Cake 41: Root Beer Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting

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Root Beer Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup root beer (I used Birch Beer soda)

Root Beer Cake Recipe Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In your kitchen mixer, beat the butter on high for about half a minute, then gradually add the sugar and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides, and then beat another 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating completely. Add the vanilla extract. Alternate adding the dry ingredients mixture and the root beer, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat just until combined. Pour into your prepared 9-inch round cake pan and bake for 35 minutes. Cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting Recipe Directions

Beat the butter, then add in the ice cream and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency.

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Heather is an advertising professional in Kansas City. She is a vegetarian food-lover who finds joy in cooking, baking and finding new restaurants in new cities. She leads a pack of animals, including her beagle Ford, her shepherd-collie-retriever mix, Otto, and cat, Ahab.

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5 Replies to “Cake 41: Root Beer Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream Frosting”

  1. Love this recipe but thought the frosting was too sweet. Added some lemon juice and cut the sweetness down so it actually tasted like vanilla ice cream. Also used the frosting as a filling in the cupcake and topped the cupcake with cool whip and crushed rootbeer candies. Yum!

  2. Can you send the frosting in the mail?? My husband is in Afghanistan & LOVES root beer, so I am making him the cake [in a jar], but I’m not sure if the frosting would make it without rotting since there is ice cream in it??

    1. If it’s a store-bought container of frosting like Betty Crocker, you’d be fine. It’s well-packaged and sealed airtight with preservatives. but don’t send a homemade frosting. There’s no good way to refrigerate if it’s headed to Afghanistan.

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