Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake

August 14, 2022
Rich chocolate cake is infused with root beer and then generously drizzled with root beer glaze to create this luscious Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake. Made from scratch and delightfully delicious, it's a root beer lover's dream!

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You know, chocolate and root beer make for one amazing flavor combination. And when the two are paired together in a Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake? -- Well, it's just downright delightfully delicious.

To create this super tasty bundt, rich scratch-made chocolate cake is infused with root beer both in the cake batter itself and poured on top to soak in after the cake is baked. The whole bundt is then generously drizzled with root beer-flavored glaze, creating a moist and flavorful cake that's nothing short of amazing. -- Both in taste and in looks.

The way the light-colored root beer glaze spills over the top of the dark cake, it's reminiscent of the vanilla ice cream foam that forms on the top of an actual root beer float. Don't you think?

Now the root beer flavor in this cake is definitely "there," but it's not overpowering. The flavor is a nice balance of chocolate and root beer, that still allows both to come through. -- Chocolate comes through the strongest in the cake itself, while root beer comes through the most in the glaze. That being said, if you're not a fan of root beer, this cake is probably not for you.

But if you are a fan of root beer? -- Whip one of these beauties up today! Because made from scratch and delightfully delicious, Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake is a root beer lover's dream!

Rich chocolate cake is infused with root beer and then generously drizzled with root beer glaze to create this luscious Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake.

What's to Love About This Recipe?

  • Rich chocolate cake made from scratch - No box mix here! This rich and delicious chocolate cake is made from scratch with both baking cocoa and chopped semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Tender & moist - The bundt bakes up super tender and moist, and is made even better in that department with a generous drizzling of root beer glaze.
  • Fabulous flavor combination - Chocolate and root beer make for one fabulous flavor combination, for sure.
  • Perfect for the root beer lover - With root beer in the cake batter itself, more drizzled on top of the baked caked to soak in, and a topping of root beer glaze over the entire bundt, this cake is a root beer lover's dream.

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Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake Ingredient Highlights:

Root beer and chocolate are the stars of this super tasty cake. -- Let's take a look at a few of the ingredients that help create these delicious flavors.

To bring chocolate and root beer flavor to the scratch-made cake, you'll need:

  • Baking cocoa - This is the unsweetened cocoa powder you find in the baking aisle of the grocery store. In this cake, it combines with the cake's all-purpose flour to create the structure of the cake and build a good base of chocolate flavor.

  • Semi-sweet chocolate - Melted semi-sweet chocolate stirred into the batter brings rich chocolate flavor to the cake. Look for bars of semi-sweet baking chocolate in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

  • Root beer - The star of the show! Any brand of root beer works fine, though we are big fans of A&W and Stewart's. -- Do be sure to use regular, not diet. For shopping purposes, in total this recipe uses just shy of two 12-ounce bottles or cans of root beer.

  • Ground allspice - Allspice is a bold, rich spice with notes similar to cloves. In this cake, it helps enhance and bring out the root beer flavor. 

  • Dark brown sugar - Dark brown sugar has a higher ratio of molasses than light brown sugar, and therefore has a deeper, richer flavor. In this recipe, that deeper flavor helps create the rich chocolate flavor of the cake. That being said, light brown sugar could be substituted in a pinch.

For the root beer glaze, you'll need:

  • Confectioners' sugar - The base, and sweetener, of the glaze.

  • Root beer - Serves as the liquid to create the drizzling consistency of the glaze, and creates its nice root beer flavor.

  • Vanilla extract - Enhances the glaze's root beer flavor.

  • Salt - Brightens and rounds out the flavor of the glaze.

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How to Make a Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake:

The first step in making a Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake is to make the chocolate-root beer cake itself. 

Begin the cake batter by melting together some semi-sweet chocolate, butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar along with some root beer in a saucepan. (Mmmm, it's sounding good already.) Then let this mixture cool a bit before mixing in eggs and the cake's dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into a bundt pan and bake it up.  

Once it's out of the oven, immediately poke holes in the top of the cake with a wooden skewer or chopstick.

