Sep 292012

My family came up to visit on my birthday last week and brought the most amazing birthday cake ever. My lovely mother worked over time perfecting a root beer cake and frosting recipe as well as the greatest way possible to serve it. The cake has a solid root beer flavor and is even slightly fizzy from using actual root beer and baking soda. The frosting is rich and root beery as well. It is delicious and when made and served in the glass mugs, will be a hit with all root beer lovers. A wonderful bonus is that now I have a dozen glass mugs for root beer parties at home! I told her that I needed the recipe and she happily obliged. So here it is, Frosty Mug Root Beer Cupcakes by Pam Sortomme.

1 ¼ cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
12 oz bottle root beer (Henry Weinhard’s)
2 tb root beer concentrate
1 ½ tsp real vanilla
1 tb white vinegar
¼ cup oil
12 11 oz glass mugs (from Dollar Tree)

Mix sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add in root beer, root beer concentrate, vanilla, vinegar, and oil until well blended. The batter should be thin.
Spray the mugs will cooking spray and fill halfway with batter.
Bake at 350 F for 19-24 minutes.

Root beer butter cream frosting
1 cup butter
4 cups powder sugar
2 tb milk or water
1 tsp McCormicks root beer concentrate
½ tsp real vanilla

When the cupcakes are cool, frost so it looks like foam. Add straws if desired. The little root beer kegs are made from chocolate with her Cricket Cake Cutter. The cake itself is very moist and fluffy and delicious. You can even put a scoop of ice cream on top for a root beer cupcake float! While I won’t start giving Seal of Approvals to recipes with root beer in them (there would be far far too many I’m sure) I heartily recommend this to anyone who loves root beer.

The Frosty Mug Cakes from another angle

A close up of one of the cupcakes

Frosty Mug Root Beer Cupcakes viewed from above.

Nov 052011

Seal of ApprovalThe new website layout officially launches! It’s not perfect but few things are. The new site will be updated regularly with blog posts and other additions. There are some new recipes, a more detailed root beer history, and so much more. Also I just posted my 99th review! So sing 99 Bottles of Root Beer on the Wall for each review so far. To celebrate I am having a wonderful launch party with some quality Seal of Approval Brews, a root beer cake, and A&W floats. It is a good day to be a root beer lover.

An A&W Root Beer Cake for the Launch Party