making cupcakes with it. Great idea!

  148. Alice

    Root beer is the only soda flavor that I really crave. I know I would love these!

  149. way2goodlife

    This looks super delicious. Great one to have in the lazy afternoon

  150. savingcmncents

    My girls love cupcakes! We make them a lot for all sorts of different occasions like end of school, a test well done, or even after a successful concert. I love these! They are something totally different (I’ve never seen rootbeer cupcakes) and would definitely be fast favorites!

  151. Gabriel Bregg

    We do a ton of cupcakes for our baking business and this looks like nice twist to offer up to people now that it’s summer. I’m a big fan on root beer, so I know I’ll love it.

  152. mumwrites (@vixquips)

    this looks delicious + i thought root beer is such an interesting cupcake flavor. can i have a bit? ^_^

  153. Alison

    Oh man my husband would loooove these! So going to have to make these for him soon. Off to pin so I don’t forget!

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