Root Beer Float Cake

Kathie Carr Recipe

By Kathie Carr kathiecc

15 Min
30 Min

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.

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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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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!
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?
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!
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.
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! =^.~=