5/14/2010

Mini Root Beer Float Cupcakes

With so much excitement going on, I haven't created a true "Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go" treat in awhile--Let's get back to what I do best!
Today we whipped up some super easy
Mini Root Beer Float Cupcakes

I don't drink, but I LOVE shot glasses! I use them for all kinds of things! I've used them for Pomegranate Soup, Sweet Potato Sorbet, use them to serve shots of bisque as an appetizer, put veggie sticks in them & serve on an elegant platter, you name it!

Votive holders work well, too. They're cheap (lots of places have them for 25 cents) and look elegant. They were perfect for these little sweet treats!
Mini Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Makes 32
Ingredients:
1 pkg. Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix
1 Tbsp. Root Beer Extract (in the spice aisle w/ the other extracts)
1 can Root Beer (you can use diet to cut the sugar)
Creme Roulee wafer cookies
Vanilla Icing (storebought or your favorite recipe)
Red Mini Gumballs (or M & M's or other red candy)
Clean votive candle holders or shot glasses
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 1 Tbsp. root beer extract in 2 C. measuring cup (you'll have extract left over for another batch!:)). Fill cup with Root Beer until it reaches 1 1/2 C. (you'll have just a taste of root beer left in your can). Add to cake mix and stir well. No eggs, no oil, easy!!
Place shot glasses/votive holders on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Fill 1/2 full with cake batter and bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes until done. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Your kitchen will smell like a soda factory--the kids loved it!:)
Cut creme roulee wafers in half.
Put vanilla icing in canvas bag w/ star tip (or you can just put it in a ziploc baggie and snip off one end). Pipe a dollop of icing onto each cupcake, top with a gumball and half of a wafer cookie. Serve or refrigerate until needed.
Wouldn't these be just adorable too for a summer picnic or end-of-the-year school party?!

55 comments:

Chic Cookies said...

LOVE 'em! I posted a link (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com) Thanks for sharing!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

These are DARLING!!! I never thought about using shot glasses!

Linda Holbrook said...

You made them! And they are so cute!!! We're going to try them too :)

Kelly said...

LOVE the idea! Question, tho: How can you be sure the glasses are oven safe? Or would all shot glasses and/or votive holders be oven safe?

Adorable presentation!

Charlotte said...

I hungry already! Very creative...

Christine said...

DO you use all of the root beer extract then add the root beer soda to the measuring cup? i'm just a little bit confused on how much of each to use.

Alisa said...

How creative!I love the little shot glasses!

Mary said...

What a fun and fantastic idea. This is my first visit to your blog. I had intended only to say hello but was lured by your prior posts and ended up staying far longer than I planned. I'll be back often to see what you've been cooking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Mandy said...

Christine, use just a tablespoon of the extract. Basically, you're taking out a tablespoon of the soda and replacing it with extract. Hope that makes more sense.

Kelly, most shot glasses should be safe up to 350 degrees. As for votive holders, some very thin ones could crack in the oven, so check the manufacturer.

Mandy said...

Chic cookies, thank you!!

Bridget, TY, my husband wondered why I came home w/ a bag full of shot glasses a couple years ago, ha!:)

Linda, wish we could have done them together! We had fun, though.

Charlotte, TY, I hope you make them.:)

Alisa, thanks, aren't the little cups just too cute? My hubby was cursing my name, though, when it came time for him to do the dishes. ha!

Mary, I'm so glad you came by and stayed! we'll try to keep things interesting.:)

Seeversa said...

cant find root beer extract :(

Arya said...

I am going to have to try this out! What a super fun idea!!

Mandy said...

When we lived in PA, EVERY STORE had root beer extract--for some reason it's harder to find on the West Coast. I ended up buying a bunch off of Ebay. I know that McCormick makes one and also Zattaran's. Hope that helps!

Meghan said...

These are SO adorable!!! I love the idea of serving desserts in shot glasses or candle holders - so perfect for parties :)

Stephanie (aka zoeys_mom, ZM) said...

I hope you cut that boxtop off your cake box! And is that a Cutco knife I see cutting those wafer sticks????

Hoosier Homemade said...

These are so cute! I never thought of using votives.
I'd love for you to share these on Cupcake Tuesday this week.
~Liz

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kluvharter2 said...

These are soooo cute! Do you think it would work in cupcake liners too?

Shell in your Pocket said...

that looks very yummy...
sandy toe

lfhpueblo said...

I've never had these. I'm going to have to try them. I bet they're yummy.

I run for cake! said...

Super cute idea! Love those little root beer floats, so fun!

