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Root Beer Cupcakes Recipe

Root Beer Cupcakes Recipe

Root beer barrel candies and a spice cake-like batter give these cupcakes an old-fashioned flavor. Kids will especially love them! —Dot Kraemer, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1-1/2 cups whipped topping
  • 12 root beer barrel candies, crushed


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with root beer, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3. Just before serving, combine whipped topping and crushed candies; frost cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 279 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Root Beer Cupcakes

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 164618
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"I prepared this recipe the first time. I used 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. I also used 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1-1/2 tsp. root beer concentrate, in addition to the 2 eggs, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, the 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon & allspice and the 1 cup A & W Root Beer. I used 1 can of classic White Butter Frosting from Pillsbury and added 1-1/2 tsp. root beer concentrate to the frosting to give it a root beer flavor. I also found that I was able to get 17 cupcakes out of the recipe! I baked the cupcakes 20 minutes and the cupcakes tested done with a cake tester. They are moist cupcakes-I admit that they didn't HAVE too much of a root beer flavor, though! It's possible that the cupcakes might need to mature! The icing had the light root beer color-I think that it's possible that the icing too, would need to mature! This was a clever idea and recipe to share with the online Taste of Home recipe collection! I had to find a recipe for using root beer or birch beer or beer for a Cook's Corner Ingredient challenge! I'm glad, Dot Kraemer, that I did get to test your recipe! delowenstein"

susieq1748 User ID: 2364137 117631
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"I just want to comment on Wingding52 review. That comment about the kids "enjoying" diabetes when they grow up is/was uncalled for. Why would you get pleasure out of hurting the millions of people who has diabetes, or their children who are predisposed to getting the disease through genetics? Diabetes is not necessarily food consumption related."

Wingding52 User ID: 6432297 117630
Reviewed May. 27, 2013


Bet your kids will enjoy diabetes when they get older. Not much interesting in the cupcake recipe, standard as most. Whipped topping and more sugar on top."

eringgold User ID: 5969236 162884
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"i made these for all my roommates and their friends and they loved them. they dont taste much like root beer, but theyre still enjoyable!"

miki2 User ID: 5295663 101902
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"Refreshingly different and very tasty."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 164616
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"NAw, these do not taste like root beer cupcakes. Big disappointment. Blah, I think I would have added more spice to them to make them better. Not a good choice, but had to find out for myself."

catherinerobinson User ID: 5240878 101901
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"Haven't tried it yet but will real soon."

joannejames User ID: 4906992 148154
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"The cupcakes tasted more like spice cupcakes. Did not taste like root beer at all."

rport User ID: 2386432 117629
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"good, nice summer flavor, a keeper."

Babunia User ID: 5204881 208627
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"Root beer, yum. We loved the cupcake. Definitely a keeper!!!!!!!"

mapzd1 User ID: 4566601 117628
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"Haven't tried this yet but I intend to do so soon.. Where does it say 2 or 3 sticks of butter!? 1/2 cup of butter is only 1 stick!"

iirisheyez User ID: 739827 148329
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"These were really dry and didn't have a root beer flavor at all. I will not be making these again...sorry!"

twinkiesmom User ID: 4218569 95393
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2009

"I also made these cupcakes and they were a total disappointment. In order to actually have some of the root beer taste in the batter, you will need to use root beer flavoring...not the drink. My children hated them and asked that I never make them again."

Sage Honey User ID: 3454562 162726
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"Made the root beer cupcakes using the recipe provided, not a boxed mix. They were very heavy and dry, not light and moist as we prefer our cakes and cupcakes. My husband asked me to never make them again. Sorry, but these were a disappointment."

2oldcats User ID: 2791098 168580
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"I used a vanilla butter frosting on mine and call them Root Beer Float Cakes. These are fantastic. I will definitely make these again. My uncle sends me home with two liter bottles of Hires root beer every time I visit so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I would also try my butter frosting using a little root beer instead of milk and see how that tastes. YUM"

Doniel User ID: 3946494 148350
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"These turned out fantastic! I reduced the butter to 2 sticks instead of 3 because it just seemed like too much. The recipe for the frosting made more than I needed, I would half it next time. Root beer barrel candies were hard to find, but I finally got some at a dollar store."

stovehosp User ID: 432666 94587
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"I was surprised to find that root beer barrell candies were hard to find."

amandacorson User ID: 3400065 94586
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009 Edited Jul. 27, 2009

"i do alot of baking and tried a spice cake mix instead wtih root beer instead of water.and it worked out with good results. i might recommend Barq's rootbeer. It has more flavor. Just makes more cupcakes that way."

patsyo5672 User ID: 1094056 117626
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"Could you use a spice cake mix and use root beer instead of water?"

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