Root Beer Float Cakes

These cute and tasty root beer cakes make portable desserts in jarsRoot Beer Float Cakes are a festive way to celebrate summer, or any season!

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Everyone needs a little something like this every now and again… For no particular reason.

Giving a sweet to your sweeties lifts the spirits.

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And who doesn’t love a root beer float?

Or desserts in jars for that matter.

Making Root Beer Float Cakes

I made these sweet little root beer cakes as a surprise for my babies (8 and 10.)

They came home from camp, hot and disheveled, to cool creamy root beer float cakes, individually packaged, just for them!

Words were unnecessary, they knew they were missed.

Making Root Beer Cakes

Desserts in jars make fabulous edible gifts, picnic items, and birthday party treats.

I often make little portable treats this way, then screw on the lids and store them until just the right moment.

A special occasion, perhaps.

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Like today.

Or last night.

Or tomorrow morning.

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Really any occasion calls for the essence of a sweet creamy root beer float.

And when you pull these root beer cakes out, any ordinary moment turns special, just like that!

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The root beer cakes alone, are ultra tender with dark sassafras tones, from the combination of molasses, cocoa, and root beer.

The fine moist texture is based on super-fine Gold Medal Flour with just the right amount of moisture. I’m a big fan of Gold Medal Flour because they are so particular about the wheat they use and their milling process. It’s always consistent.

These root beer cakes are superb on their own, yet add the ice cream and extra root beer to ooze down and saturate the cake and you have something utterly irresistible.

Desserts in jars with intense nostalgic root beer float flavor!

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Root Beer Float Cakes

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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For the Root Beer Cakes:

  • 1 3/4 cup Gold Medal All Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tb. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 12 oz. bottle root beer
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tb. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

For the Root Beer Float Cakes:

  • 3 bottles root beer
  • 1 quart California-made vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 12 glass half-pint jars on a rimmed baking sheet. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Whisk in all the liquid ingredients until smooth.
  2. Use a scoop to evenly distribute the batter into the 12 jars. Pour in the center, so the batter doesn’t run down the sides. Carefully place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. Once cool, screw the lids on the jars to store.
  3. To serve, place one heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top of each cake. Pour a scant amount of root beer over the ice cream so it fizzes up. Serve with a spoon!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. All opinions are my own.


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  5. Monicaposted October 15, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

    Can this be made in a cake pan? I want to make this for my brother’s Birthday but don’t have mason jars or a need and space for them right now. His Birthday is in December.

    • Sommerposted October 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Yes, you’ll just have to watch the time, because I’m sure it will take a little longer to bake. Good luck!

  6. Joanne - Inspired Tasteposted September 25, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply

    These are the coolest root beer floats, ever! Such a great idea :)

  7. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted August 14, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    Sommer these are just adorable! I love them!

    Rating: 5
  8. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Genius! These are so adorable and I bet they taste perfect :)

  9. Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted August 6, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    These are so cute!!! What a great idea – and they look so delicious!

  10. Danielle @ TheBestDessertRecipes.composted August 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm Reply

    These cakes look seriously AMAZING. I can’t wait to feature them on our site (and make a few of my own at home)!

  11. Jeanetteposted August 5, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

    What a fun idea Sommer, very creative! Love desserts in a jar ~ this reminds me of hot fudge brownie sundae.

  12. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted August 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm Reply

    Love the idea of a cake in a jar! Looks pretty sinful! :)

  13. Diane {Created by Diane}posted August 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

    What a super-delicious idea, they are so cute!

    Rating: 5
  14. Leslieposted August 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

    These sound..ummmm..kinda amazing!!!!! I am sure your babies loved them!!

  15. Monetposted August 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Oh these are just too adorable! I would have a hard time digging in because they are so pretty…but then I’d imagine how good they’d taste and I wouldn’t have a problem. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Carolynposted August 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Okay, so they are not quite the same, but I literally did root beer float cupcakes last week, which I will feature this week or next. How funny is that? Love yours in the jars.

    PS – I got a nasty comment on my facebook page the other day because I did my raspberry limeade in mason jars. I was told is was “SO overdone”. I say screw ’em, let’s keep putting anything and everything into mason jars ;)

  17. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted August 4, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply

    These are so adorbs, Sommer! Sorry I missed you on Friday. (My host company had an outage and I was struggling with that all day, on and off, and got behind on blog love.) Will pin to group boards. Thanks for sharing!

  18. momofnineposted August 4, 2013 at 8:54 am Reply

    What a fun and tasty idea! Love your blog. Just found it. Thank you!

  19. shelly (cookies and cups)posted August 3, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply

    Root beer floats are my kids favorite!! Pinned these :)

  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 3, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply

    Want! I’m loving these, Sommer. We’re big root beer float fans around here, and will find any excuse to use jars!!