Miss Candiquik said...

super cute and sound delicious. Love the idea of the "mini" dessert/shot cups, this is really "in" right now!

kb said...

I LOVE this idea! I came by the blog from facebook. I work full time outside the home and I LOVE to cook. My girls really like root beer so this is definitely going into my favorites to make soon. THanks so much for sharing! Your blog will be going into my favorites and will start following it. :)

Jessica G. said...

Shot glasses as mini mugs? Perfect! Love this!

Sara E said...

LOVE this idea!!!!!! so cool! thanks!

Jim, DeAnn, and Daniel said...

Awesome idea!! Was wondering if root beer concentrate was the same as root beer extract. Having a very hard time finding the extract.

Mandy said...

I do think it's the same thing and should work just as well.

Kathy said...

My Friends really like root beer so this is definitely going into my favorites to make soon. THanks so much for sharing!

NancyC said...

That's a nice summer treat!

Ashley said...

Mandy - your photography has gotten so good!I'm really impressed...

The Zookeeper said...

I was looking for a fun treat for great-grandma's 80th birthday party. I am taking these!

missmallory said...

um, too cute!!!

Christy said...

These are precious!

Anonymous said...

I am having a hard time finding the Rootbeer Extract. Looked at 4 grocery stores, party stores, trader joes, etc... Any suggestions? I looked on line its $2 for the product and $9 shipping :o(

Kimm Geria said...

Ok I didn't mean to be anonymous whoops. Trying to find extract :o)

Kimm

Mandy said...

I had the same problem--every grocery store in PA had it but after we moved I couldn't find it.

If you have a smaller local grocery store, they will often order a product if you request it. You may want to try that.
McCormick makes one: http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Beverages/Homemade-Root-Beer.aspx

and Zattaran's makes one: http://shop.zatarains.com/zatarains%C2%AE-root-beer-extract-p-1586.html

Lanie said...

2 things I love! Rootbeer and cupcakes!

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Kimm Geria said...

Mandy: Thanks I will look up McCormicks. Zattarans was $2 and the shipping was $9.00 which is nuts. I will keep looking I bought all the other ingredients and votive candle holders and am determined to make them.

Kimm

Michelle said...

These look amazing. I just copied down the recipe and instructions and I'm going to make them tomorrow for a birthday party.
is it ok to use shot glasses that have designs on them? do you think that anything painted on the shot glasses (like the ones you grab on vacation or something) can go into the oven?

thanks!

Lori Allred said...

These are so fun! We didn't have shot glasses/votive holders so we just made them as regular cupcakes and they still turned out darling. However my batter did not go dark like yours...it was more of a tan color before and after cooking. I used McKormicks extract but can't imagine that would make them lighter. Your photos look a light brown...did I do something wrong.

Oh and we added a few drops of extract to the frosting too...yummm! Thanks for the cute idea!

Mandy said...

Hi Michelle, I'm not sure if the paint is oven safe or not, it really depends on what kind of paint it is. You may want to try one out first (one that you don't care very much about). :)

Lori, hmmmm...that's strange. Maybe it's just the different brand. I used Zattaran's. Did they still taste yummy and "root beer float-ish"?

Lori Allred said...

They did still taste YUMMY!! And everyone here LOVED THEM!!! thank you for your cute ideas!

Jerri said...

These look wonderful! They're actually making me hungy AND thirsty!

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These are so cute! I'm glad I found your blog! Welcome to the foodie blogroll!!

postcardgirl said...

Made these for our Memorial Day celebration and they were a huge hit! Couldn't find shot glasses, so I used votive holders, but the size was perfect!

Thanks for the great recipe!

Anonymous said...

You have the most creative and beautiful ideas! Is it possible to use rootbeer syrup instead of extract? I've hunted high and low and can't find any where we live. These look so great and I'm very excited to make them and see what you come up with next! GREAT JOB!! YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The American Homemaker said...

I make root beer float cakes all the time :) I make root beer float frosting too.

2 Good Claymates said...

These look and sound so yummy! Will have to give it a try since I'm a real root beer fan!

Bootcamp said...

What a GREAT idea!! Very creative and fun for the kids :)

Charlie and Jessica said...

Saw these becuase of your movie night give away, and they are just too cute! My kids are obsessed with cupcakes, so we are making these this weekend for sure. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica
http://www.dinnerwiththeshivers.blogspot.com/

Angela said...

I am not a fan of root beer, but the rest of my family loves it! These would be ADORABLE in these little mini "beer" mugs I have!!