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Chocolate Root Beer Cupcakes

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These chocolate root beer cupcakes are so fun and festive. This adorable recipe for root beer float cupcakes starts with a boxed mix to keep things simple!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 50 minutes
Featured image showing the finished chocolate root beer cupcakes ready to eat.

These chocolate root beer cupcakes are so fun and festive. This adorable recipe for root beer float cupcakes starts with a boxed mix to keep things simple!

It is really easy to make cupcakes with a boxed mix. I love using cake mixes to simplify baking sweet treats…then I can spend my time making them cute, fun, an flavorful instead. Just like these hot fudge sundae cupcakes, my root beer float cupcakes are super fun and of course, packed with flavor.

You don’t have to worry, even though the end result is very cute, there’s not a lot of fancy work going into these cupcakes. The process is simple and quick. You can even have the kiddos help you in the kitchen if they enjoy that sort of thing.

Another really simple recipe that is fun to make is Oreo Sunflower Cupcakes!

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The pin showing the finished chocolate root beer float cupcakes with title at the top.

There’s nothing quite like a root beer float in the summer. Now you can enjoy the flavors in a portable little treat…these chocoalte root beer cupcakes are made with a boxed mix (you can use your favorite one) and a can of soda!

There is just a few other ingredients to gather up and once you have all of your supplies you can easily whip up this perfectly shareable treat.

A view of the finished chocolate root beer cupcakes.

Looking for other fun cupcake recipes?

Before we dive in, take note of these other fun cupcake recipes. They’re easy, just like chocoalte root beer cupcakes, and if you are preparing for a party or family gathering these recipes are all worth trying…make a few and let everyone choose their favorites!

I love to make Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes because they’re perfect for summer. Another good option is Layered Red White and Blue Cupcakes! The perfect patriotic choice for Memorial Day, 4th of July and more.

You can also try Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cupcakes which are packed with cinnamon flavor and look adorable too! Cream Soda Cake Mix Cupcakes are worth trying too, another great recipe that uses soda to infuse even more flavor to the baked goods.

A side view of the finished root beer float cupcakes.

Kitchen Essentials For Cupcake Recipes:

If you are trying to pick out some of the best supplies to stock your kitchen for cake mix recipes and baking in general, these are some of our favorites and must have items.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

For cupcakes you’ll also need cupcake pans, cupcake liners, and a mixer!

A close up view of the finished chocolate root beer cupcakes.

What you will need to make chocolate root beer cupcakes:

To make these chocolate root beer cupcakes you will need a handful of ingredients. We’re making 24 cupcakes but you can double the recipe if you want to make more than that!

You will need a dark chocolate fudge cake mix, root beer soda, chocolate frosting, cupcake pans, cupcake liners, root beer barrel candies, brown and white paper straws, and a 1M Wilton frosting tip.

Find the full amounts and ingredients list in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. You can use whatever brand of cake mix and frosting you like. You’ll see in the photos what we used here!

Ingredients needed to make these root beer float cupcakes.

How to make chocolate root beer float cupcakes:

To make these easy chocoalte root beer cupcakes you’ll need to follow these simple instructions. Don’t worry, half the fun is in decorating these and topping them with a cute little root beer barrel! There’s not a lot of difficult steps and in just a little while you’ll have a tasty treat that is perfect for sharing.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.

Cake mix in the mixing bowl.

Add cake mix and soda to a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Cake batter with soda ready to mix.

Fill cupcake liners halfway with cake batter.

batter in the cupcake pan ready to bake.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick, and it comes out clean.

Cool for 1 hour on a baking rack.

Ready to be filled with frosting.

Snip the corner of a ziplock bag or the end of a piping bag and insert the frosting tip.

Frosting being put into the bag for topping the chocolate root beer cupcakes.

Fill a ziplock bag or piping bag with frosting.

Frosting being piped onto the cupcakes.

Pipe frosting onto cupcakes by starting in the middle, swirling around the cupcake, then meeting back in the middle.

Frosted cupcakes ready to be decorated.

Top each cupcake with a root beer barrel candy.

Candies on top of the cupcakes.

Cut straws in half, then in half again (each straw will give you 4 mini straws), and insert a mini straw into each cupcake.

straws being cut to fit the cupcakes.

Do you want to make more cake mix recipes?

If you are looking for more cake mix recipes you could not have landed in a better spot on the web. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes made with boxed cake mixes that I think you’ll love.

There’s something for everyone and each of these recipes is simple and straightforward, no muss, no fuss. Just simple desserts that the whole family will enjoy.

Try out Apple Pie Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling, or Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake.

More options are these butter pecan cookies, banana bread with cake mix, 3 ingredient cake mix cookies, cinnamon donutsfunfetti sugar cookie trufflesStrawberry Cake Batter Dip, Firecracker Poke Cake, Layered Red White and Blue Cupcakes, Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Dump Cake, and red velvet cake mix cookies.

There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, Soft Cake Mix Sugar Cookies, Cake Mix Air Fryer Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Cookies!

A look at the finished root beer cupcakes ready to eat.

Printable Chocolate Root Beer Cupcakes Recipe:

Featured image showing the finished chocolate root beer cupcakes ready to eat.

Chocolate Root Beer Cupcakes

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These chocolate root beer cupcakes are so fun and festive. This adorable recipe for root beer float cupcakes starts with a boxed mix to keep things simple!
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Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 12 oz can root beer soda
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Cupcake pan
  • 24 brown paper cupcake liners
  • 24 root beer barrel candies
  • Brown and white paper straws
  • 1 M Wilton frosting tip

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.
  • Add cake mix and soda to a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill cupcake liners halfway with cake batter.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick, and it comes out clean.
  • Cool for 1 hour on a baking rack.
  • Snip the corner of a ziplock bag or the end of a piping bag and insert the frosting tip.
  • Fill a ziplock bag or piping bag with frosting.
  • Pipe frosting onto cupcakes by starting in the middle, swirling around the cupcake, then meeting back in the middle.
  • Top each cupcake with a root beer barrel candy.
  • Cut straws in half, then in half again (each straw will give you 4 mini straws), and insert a mini straw into each cupcake.

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