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Gourmet Cake Recipe: Root Beer Float

Updated on March 23, 2011

If you believe that there are three cake flavors: Chocolate, Yellow and Vanilla—or even worse, “white”—then you need to try this.  There is a world of gourmet cake flavors.  One cake flavor that always pleases is Root Beer Float.  Try this easy to make, no fail recipe:


Cake Ingredients:

  •  2 boxes white cake mix
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 2/3 cups root beer
  • 16 ounces plain vanilla yogurt
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup vegtable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 drams LoRann root beer flavor

Cake Instructions:

  • Mix together cake mix, flour, sugar, and salt
  • Mix in remaining ingredients one at a time in order listed
  • Make sure items are blended well
  • Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes out of center clean

Special Noteson Cake:

  • 1 Dram = ~3/4 teaspoon , if you can’t find LoRann’s you may substitute another root beer extract
  • This recipe yields a large amount and a Kitchen-Aid Mixer is probably desired.
  • Bake, Decorate, and Celebrate has an excellent guide for pan conversions and cooking times
  • Bake cake 2-3 days ahead of time, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then foil, and place in freezer; this will make the cake extra moist.
  • Level and frost while frozen. Serve thawed.

If you are not making a sheet cake or you plan on layering your cake, you will want to use a gourmet filling.  An excellent filling for the Root Beer Float cake is White Chocolate Truffle filling.  It is decadent and doesn’t get lost with the root beer flavor.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened 
  • 4 cups white chocolate chips (2 bags)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups powder sugar, sifted

Filling Instructions

  • Beat the cream cheese.
  • Melt the white chocolate and butter together in microwave; beat into cream cheese.
  • Add vanilla and powdered sugar.   Beat well.   It thickens as it cools.
  • You can soften it for a few seconds in the microwave if it gets too thick to spread. 

Special Notes on Filling:

  • Real white chocolate (i.e., Ghirardelli) and will make the filling very sweet.  For a less sweet flavor use white chocolate flavored chips (i.e., Nestle).
  • Add butterscotch extract for a butterscotch filling and have a Butter Beer Cake, ala Harry Potter 

Frost with your favorite recipe.

  • Eat  
  • Enjoy 
  • Impress your friends


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    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Sweet and delicious cake recipe with a twist, gotta love root beer float cake. :) Katie


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