February 7, 2012

Chocolate Root Beer Float Cake {Crazy Cooking Challenge}


My, how a month flies by!  That's right ... it's Crazy Cooking Challenge time!  This month's challenge - CHOCOLATE CAKE.  Pretty appropriate for the week before Valentine's Day, wouldn't you say?

The rules - Must be cake.  Must be chocolate.  No cupcakes.  No mini cakes.  Recipe must be found in blogland.  Anything else goes.  My, oh, my ... my head was spinning with all the options!  But, with a brand-spankin'-new bundt pan I got for Christmas, I imposed the rule upon myself that my cake had to be a bundt cake.  This month's challenge served up the perfect opportunity for me to give my new bundt its inaugural run.

Off chocolate cake a-searchin' I went.  I narrowed it down to three ... Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake, Red Wine Chocolate Cake, and Root Beer Cake ... and had a really tough time choosing my final contender.  I so wanted to make all three!  The choice came down to what I planned to do with the cake itself.  See, I planned to offload share the cake with my teacher friends at school.  I didn't think it would be a great idea to have a cake sitting there where all 750 of our students walk by to get their lunch with a big ol' sign saying "Guinness Stout Cake" or "Red Wine Cake."  Probably not the most appropriate words for wee ones' eyes.

So, this Root Beer Cake I found at One Apron became my choice.  I decided to "rename" it Chocolate Root Beer Float Cake because of the way the light-colored root beer glaze on top makes me think of the vanilla-ice-cream-foam on the top of an actual root beer float.  Pretty, isn't it?

The root beer flavor in this cake is definitely "there," but it's not overpowering.  It's a nice balance of the chocolate and root beer tastes, that still allows both to come through.  That being said, if you're truly not a fan of root beer, this cake is probably not for you.

Begin your cake batter by melting some semi-sweet chocolate and butter together with sugar and root beer.  Mmmmmmm ... sounds good already.

Let this cool in a mixing bowl ...

... and then add your dry ingredients.

Bake it up in a bundt pan.  Once it's out of the oven, immediately poke holes in the cake ...

... and pour on some root beer.

Take a deep breath, say a little prayer that your cake won't stick in the pan, and then turn the cake out ...

Whew!!!!  Success.

Cool the cake completely and then drizzle with root beer glaze. 

Just look at those rootbeer glaze pools that form as it trickles down the cake.  Yum.

And there you have it.  Gorgeous and tasty Chocolate Root Beer Float Cake to offload on share with your friends!

Chocolate Root Beer Float Cake
Source: Adapted from One Apron, as adapted from Food Network Magazine
(Printable recipe)
1 stick unsalted butter
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 1/4 c. root beer, divided (total, this recipe uses just shy of two 12 oz. bottles or cans of root beer)
1 c. cocoa powder
2 oz. bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. salt
3 eggs, beaten

2 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
1/4 c. root beer
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 to 2 T. warm water, if needed

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Butter and flour (or spray generously with cooking spray) a 12-cup bundt pan or 2 loaf pans.  Tap out any excess flour.

2.  Heat 2 cups of root beer, cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts.  Add the granulated and brown sugars; whisk until dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.

3.  Combine flour, baking soda, and the 1 teaspoon salt.  Whisk the beaten eggs into the cooled root beer mixture, then gently fold in the dry ingredients.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.

4.  Pour batter into the prepared pan(s).  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes to one hour (mine took 50 minutes).

5.  When cake first comes out of the oven, gently poke the cake all over with a skewer or chopstick.  Pour 1/4 cup root beer over the cake.

6.  Let cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert the cake onto a serving plate and let cool completely.

7.  Once cake is cooled, make the glaze.  Whisk together the root beer, vanilla, confectioner's sugar, and pinch of salt.  Check consistency of glaze, and add warm water, a very small amount at a time, if needed to make a consistency for drizzling.  Drizzle over cake.



  1. I do not blame you in the least for picking this cake - it looks extraordinary (: I'm definitely going to have to share this around!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! It was a really tough choice between the 3 contenders ... but I'm thrilled with my choice. It was delicious!

