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Root Beer Cupcakes

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
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Just before serving, combine whipped topping and crushed candies; frost cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 279 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • delowenstein
    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
    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
    May 27, 2013

    YukBet 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.

  • glrbsn
    May 27, 2013

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    Oct 9, 2012

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    Sep 7, 2012

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    Jun 3, 2012

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  • eringgold
    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
    Sep 16, 2010

    Refreshingly different and very tasty.

  • maggieaw
    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.