  21. Nancy Longposted August 3, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

    if you had to use one pan, what size and how long would you bake it? I really don’t have storage space for all those jars.

    • Sommerposted August 5, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

      Hi Nancy,

      Try a 9×13 pan and check it after 15 minutes. It may take the whole 20-25. :)

      • Nancy Longposted August 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

        Thank you – we are leaving tomorrow to meet some friends in Marco Island for a couple of days. Will make this when we get back. We are both suckers for a good root beer float!

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted August 3, 2013 at 6:54 am Reply

    very fun!

  23. Amandaposted August 3, 2013 at 8:25 am Reply

    What a FUN FUN FUN way to do dessert in jars!! Perfect for this sometimes messy treat… its just so brilliant!

    Rating: 5
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  25. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted August 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm Reply

    This is such a great idea, Sommer!

  26. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Individual desserts just make them extra special. My boys would love these!

  27. Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted August 2, 2013 at 9:03 pm Reply

    That is such an awesome idea for the portable root beer cakes. And what a fun surprise for your little ones to come home too!!!

  28. Ash- foodfashionpartyposted August 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm Reply

    These are perfect little treats for any party or just for yourself.

  29. Gerry @ Foodness Graciousposted August 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Genius!! I never knew mason jars were oven proof? Great idea and I can only imagine how awesome they must taste!

  30. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

    How cute are these, love the jars!

  31. Wendyposted August 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Desserts in jars are so much fun! They are delicious and portable. Some are even mailable! The extra ice cream and rootbeer on top makes these special! Great summer treat idea!

  32. Lucyposted August 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Thanks for the step by step! Looks awesome!

  33. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted August 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Root beer float cakes?!? So so tempting and cute!!


  34. Janposted August 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I haven’t had a root beer float in ages! This is great! I have actually met people who don’t like root beer, and I always question them about it, just like those who don’t like chocolate. Crazy!

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  36. audreyposted August 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    going to Wal-mart right now to buy the jars…three young grandsons coming for a
    week…..WE will love these

  37. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted August 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

    I love root beer floats as much today as I did as a kid; these are so cute and such a winning combination of great treat and fun presentation.

  38. Shainaposted August 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm Reply

    I will take 3.

  39. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm Reply

    what a fun idea!! this is so cute!

  40. Paula - bell'alimentoposted August 2, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

    My kids would go nuts over these!

  41. Jennifer Schmidtposted August 2, 2013 at 10:34 am Reply

    What size mason jars did you use and how many did the recipe make?
    These look delish!

    • Sommerposted August 2, 2013 at 10:44 am Reply

      Hey Jennifer, it’s in the recipe. 12 – half pint jars. :)

      • Jennifer Schmidtposted August 2, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Thanks!! Making these soon!!

  42. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted August 2, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply

    These are totally amazing, Sommer! So darn cute and creative!

  43. Gabyposted August 2, 2013 at 9:59 am Reply

    stop it! how cute are these!!!! Obsessed to say the least

  44. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted August 2, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

    You are like the most brilliant girl I know…yep you are. Miss you!

  45. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted August 2, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

    Holy moly yes please!

  46. Heather Christoposted August 2, 2013 at 8:46 am Reply

    My kids will flip for these Sommer. Awesome recipe!

  47. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 2, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    Crazy awesome! Love it, Sommer!

  48. Jenny Flakeposted August 2, 2013 at 8:35 am Reply

    These are so much fun Sommer!! Love them :)

  49. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted August 2, 2013 at 8:23 am Reply

    I love that these are in mason jars! I’ve done a root beer cake float before but I usually just cut the cake into squares and layer it with the ice cream in big glasses. This would cut out that step entirely! Perfect!

  50. Sandy Coughlinposted August 2, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

    You are too cute. This is a great idea and perfect for a summer party!

  51. marlaposted August 2, 2013 at 8:09 am Reply

    Mmmmmm. Such a fun summer float!

  52. Abby @ The Frosted Veganposted August 2, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    I discovered Burbon Root Beer a few weeks ago and lawwdeee I’m thinking that would be PERFECT in this!

  53. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 2, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    A cake root beer float is such a great idea!

  54. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted August 2, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply

    Awesome! I must make these for Little Buddy – he will FLIP!!!

  55. Tieghanposted August 2, 2013 at 7:03 am Reply

    Such a fun idea!! I love that you baked the cake in the jars and then just plopped the ice cream right on top. Such a genius and super cute summer treat!

  56. [email protected]posted August 2, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

    Not only are these super fun looking, but I can only imagine how incredible they taste!

  57. Belinda @zomppaposted August 2, 2013 at 6:44 am Reply

    What a fun way to enjoy cake AND root beer!

  58. lori @ RecipeGirlposted August 2, 2013 at 5:35 am Reply

    These are such a sweet treat for summer! Beat the heat with cake and root beer, love!