Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Root Beer Float Cupcakes and A GIVEAWAY!

Looks good right?!

I decided to honor the winning root beer by throwing it into a cupcake!
What a fabulous way to honor something, don't you think?

The recipes I found on the internet were all so different. Mostly they called for root beer extract. If the cake didn't call for the extract, comments were that the cake didn't taste as root beer-y as they'd like. 
So I took all the advice I could find on Root Beer Float Cupcakes, and like any good chef I chucked it all and just did what I wanted! 
Hehe No, I took bits and pieces of each recipe and came up with one I thought would fit my needs.
And be yummy and root beer-y, of course.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes w/ Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe adapted in part from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Une-Deux Senses

Ingredients:
Cupcakes-
1 box Vanilla Cake Mix
1 1/4 Cup of your favorite root beer (If you don't know, have an informal tasting and see!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs*

Frosting-
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), softened
1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla**
Root Beer Glaze
- 12 oz same fav. root beer

* DON'T FORGET THE EGGS! Because if you do you'll have to go to the store and get a new box of cake mix and then go buy another bottle of root beer. And maybe while you're there you stub your toe on a case of beer and curse out loud and then people will look at you funny. So don't forget the eggs. Just saying.

** You may be saying, don't most recipes call for 1tsp. Yeah but I want SUPER vanilla flavor here, like ice cream!

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350f. Pour 1 of the 2 bottles of root beer in a small sauce pan. Place over low heat and let it go. You are looking for the consistency of natural maple syrup, not to thick and gummy but still covers the back of a spoon.

2. Make frosting next. You want to throw all the ingredients together in a mixer at medium speed until its all incorporated well. Scoop it out into a bowl when it's finish, cover and place in the fridge. The colder the frosting, the better.

3. Clean out the bowl from the frosting and toss all the cupcake ingredients in there when its dry. Add root beer last so as to not splash. And again, eggs are super important at this stage.

4. Fill cupcake liners, or greased cups 2/3 full. In my experience, they say they make 24 but really I can get 18 or so out of each box of cupcakes. I may fill them too high. I'll have to experiment with that.

5. Bake at 350f for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, keep an eye on that root beer syrup. It should be getting closer to the desired consistency. Do the spoon test. If the syrup coats the back of a spoon, you're ready to go.

6. Allow the cupcakes to cool for about an hour before assembling your float. I bought adorable root beer candies when I was out with Amanda on our fun touristy day. You should really check that out, we had SO much fun.

7. Ask about the giveaway!

Oh I did mention a giveaway. didn't I?
Did you know it's my first?  
 MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!
I listened to the lovely advice from Amanda @ KevinandAmanda.com and took some initiative! I emailed the people at Abita and I said my family loved your root beer, it came in first place in our tasting and I plan on using it in a cupcake, wanna sponser a giveaway on my blog? And they responded right away saying "YES! What would you like?!" 
HOW FABULOUS IS THAT?!

So faithful readers, new commers, and passer-bys, wanna win a 6pack of root beer and a hat!?


To enter just leave a comment telling me what kind of root beer is your favorite! Have you ever tried Abita? Have you conducted a Root Beer Tasting and have come up with your own winner? I wanna hear about all of it! Please make sure to leave an email address so that I can contact you if you win! Good luck to all! Contest ends Friday Jan. 21st. Winner Announced Saturday!

~ GIVEAWAY CLOSED ~

The lucky winner of the root beer is The Alexander's!
Congrats! I hope you, your husband, and your adorable triplets love the root beer and the hat!

42 comments:

  1. I LOVE Abita. Root Beer, [real] beer, everything! I have visited their brewery in Abita Springs (north of New Orleans) several times. They're the most amazing company and all of their products are great.

    PS -- I'm hosting a birthday party this weekend and was trying hard to think of a good desert (I'm making bacon cheeseburger chicken from Amanda's blog for the main course). Those rootbeer cupcakes are the winner for desert, I can't wait to try them!

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  2. Oh, shoot. Forgot to leave my email address. So sorry!

    shannonwilson86 at gmail.com

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  3. Love Diet A&W root beer. Don't think we have Abita here in Hilo, Hawaii! Hubby and I lived in San Diego when first married - love it there - but Hawaii ain't too bad either ;0).

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  4. Oops! Me, too! grragle@hotmail.com

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  5. I don't think I have a favorite brand of root beer - but those cupcakes look mindblowingly delicious. I'm definitely a fan!

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  6. I've never tried Abita, but would love to! My fave right now (but it can be changed!) is plain old A&W.

    barelytogether at yahoo dot com

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  7. I like any type of Root Beer :) When I was a kid (in the summer days filled with trips to the pool) my favorite lunch of the day was a Tuna Sandwich and a Root Beer.. They absoultely HAD to be together.. It was my PBJ .. LOL anywhoo I never tried a Root Beer Tasting to compare any..You guys are something else :) ...
    bettysuns5@yahoo.com

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  8. I love root beer I am really addicted to it I never tried Abita! And I would love to!

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  9. Can you please make these for my belated unbirthday?!? I need root beer float cupcakes in my life right now!

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  10. Our family loves Reading Draft root beer made in Reading, Pennsylvania. I can not wait to make these cupcakes. Thanks so much!!