  2. This looks absolutely wonderful! YUM! Can't wait to try it.

  3. I made root beer cupcakes last fall and they were amazing! I like that this recipe has you drizzle over root beer. Very yummy looking

    1. Oooooo, Vivian ... this would be so yummy as cupcakes. Will have to give that a try.

  4. Hi Tracey! I've submitted the Cocoa Almond Coco Cake. Anything with Stewart's Root Beer in it has to be good! Saving this one!

  5. This looks phenomonal! I'm putting this on my to-make soon list!

  6. That looks so good!!

    Jennifer #19

  7. This sounds wonderful and I love root beer! Can't wait to try this, yum!

  8. Oh yum, I LOVE root beer! I made the Black Magic Cake w/ White Chocolate Buttercream Icing. Also, I would love for you to visit my new food blog, The Sweet Spot, and link up your recipes to my Mouthwatering Monday Link Party!

  9. THIS LOOKS AWESOME!! Yumm I will try this out for sure. Check out my cake #56 on the linky party have a great day :)

  10. Yum! I've been wanting to try making a root beer cake for some time now, and it looks like this might be the one!

    Take a look at my cake - #59 Red Wine Chocolate Truffle Cake!

  11. This is so pretty, and who can say no to root beer! Sounds fabulous!

  12. Tracey,
    Your cake looks beautiful and delicious! I love that you made chocolate AND root beer the star. Thanks for sharing your recipe on my blog! I really like your site.

  13. Tracey, the cake looks so moist. I will most certainly have to make this. My younguns will be deeelighted to have a cake with rootbeer in it! Love the shape of your new bundt pan.....makes me want a pretty new one too!

  14. Your cake looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing

  15. OH MY... Reminds me of my youth! This was always a hit when i was growing up. Thanks for the nudge down memory lane!

    Thanks again for sharing, eRecipeCards.com

  16. This cake looks amazing. I love rootbeer anything. I have been thinking about buying a bundt cake pan and I think this might push me to do it!

    Please take a look at my cake if you have a chance- #73 Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

  17. Oh my! This looks amazing! I also made a root beer cake, but I like how you drizzled the actual root beer over the cake. Yummy :)

    1. The root beer drizzle made the cake super moist, and gave it a really great root beer flavor. Next time, I might go so far as to even drizzle a little root beer on top of the cake under the root beer glaze!

  18. I haven't had root beer in decades but I can imagine how good it would taste in this cake, great choice.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

    Cook Lisa Cook

  19. This looks wonderful. I have never done a root beer float cake. I must try. This just looks scrumptious.

  20. Since root beer is my favorite pop drink, this is a perfect combination of flavors. I love this month's Challenge; don't you! Come visit when you can; I'm entry #29 Pear and Chocolate Upside Down Cake

  21. What a fabulous choice for this challenge. It turned out so nicely!

  22. Your cake looks like it would melt in your mouth, it is awesome! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  23. Me and my hubby were just talking about root beer floats a few days ago, so when I seen the name of this cake, it really caught my eye. It looks yummy.

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  25. Now this is what I call a Great Cake!

  26. This cakes sounds pretty dreamy. I loveee root beer. I have some root beer extract that I could even put to good use in this cake!

  27. Looks delicious. I never thought to poke holes in a cake and drizzle root beer (or anything else I guess) onto it. Great tip.

  28. AH!!! Delicious!

    I'd love if you'd link this up at our first ever linky party! We're partying now!

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  29. This looks really good. I made a similar cake...Coca-Cola Fudge Cake (#51) and it turned out super good. I think the next time I make a cake I will try it with the root beer.

    Thanks for sharing.

    The Rickett Chronicles

  30. Another beautiful creation from you! Simply gorgeous!!

  31. Hope you have a wonderful week and a special Valentine Day. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  32. Visiting from I Heart Nap Time's Sundae Scoop :)


  33. So, so good!!! Thank you for posting! I made it tonight and ate way to much.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Trisha! Beware ... it just gets even better the next day. :-)

  34. I saw this cake over at Home Savvy A to Z's linky today and thought it looked AMAZING! I so have to try this out one day.

  35. This looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing with us on six sister's stuff! We hope to see you next Saturday!
    -The Sisters

  36. Getting the cake out of the pan can be the most harrowing of moments. Yours turned out beautifully.

  37. nice idea.. thanks for sharing..


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