Poking Holes in Baked Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake Image

Slowly pour on a 1/4-cup of root beer to soak into the holes.

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Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert the cake onto a serving plate to remove it from the pan. Allow the cake to cool completely before glazing.

Baked Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake Before Drizzled with Glaze Image

Once the cake has cooled completely, mix together confectioner's sugar, root beer, a bit of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to make the root beer glaze.

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Drizzle the glaze slowly all over the top of the cake. -- Do take care to do this slowly so the glaze doesn't just slide right off the cake.

Drizzling Glaze on Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake Image

Some of it will slide all the way down and form pools on the cake plate, and that's okay. -- We just don't want all of the glaze to end up in pools off the cake! (Though I will admit, it's fun and tasty to swipe your fingers through those glaze pools after the cake's been served.)

Close-Up of Root Beer Glaze Drizzles on Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake Image

And there you have it. -- Beautiful and tasty Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake, made from scratch and generously drizzled with root beer glaze. With its delightfully delicious chocolate and root beer flavor combination, it's a root beer lover's dream, for sure.

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Dessert
American
Yield: about 10-12 servings
Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake

Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake

Rich chocolate cake is infused with root beer and then generously drizzled with root beer glaze to create this luscious Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake. Made from scratch and delightfully delicious, it's a root beer lover's dream!
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 H & 20 M

Ingredients

Root Beer Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 c. root beer, divided (NOT diet root beer)
  • 1 c. baking cocoa
  • 2 oz. 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
Root Beer Glaze:
  • 2 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 c. root beer
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp. warm water, if needed

Instructions

Prepare Root Beer Chocolate Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 325℉. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. Tap out any excess flour.
  2. Combine 2 cups of the root beer, cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and butter in a large saucepan; heat over medium heat until the butter melts. Add granulated and brown sugars; whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to almost room temperature, about 45-60 minutes.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and 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 bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes.
  5. When cake first comes out of the oven, gently poke the cake all over with a skewer or chopstick. Pour remaining 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 to remove it from the pan. Let cake cool completely.
Prepare Root Beer Glaze:
  1. Once cake is cooled, make the glaze. Whisk together the root beer, vanilla, confectioner's sugar, and pinch of salt.
  2. Check consistency of glaze, and add warm water, a very small amount at a time, if needed to make a consistency for drizzling.
  3. Drizzle slowly over cake.
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. For shopping purposes, in total this recipe uses just shy of two 12 oz. bottles or cans of root beer.
  2. We recommend buttering and flouring the bundt pan rather than using non-stick cooking spray when baking this cake. We have had the cake stick in the pan when using non-stick cooking spray. If you do want to use spray to grease the pan, choose baking spray that includes flour, as it's formulated specifically for baking.
  3. Drizzle the glaze slowly so it doesn't just slide off the cake. Also, you may or may not use all of the root beer glaze.
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Chocolate Root Beer Bundt Cake ~ Rich chocolate cake is infused with root beer & then generously drizzled with root beer glaze to create this luscious bundt. Made from scratch & delightfully delicious, it's a root beer lover's dream!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


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48 comments

  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!

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

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

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  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

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

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  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!

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

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  6. That looks so good!!

    Jennifer #19

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

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

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  9. 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!

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  10. Your cake looks very tasty andi

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

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  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.

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  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!

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  14. Your cake looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing

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  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
    Dave

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  16. Wow, your cake looks amazing!

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  17. 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

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  18. 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 :)

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    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!

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

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  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

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

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  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
    #7

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  28. AH!!! Delicious!

    I'd love if you'd link this up at our first ever linky party! We're partying now!
    http://classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/02/spotlight-saturday-1-our-first-linky.html

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  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.

    Wende
    The Rickett Chronicles

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

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  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

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

    Kristina
    http://www.yomichaelmichael.com

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  37. nice idea.. thanks for sharing..

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  38. it is looking so yummy . Thank you for sharing this recipie

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  39. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!! Hope your week is going great.

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