As far as I know, root beer float cupcakes came into being a few years ago. To be honest, I always thought this was a completely bizarre cupcake flavor and never had any desire at all to try them.
I have a 5 year old who is obsessed with all things root beer.
And he has these little. pug. stuffed animals.
They are family members. They go everywhere with us. They navigate in the car. I like to hide them in odd places and play #hidethepugshideyowife
Anyways. It turns out the pugs' birthday was a few weekends ago. Want to guess what flavor of cupcakes they requested?
And so I strapped my old lady panties on and sucked it up and tried my hand at root beer float cupcakes.
I adapted the frosting from a fluffy vanilla frosting recipe, and it. was. AWESOME.
Seriously amazing. It tasted just like root beer. And it was light like whipped cream and full of flavor.
I tried flavoring some cupcakes with root beer extract, but honestly you couldn't really taste it, and I think I would have been happier with French Vanilla cupcakes so the recipe below reflects that.
The conclusion is that these cupcakes are fantastic, and not just for pugs. It doesn't even have to be your birthday.
The frosting isn't the simplest recipe (yes, it does require you to put a pan on the stove), but it is one of my favorite frostings, because it is so light, and it is worth EVERY SECOND.
Please make these for your pugs.