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  11. I found your blog through kevinandamanda.com. A rootbeer tasting...how fun! Rootbeer is my favorite kind of carbonated drink and there's nothing better than a rootbeer float! My favorite kind of rootbeer is definitely just home made! I think the dry ice is so fun! abbymarie.4@gmail.com

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  12. I came across your blog through Amanda and Kevins blog. My fav is A&W rootbeer. Those cupcakes look scrumptious.
    Marsha - sayer13@hotmail.com

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  13. Rootbeer & cupcakes...two of my favs! Man do you know how to lure people in...lol. My favorite rootbeer is the homemade rootbeer my dad used to make every fall for weiner roasts. It's basically lots of sugar, rootbeer extract & dry ice, which makes it bubble like a witches brew....so cool & tastes terrific! You should give it a whirl!

    Jenn (wennymuffin@gmail.com)

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  14. I have never tried that kind of rootbeer...but would love to. I just added the ingredients for the cupcakes to my grocery list, and pinned the picture of them to my pinterest page. I can't wait to make them!!!
    Stacey
    alexandershattrick@gmail.com

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  15. Those cupcakes look fantastic! I'll add them to my "desserts to try" list for my next get-together with friends. My favorite root beer is IBC (usually Diet IBC) followed closely by Sioux City Sarsaparilla. I have never tried Abita. I wonder if it's available on the West coast. chrissyca@mchsi.com

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  16. I mid in rural America and have never even heard of Abita, but would love to try it. All we have is A&W which of course is our fave as its all we have ever had!

    Lovin your blog!

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  17. I've never tried Abita, but I LOVE root beer. My favorite has to be A&W from the restaurant in Payette, ID. They still have the old fashioned frosty glasses and it comes from a tap, not from a soda machine. I'll definitely have to give those cupcakes a try. They look like summer!

    landonjosie@yahoo.com

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  18. I am a Fellow swapper at Flirty Apron Swap:)

    My ♥ Rootbeer is ibc...I have Not yet tried Abita but I could be Easily persuaded:)
    Is it available in Georgia??

    I Must try those Cupcakes!! My son & I LOVE rootbeer floats:)

    taracourt89@gmail.com

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  19. I usually drink Diet A&W, but that Abita sure looked yummy going into that batter!! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! :)

    msizzy73@yahoo.com

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  20. I love root beer but the onyl kinds we have around here are ibc and some off brand stuff Id love to try the abita!

    surridgefam@hotmail.com

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  21. Those cupcakes look amazing! Thanks so much for this super fun giveaway!

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  22. Love your blog! SO cute! I also LOVE rootbeer! Never had Abita either! Thanks for sponsoring this great giveaway! :)
    herrick2009@q.com

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  23. I have never had Abita root beer, but it sounds yummy. I know it is the grocery store version, but I love A & W root beer. Thanks.

    D
    dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

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  24. My favorite kind of rootbeer is Henry Weinhard's!!! I've never tried Abita but any kind of rootbeer that comes in a glass bottle is better than anything in plastic or cans LOL

    :) Kyla
    kyla.m.may@gmail.com

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  26. Henry Weinhards Root Beer is our favorite!

    Kristen

    knkennelly@gmail.com

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  27. My favorite Root Beer is Barq's. I think it's because that's the only root beer I grew up on! I had never ventured out and tried "other" root beers until after I read your blog on your root beer taste testing. Hubby and I tried an old restaurant in our area yesterday that makes their own root beer. It was very good and different.

    I had never heard of Abita until reading your post. Would definitely love to win and try it!! Great job!

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  28. My favorite root beer is Sprecher. CANNOT believe you didn't taste test it. By far the best ever.

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  29. I like A&W root beer the best.

    katiemur@gmail.com

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  30. A&W is really the only root beer I have tried, but I love root beer so this would be cool to win!

    LCH2004@gmail.com

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  31. Recently a girlfriend of mine had personalized labels done for us from My Jones root beer. It was wonderful and my favorite root beer to date!

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  32. We don't have Abita around here, but I do LOVE Root Beer, so I would be thrilled to win! Thanks for the opportunity :-)

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  33. My fav root beer is homemade. Easy, fun, and the kids love the dry ice. Would also like to try this brand. kbsbcadams@aol.com

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  34. I love Root beer, it is the best!!! I want to win , so please enter me in this giveaway!!!!!!!

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  35. I love all kinds of root beer...Dad's, Barq's, A&W...I have never tried Abita though and I would love to!
    spondah(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. I've never heard of that kind of root beer. My favorite I think is A & W Root beer but of course if I won I would more than be willing to try it! Thanks
    tealovinglady@yahoo.com

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  37. I personally don't like root beer, but my kids do. They would love it if I won! Then there would be a fight over the cap. I found your site through Kevinandamanda.com. I look forward to exploring it.

    allisonrose@inetsouth.com

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  38. I have several that I like, but an icy cold i.b.c. from the gas station cooler would have to be my favorite. I remember what a treat it was to go and get one as a child :)

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  39. A & W is classic! Love the cupcakes!

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  40. My hubby loves root beer, especially A&W and IBC. I've never heard of Abita and would love to win a six-pack and a new hat for him!

    crystalarcand (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. OMG, that is the cutest cupcake ever! I love root beer!

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