Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Root Beer Float Cupcake

Hi there all! How is everyone doing? Well, if anyone have noticed, I've gone missing for 2 weeks and now I am finally back! I was far and away on a fun holiday with my little family. We went on a self-drive trip in lovely Melbourne and I have so many photos that I want to share with everyone! But that will probably be in my next post since there are much sorting and editing with those photos. :) In the meantime, I have this "unusual" yet delicious cupcake recipe to share with you all, Root Bear Float Cupcake. (^_^)
If you don't already know, I love root beer! It's probably the only soft drink that I consume. :) Last year I did a Root Beer Chocolate Chunks Chocolate Cake and it was really good too. However I find that this cupcake has a much intense root beer taste to it!
This recipe was inspired by Deb from Smitten Kitchen. When I saw it, I knew I had to give it a try. ;) I did several changes to it to match the amount of root beer in a standard can size for easier baking.

Ingredients for Root Beer Float Cupcakes (makes about 6 X 4oz cupcakes)
1 can or 330ml root beer (I used A&W brand, but any brand should do fine)
85g unsweetened cocoa powder
85g unsalted butter
180g Caster sugar
60g light brown sugar
170g cake flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream (recipe follows)
Some maraschino cherry (cocktail) or fresh cherries

  • Preheat oven to 175°C. In a small saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until just beaten then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined.
  • Fold the liquid and flour mixtures together in the large bowl. The batter will be slightly lumpy; this is okay. If you overbeat it, it will get tough.
  • Fill cupcake liners about 80% full and bake for about 17 to 20 minutes or till the tester comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Topping is Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream (makes ~4 to 5 cups)
5 oz egg whites (~140g)
5 oz caster sugar
1/4 tsp salt
bean scrapings from 1/2 of a vanilla bean
1 tsp quality vanilla extract
500g unsalted butter, cut into 2” chunks, room temperature

  • Prepare a double boiler with a gentle simmer. In a heat proof bowl, combine egg whites, sugar and salt into it. Mix well but no beating is required. Place the bowl over the double boiler and placing a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  • Stir once in awhile to prevent the egg white from curdling at sides. Aim to to have the temperature reached at least 146F / 63C for food safety reasons.
  • Once the temperature is reached, remove from heat and beat it till it is silky white. Add vanilla extract and mix well. If the mixture is still hot, place it over a bath of ice water to cool it down.
  • Add the butter chunks one piece at a time and continue to beat while doing so. Continue to beat till all the butter has been added and the buttercream is smooth and silken.
  • Use about 1 cup for the cupcake while you can chill the rest in the fridge for use in future.
I'm pretty sure many of you have had a root beer float before? In order to create that root beer float effect, that vanilla buttercream on top is supposingly the vanilla ice cream scoop. The cherry? Well, it does give it a more sundae look, don't you think? Although using a Maraschino cherry would be more "appropriate" but personally, I much prefer to fresh version. :))
Since I did reduce the sugar level quite a bit, so with the vanilla SMB, the sweetness is just right. And you know, after chilling it, every bite does gives you that root beer float taste! How cool, a favorite beverage recreated into cupcake form, lol! If you like root beer like me, this will knock your socks off!

I will be submitting this fun cupcake to this month's Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011) hosted by Min of Min's Blog. Thanks Sze Min!

Alrighty everyone! Hope you all have a good day now, cheers!


ann low said...

BeeBee, I would love to try this cupcake with root beer too. Sounds so yummy, thanks for sharing :)

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

我喜欢ROOT BEER,小时候很喜欢喝:)

WendyinKK said...

Wow, really does look super moist!
If only those cupcake liners comes with handles....

Zoe said...

I used to love eating Root Beer Float at A&W when I was a child...

Your little RBF cakes does resemble the miniature version of the RBF! Love your idea of adding Root Beer in these cupcakes.

Yummy Bakes said...

Two weeks holiday gone in a blink. Nice to have met you at the bloggers' meet. These cupcakes look moist and good.

DG said...

I love the root beer too, your cupcakes looks adorable delish!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Look very moist and good! quickly share your MEL photos, as I might visit next year..

Anonymous said...

Root beer cupcake with vanilla frosting - just like my favorite root beer float.... yum yum

Edith said...

OMG! I just adore how these looks.

lena said...

this is cool and it's nice that you can get the taste of rootbeer in the cupcakes. The last time i did a coca cola cake , the taste was not intense. I shall cross over to look at the cupcakes round up , must be awesome. Am excited to see your trip photos!

Angie's Recipes said...

The cupcake looks really moist!

Quay Po Cooks said...

BeeBee, this is so special, I want to try this for sure. "Lau How Sui lor" hehe

ReeseKitchen said...

By the look of the cupcakes, I know they taste super good!! Another one to add into my to-do-list!!
I never try to bake with any soft drinks before, so this is a must-try-recipe for me!!