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Root Beer Cupcakes with Cake Mix

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These root beer cupcakes with cake mix are super simple to prepare but they’re adorable enough for even special occasions. If you need a treat to share try these root beer cake mix cupcakes!

When it comes to make cake mix recipes with soda you can’t do better than root beer cupcakes. They’re similar to these chocolatey root beer cupcakes or cream soda cupcakes!

Starting with a boxed cake mix makes life so much easier and the root beer gives these cupcakes a sweet, fun taste that everyone will love.

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pin showing the finished root beer cupcakes with cake mix ready to eat with title across the middle.

If you want to make a tasty treat that everyone will think is fun and festive these root beer cupcakes with cake mix are the answer. They make a great addition to any party table and are perfect for birthdays, backyard BBQ’s, and more.

We will be making these root beer cupcakes with a cake mix and then whipping up some frosting that is also flavored with root beer!

Featured image showing a finished root beer cupcakes with cake mix

Ingredients needed to make root beer cupcakes and frosting:

For the cupcakes you will need a boxed cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, root beer soda, and brown cupcake liners! These are all super simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

To make the root beer cupcake icing you will need salted butter, powdered sugar, half and half, root beer soda, maraschino cherries, paper straws, piping bags, and frosting tips.

That’s all you will need to make some flavored homemade icing and root beer cupcakes with cake mix! Let’s dive in and see how easy it is to whip up these adorable soda cupcakes.

Root beer cupcakes with cake mix ingredients.

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!

Finished root beer cupcakes ready to enjoy.

How to make these root beer cupcakes:

Let’s go ahead and start making some fantastic soda cupcakes. These root beer cupcakes with cake mix are simple to make and the flavored icing is the perfect topper!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a standard muffin tin.

root beer cupcakes with cake mix cupcake batter ingredients ready to be mixed.

Steps 1-2: Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, add in your oil, eggs, and soda, and mix on medium until well incorporated. 

batter for root beer cupcakes ready to be baked up.

Step 3: Add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. 

cupcakes ready to be baked.

How to make the root beer flavored icing:

Now we’ll dive into the icing and putting it all together section! This whole process is really easy, check out these step by step instructions for making the icing and decorating these root beer cupcakes.

butter in a bowl ready to be mixed for icing.

Step 4:  In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter, and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).

icing whipped up and ready to be used.

Step 5 Mix the half and half or milk and root beer soda together. (If you don’t, the soda on its own will break your frosting)

icing on top of the cupcakes.

Step 6: Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of the liquid mixture from Step 5 in between each cup.  Continue to mix for 1 minute or until creamy. 

cupcakes decorated and ready to be eaten.

Step 7: Prepare a piping bag and fill the bag with frosting and frost your cupcakes. Add your maraschino cherry and straw if desired. Enjoy! Makes 24 cupcakes.

Finished cupcakes ready to be enjoyed.

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, Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling.

More options are these butter pecan cookies, banana bread with cake mix, 3 ingredient cake mix cookies, cinnamon donutsfunfetti sugar cookie trufflesred velvet cake mix cookies.

There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, and even cream soda cake mix cupcakes!

cupcakes on a pedestal stand ready to be shared.

Printable Root Beer Cupcakes with Cake Mix Recipe:

Here’s the printable version of this root beer cupcakes with cake mix recipe. It’s an easy recipe that is fun to make. If you have kids that like to help in the kitchen you’ll definitely want to let them help with these fun cupcakes!

You’ll also find nutritional info, helpful shopping links, and more, all in one spot!

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Root Beer Cupcakes with Cake Mix

Featured image showing a finished root beer cupcakes with cake mix

These root beer cupcakes with cake mix are super simple to prepare but they're adorable enough for even special occasions. If you need a treat to share try these root beer cake mix cupcakes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ¼-1 ¾ cups root beer soda
  • Brown cupcake liners
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon half and half or whole milk (not pictured)
  • 2 tablespoons root beer soda
  • 1 large piping bag, 1 large round frosting tip
  • Maraschino cherries (optional)
  • Paper straws (optional)

Instructions

Directions for Cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a standard muffin tin.
Steps 1-2: Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, add in your oil, eggs, and soda, and mix on medium until well incorporated.
Step 3: Add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Directions for Frosting:
Step 4: In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter, and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
Step 5 Mix the half and half or milk and root beer soda together. (If you don’t, the soda on its own will break your frosting)
Step 6: Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of the liquid mixture from Step 5 in between each cup. Continue to mix for 1 minute or until creamy.
Step 7: Prepare a piping bag and fill the bag with frosting and frost your cupcakes. Add your maraschino cherry and straw if desired. Enjoy! Makes 24 cupcakes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is calculated as a courtesy to the reader. Please do your own calculation for complete accuracy.

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