Hello again! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted, though it’s only been a few weeks. This recipe has been brewing in my head for a while. A friend suggested root beer cupcakes, and I wanted to step them up a notch. I kept thinking of sarsaparilla, which I used to get in Old Town Sacramento growing up. It has a spicier taste with a hint of ginger. With that thought, I decided to use a gingered cupcake and top it with root beer frosting. Thankfully, I had a bottle of Root Beer Float Dessert Topping that I bought this summer from Cooking Up Ideas, one of my favorite stores in Fort Bragg, CA. I am using the dessert topping as the root beer flavoring in my frosting, but if you don’t have it, check below for alternative ideas!
(makes approx. 1 dozen cupcakes)
1/3 c. butter, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 c. milk
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
Cream the butter until soft. Mix in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time. Add the ginger; be careful not to over mix! Sift together the dry ingredients. Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients, ending with dry.
Spoon the batter into prepared tins, bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool on wire rack.
Root Beer Butter Cream Frosting
3/4 c. butter, room temperature
2-3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. root beer topping/extract/reduction*
* You can use any of these three things. The first two are available for purchase. You can make a root beer reduction by placing about 1/2 c. of root beer in a shallow sauce pan over medium heat. Let it simmer, stirring often, until it is reduced and is a syrup-like consistency. Make extra if you want to drizzle more on top of your cupcakes.
Cream the butter until soft, then begin to add the powdered sugar. Add about 1 1/2 cups worth, and then start to add in the liquids. Continue to mix in powdered sugar until you’ve reached the taste and consistency that you want!
Pipe the frosting onto cooled cupcakes and drizzle with extra root beer topping or reduction. Please don’t drizzle root beer extract on top of your finished cupcakes…it will not have a satisfactory effect :)