Root Beer Cupcakes

I love this recipe for Root Beer Cupcakes with cream cheese icing. First your nose picks up the classic root beer scent, then the flavour mildly hits, so classic and delicious!

root beer cupcakes cream cheese icing

Root Beer Cupcakes

Before you five into this goodness, don’t forget to try my other delicious cupcake recipes such as: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Eggnog Cupcakes, and chocolate salted caramel cupcakes!

My daughter had one main request for her 12th birthday this year – she wanted cupcakes and specifically, Root Beer Cupcakes.

I recalled her birthday last year when all she wanted to do was ‘hang out’ with friends, no balloons or party decorations, and nothing special – not even a cake or cupcakes to celebrate.

It was a huge parenting shift to the grand bash birthdays up until then, but I obliged with minimal complaint.

 root beer cupcakes

So this year when my daughter actually had requests, this mama didn’t hold back. I had the huge balloon bouquets & filling the house, and a banner or 3 adorning the walls {and maybe one outside too}.

I planned an ice cream bar with friends, and then these Root Beer Cupcakes for her to share with her cheer teammates.

So of course you need some Root Beer Extract or Root Beer Concentrate for these!

 root beer cupcakes

What I love about these Root Beer Cupcakes is that they aren’t overpowering.

It’s not until you bite into them, that your nose picks up the classic root beer scent.

Then, the flavour mildly hits, it’s just pleasant!

 root beer cupcakes

I made these cupcakes with a box cake mix, because I am a fan of them – easy peesy and they taste great. Really, it’s taking the already yummy and adding the root beer.

Yet don’t forget to finish off the cupcakes with this cream cheese icing – it’s one of my favourite icings of all time.

Yet if you are looking for one that isn’t too sweet, try this Dream Whip Icing, just add the root beer extract to it.

For birthdays or just because they are that good – enjoy the recipe!

root beer cupcakes recipe
Root Beer Cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Root Beer Cupcakes

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Root Beer Cupcakes with cream cheese icing. First your nose picks up the classic root beer scent, then the flavour mildly hits, so classic and delicious!



  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup root beer
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tsp root beer extract, or root beer concentrate


  • 1 pkg Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp root beer extract
  • 3 cups sifted icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, vegetable oil and egg whites until combined.
  3. Add in root beer and gently stir, then add in root beer extract and combine again.
  4. Bake as per instructions on the box, ensure not to overcook.
  5. Once done, set aside to cool.


  1. Combine cream cheese, milk, root beer extract and vanilla in a bowl. Beat on medium until combined.
  2. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  3. Spread or pipe over cooled cupcakes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 20 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Saturated Fat: 3gSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 40gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g

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  1. I feel your pain, my daughter is 12yrs, she is the youngest of my 4! I miss the big B-day party’s, sleepovers (where I plan movies, games etc) now I guess I am not that cool anymore (or so she wants her friends to think!)
    I cant wait to help with my grandkids!!

  2. These would be a big hit within the house, extended family and friends – lots of pro root beer peeps in my life but I’ve never seen root beer extract or root beer concentrate — any tips on where to find? Maybe it’s an obvious answer or the most obvious answer aka Amazon but if I’d ever seen it in a store I would have bought it…

  3. Omg this looks heavenly! Never heard of root beer cupcakes before. This is a recipe I have to make.

  4. They look so delicious! I will have to make those for my daughter. She loves root beer and cup cakes. You will find that as they become teenagers, they have very different idea how they want to celebrate there birthday! My granddaughter 4th birthday is next weekend. I help my daughter make rainbow playdough in masson jar instead of traditional goody bags.

  5. Wow they look and sound scrumptious , thanks for sharing the recipe , i will be trying them out 🙂

  6. Super cool! My husband is a big root beer fan; I will be making these for sure! I really like the muffin cups you used, and are those straws? They are perfect for rootbeer cupcakes!

  7. I would never have thought to use root beer in cakes or cupcakes! I didn’t even know you could get root beer extract.

  8. It starts around age 12, that’s for sure.

    My nephew had this 12th bday this year, and he didn’t really want much. He got a huge steak for his dinner (his choice!) and spent some time with his friends, but that’s it.

    They grow so fast! 🙁

    those cupcakes look AMAZING though. 🙂

  9. OH we gotta try these! We both love root beer in a nice cold mug. Having these with our root beer would so delicious!

  10. Tried them! Love them! They tasted EXACTLY like rootbeer cupcakes should! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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