The idea of putting root beer into cake was something that really intrigued me. I just couldn’t wrap my head around what that would possibly taste like. Could you really taste the root beer at all? Cause I really like root beer so if you can taste it in cake form, that would be just awesome.
But alas, after baking this fancy lookin root beer cake, I got my answer. Sadly you cannot really taste the root beer that much. 🙁 But wait, don’t click off this recipe just yet!
Yes, you may not be able to taste a strong root beer flavor BUT this cake is super yummy! It turns out to be a really extra moist chocolate cake. It’s hard to describe but the root beer and allspice give this chocolate cake just a hint of spice flavor. It’s quite nice actually.
I don’t know about you but chocolate cakes tend to dry out on me. Whether they are boxed or homemade, I always seem to end up with dry cake. Well, except for my Oreo Cake which had pudding in it which I think helps keep it moist.
You really don’t have to worry about that with this cake. I guarantee you will end up with a moist rich chocolate cake with this recipe. And it’s kinda cool to tell people it’s got root beer in it!
Root Beer Cake
from Food Network
2 cups root beer
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 & 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 root beer (for use after baking cake)
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour bundt pan and set aside.
2. In a medium sauce pot; heat the root beer, cocoa powder, chocolate and butter over medium heat until butter melts. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Continue heating until sugars dissolve. Remove from heat and cool.
3. In a mixing bowl; combine the flour, soda, allspice and salt. Set aside.
4. Gently whisk the eggs into the cooled chocolate root beer mixture. Fold the wet mixture into the dry flour mix just until combined.
5. Pour batter into the pan and bake for around 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Poke holes into the cake and pour the 1/4 cup root beer over it. Let cool for 20 minutes.
6. Invert the pan and remove the cake. Continue to cool until at room temp. Top with your prepared icing, recipe below.
1/4 cup root beer
pinch of salt
2 & 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together all of the above icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cake.