Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

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Summer must be coming as I am craving flavors like root beer floats. I thought I would try to make one of those ever-popular extreme milkshakes, in this case, root beer floats.  You know the ones, glasses covered in chocolate and topped with the frozen drink and cake or cookies piled so high.


Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipes

First thing first, you need to make the cupcakes first to make these ultimate floats. This Root Beer Cupcake recipe could not be any simpler starting out with a white cake box mix. I

If you have been following me for any time you know that I don’t mind using starter mixes to make things move a little quicker. Plus using a box mix I know I will be making about 24 cupcakes a time.  No worries, just freeze any extra if you don’t need them all.


I just added 3 tablespoons of root beer extract to the regular recipe. I kept tasting the batter and did not get the true flavor of the root beer. Depending on your family’s tastes you may want to adjust the flavorings. Proceed with the cupcake recipe stated on the box and allow them to cool completely before frosting!

The frosting is what really made this cupcake recipe explode. It was especially amazing cold. With the warm temperatures, I would suggest keeping these in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe


Of course, we could not resist adding a cut paper straw and a cherry on top.

How to make the Ultimate Root Beer Floats

Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

Pick the best root beer:

A&W Root Beer helps create the perfect timeless family night treat: an A&W Root Beer Float! Make sure it is nice and cold so chill it all day or better overnight.

Real Vanilla Ice Cream 

There is real vanilla in A&W, so why skimp on the ice cream.  Buy the best vanilla ice cream you can. This means finding one that uses real vanilla beans, no artificial flavoring here. 

Build The Float Glass

Place your glasses in the freezer for at least 1 hour to get nice and cold.  Then use the Ice cream  Shell Topping that hardens.  You know what I am talking about. Carefully pour this on the outside of the cold glass

Add sprinkles to the shell before it has a chance to harden.

Make Your Root Beer Float

Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

  1. Add several scoops of vanilla ice cream to your glass
  2. Slowly pour your cold root beer over the ice cream.  Allow the fizz to subside than add more. 
  3. Top with a Root Beer Float Cupcake 
  4. SERVE and Enjoy


Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe


A&W is celebrating 100 years of sweet family memories by calling on its fans to create new ones. This summer, A&W Root Beer invites families to take the pledge to go technology-free for 1 hour on Friday nights and make family fun to remember for years to come.

  • For every pledge made, A&W will give a coupon redeemable for a FREE 2 liter of Root Beer to help make family time even sweeter.
  • For more “float how-tos”  recipe inspiration as well as to take the family tech free pledge, visit, www.rootbeer.com.

Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

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Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

An amazing cupcake recipes that is wonderful for summer get togethers where you dont have to worry about the ice cream melting Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe


  • For the Cupcakes
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 3-4 tablespoons of rootbeer extract

For the Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. For the Cupcakes
  2. Prepare the cake mix per the box directions adding the root beer flavoing at the begininng

For the Frosting

  1. For the frosting combine the butter and the powdered sugar with an electric mixer then add the heavy cream and vanilla, and beat for 1 minute.


We enjoyed these cold as the frosting resembles vanilla ice cream

Adapted from frosting from Country Mama Cooks

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 24mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 0gSugar 21gProtein 0g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Ultimate Root Beer Float and Cupcake Recipe

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