Root Beer Float Cake

Kathie Carr Recipe

By Kathie Carr kathiecc

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Root Beer Floats are my favorite ice cream treat. This cake does the same for me and its easy to make.

I got this recipe from a newspaper several years ago.


1 box
yellow cake mix
1 can(s)
good root beer
1 box
dream whip
eggs, as cake mix directs
oil, as cake mix directs
1 tsp
root beer extract, optional, this intensifies the root beer flavor of the cake

Directions Step-By-Step

Prepare cake mix adding eggs and oil exactly as box directs. Substitute root beer for water called for. Add root beer extract if using. Pour batter into a greased 9 by 13 pan and bake as directed on box. Cool.
For root beer float topping: Prepare Dream Whip with root beer substituted for the milk. Use both envelopes of Dream Whip to make a good amount of topping. Chill well.
To serve: Cut cake into squares and place a large amount of topping on cake.
NOTE: Let root beer sit a few minutes before measuring to assure accuracy. It bubbles so much you can end up with a dry cake if you don't give it a chance to release the bubbles. The flavor of this cake is light and most people like it but I actually like a stronger flavor and added the extract to the cake mix because of that.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Sharron Boerum slboerum
Nov 18, 2011
...was going through these trying to find one that used a mix...and here it is!! My grandsons love root beer and i think this would be fun for a birthday cake! =^.~=
Kathie Carr kathiecc
Jul 21, 2010
I found the root bee extract at a local Martin's SuperMarket. The local cake decorating supply has it, too. Of course the online option is available. Hope you like it.
Jan Mullikin jmulliki
Jul 19, 2010
I have made home made root beer and you can buy the extract from the Amish on-line store, Lehmans Hardware. Homemade rootbeer is absolutely out of this world, but it makes a big vat of it! This cake sounds magnificent. I wonder if you could make the same cake with the red creme soda? or vanilla creme soda? I love those too!
Karen Smith smilin
Jul 17, 2010
Kathie, if you have a Schwans ice cream delivery in your area, and love rootbeer floats, thay have right now a seasonal ice cream called root beer float that is wonderful. I too love root beer and will definely try this cake. I don't think I have ever seen root beer extract, where do you purchase it?
Kathie Carr kathiecc
Jul 17, 2010
I think this cake is great without the root beer extract and get lots of compliments on it that way. Root Beer extract is kind of expensive. But being a true root beer fan I use the extract. The topping is what really makes it taste like a float. I like to frost each square of the cake with it. Or you can just plop a big spoonful on each piece. I hope you enjoy it!