Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

I made these for my nephews birthday.  They are yummy and they kind of taste just like a Root Beer Float!  The kids loved them and they are something totally different.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes with Fluffy Root Beer Cream Frosting

23 flat bottom ice cream cones
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine ~ softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup root beer ~ brand of choice (measure liquid only - not foam)

Fluffy Root Beer Cream Frosting
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup cold root beer
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
dash of salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla

In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium for 30 seconds.  Gradually add 1 1/4 cups sugar.  When well mixed, add in eggs, one at a time.  Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.  On low speed, alternate adding flour mixture and 2/3 cups root beer.  beat until blended. 

Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners.  Fill each with a scant 1/4 cup batter. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center come out clean.  Cool completely. 

In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, mix all frosting ingredients EXCEPT vanilla.  Beat with mixer on high for 1 minute, scraping constantly.  Place over low heat.  Beat on high speed for about 10 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.  Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Beat on high for 2 minutes or until fluffy. 

Frost cupcakes and decorate to desire. 

Decorating ideas:
Crush up root beer candies and sprinkle over top
Cut straws and poke into cupcake to make it look like a drink

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