Did you know that October is National Dessert Month???!!! I'm thinking we need to celebrate!
There are two ways you can celebrate National Dessert Month: The first is come in to our store and get some amazing cookies!
The second is to stay right here on our blog. Every week on Wednesday, I will be posting a new dessert recipe that I've tried so you don't have to, I'm nice like that!
This weeks recipe is Root Beer Float Cupcakes. Our daughter had a birthday last week and she requested a Root Beer Cake, but I had no trouble getting her to change her mind and have these instead! I really loved how simple this recipe was. Only two ingredients for the cake part! I was kind of nervous that they wouldn't work, we tend to have problems with our oven getting cakes and things to rise, but they turned out great, and so yummy! I loved this recipe, next I want to try using orange soda and a butter cream frosting to get kind of a Dreamsicle effect.
Root Beer Float Cupcakes
101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes by Wendy Paul pg 101
1 white cake mix
1 cup root beer
Mix these two items together. Put batter in cupcake liners, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, when done, cake should spring back when lightly touched. Allow to cool in pan for about 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost.
Root Beer Butter Cream Frosting
101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes by Wendy Paul pg 154
1 stick of butter, room temperature
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk, depends on how thick you want it
1 tsp root beer flavoring
Place butter in a large mixing bowl, beat for about 30 seconds, or until the butter is light and fluffy. Add your sugar (you should add with the mixer stopped for a smaller mess!), milk and root beer flavoring. Mix the frosting, you want to start out with a slower speed and increase the speed as the frosting gets creamy. I add the milk really slowly, I start with just a splash, then add more as needed to make the frosting the consistency that I want.
The recipe says that you should get 18-20 cupcakes out of one cake mix, I only got 12, so I grabbed another cake mix that I had, which happened to be French Vanilla flavored and used it also, it worked just as well as the white and I had the 2 dozen cupcakes that I wanted. I also ended up needing triple the frosting to frost them the way I did. Worked out great. Then I took some bendy straws, cut off the top third and poked them into the cupcakes. So cute and simple!