Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

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1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
1 1/4 cups root beer
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
24 root beer barrel candies
8 straws, cut in thirds

4 packets (1.3 ounces each) Dream Whip whipped topping
2 cups chilled root beer

In a mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Fill cups about two-thirds of the way full. Bake cupcakes in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely. Use a piping bag to frost cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a straw and a piece of candy. Makes 24 cupcakes. You can make up to 24 hours ahead. Keep frosted cupcakes in the fridge until ready to serve. Don’t add candy and straws until right before serving.

For Frosting:
In another bowl, beat frosting ingredients until stiff peaks form.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

If you are using a piping bag to frost cupcakes I suggest you double the frosting recipe to 8 packets dry whipped topping and 4 cups cold root beer.

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    July 27th, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Hi Lori,
    Yes, I have made this in a 9 x 13 pan and it works. If you use cool whip don’t add regular root beer. You could add a few drops of root beer flavored extract. -Amy

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    July 27th, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    If you use Cool Whip, how much root beer would you add? Don’t want it too runny?!?

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    July 27th, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Did anyone try the recipe with a 9×13 pan?

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    Amy Hanten

    February 2nd, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Hi Joan. I use Dream Whip. It’s the dry packet of whip topping. Comes in a box. Also cold root beer. I’ve been this many times and it whips up perfectly. -Amy

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    January 31st, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Just the Whip It and root beer are suppose to make a frosting??? After 5 minutes on high I still had liquid.

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    October 26th, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    I loved this idea, I think I’m going to make these for my graduation party. And for my welcome home party when I return for my military training:)

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    Holly Sue

    September 7th, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    They were so easy to make and tasted great. I used a piping bag to ice so I took your tip to double the recipe but I had a lot leftover. So I froze it and am gonna use it over root beer for kinda a real root beer float. Thank you so much.

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    August 6th, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Delicious is right!!!! Fun, cool, light cup cakes and toppings yumm. My only concern is the topping was very expensive 2 pck of dream whip was $2.58 at Walmart. That could be $5.00 to $10.00 if u double the topping . No complaints. We tried an alternative bought the ready made Topping added some root beer and melted the candy added powdered sugar used a press with different top designs. Did this last night the topping is still holding up Amazing.
    Saw u on channel 6 new Milwaukee a week a go or so.
    Luv it.

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    June 29th, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Great recipe! Super easy to make. Did have about double what I needed to frost them though…

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      Amy Hanten

      July 9th, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Hi Lori,

      I’ve added a note to the recipe to double the frosting when using a piping bag. Thanks for sharing that tip!


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    June 25th, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I saw you on WKYC last week and can’t wait to make these. Since the frosting is made with Dream Whip can I make them the night before and do they need to be refrigerated? I was concerned about the frosting holding up. Thank you!

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    June 15th, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    just made them they are good and fluffy and they are so easy to make

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    Jessica Z.

    June 2nd, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Very moist tender cake and you can really taste the root beer in the icing.They were nice and light not too sweet or rich.Made them a birthday party and they went over well.They looked very cute as well.

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    May 30th, 2012 at 8:53 PM


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    May 27th, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Oh my gosh! Fabulous! Saw “The Cooking Mom” on WGN Chicago mid-day news last week and immediately went to store to buy ingredients and made them yesterday! You rock!

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    joan juchemich

    May 26th, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    will try this one for sure. i have a recipe for a root beer bundt cake as well. Enjoy being in michigan…..we are suffering numerous wildfires here in the u.p. Lots of structural losses now as well…

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    May 24th, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    They were so easy to make and so good

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    May 24th, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    They were so easy to make and so good

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    judy rodriguez

    May 20th, 2012 at 7:39 AM


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