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

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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 :)