Glazed Root Beer Float Cake

24 Jun

Here’s a tasty treat that’s great for the occasional indulgence! This cake is really phenomenal – the hint of root beer laced throughout gives it a fun fresh flavor. And the glaze…oh man…this glaze is dangerously delicious! It’s VERY tempting when you have extra to dig in with a spoon. Serve this cake with ice cream to fully achieve the root beer float effect. Enjoy!

Glazed Root Beer Float Cake

For the cake:
2 cups root beer
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs

For the glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup root beer
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, very soft

Position an oven rack to the lower third of the oven and preheat it to 325 degrees. Spray a 10-inch Bundt pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the root beer, cocoa powder, and butter in a medium saucepan. Place it over medium heat and warm the mixture, stirring often, until the butter is melted. Whisk in the sugars. Let cool.

In large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.

Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl, then whisk them into the cooled root beer-cocoa mixture. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry. The batter will be slightly lumpy, and this is perfectly fine. Don’t overmix the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Let the cake cool for at least 30 minutes in the pan before gently loosening the sides of the cake from the pan and inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely (spray the rack lightly with nonstick spray before inverting the cake to prevent it from sticking as it finishes cooling).

To make the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and root beer in a medium bowl until well-blended. Whisk in the softened butter until smooth. If necessary, adjust the glaze with more confectioners’ sugar to thicken the glaze or a bit of root beet to thin it–you want it to flow lazily off a spoon–not to runny, but no where near spreadable. Spoon the glaze over the cake and let it drip down the sides. Let the glaze set for 15 minutes or so before serving. This cake keeps covered at room temperature for at least 5 days (and just gets better and better as it sits), or longer if refrigerated.

Source: Piece of Cake


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