My mom is one of those women who are incredibly hard to shop for; she’s very low-maintenance, she doesn’t have hobbies, and she tends to buy whatever few things she’s actually interested in owning! (Sheesh.) I’ve scored a few times, picking up a book or cd, and of course — anything with a granddaughter flair added — but this year, we’re going the experience route.
We planned on treating Nana to a picnic lunch near the beach, but the weather had other plans, so we moved the picnic into the playroom! And what’s a birthday picnic without dessert?! My mom and her husband are root beer fanatics — to the point where Ella refers to A&W as “the beer store.” (Imagine my surprise when she first shouted out, “That’s the beer store! I love the beer store!” when we were driving by…) The Butch Bakery Cookbook‘s Root Beer Float cupcake seemed like the perfect treat for the occasion. (Canadian link here.)
Root Beer Float Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar (we used demerrera, but I think its safe to say the cookbook meant white granulated)
2 large eggs
2 tsp root beer extract
1/4 cup root beer
1/4 cup heavy cream
Vanilla Buttercream OR A&W Root Beer Icing
Mix the dry ingredients.
Whip the butter and sugar 3 minutes until fluffy, then slowly incorporate the dry mix. Add each remaining wet ingredient separately and mix until just combined.
Place 1/4 cup portions into prepared muffin liners and bake at 350F for 22 minutes, oruntil an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
We used pre-made rootbeer icing that we found on our last state-side shopping trip, but the Butch Bakery Cookbook (Canada) has a “double cream rootbeer icing” recipe if you’re looking to do a homemade version. I also think that a vanilla buttercream would work really well.
Baking cupcakes with kids is a great learning opportunity. It is such a rewarding way to practice and learn about:
- Sequencing (recipes follow a pattern)
- One-to-one correspondance (placing batter into each muffin liner)
- Practical life skills, such as stirring, cracking an egg, measuring, cleaning up, etc.
- Counting (for measurements, eggs, cupcake liners, etc.)
- Fractions (for older children)
- Chemistry (how each ingredient plays a part in the recipe working)
I’ll be adding a kid-friendly printable version of this recipe to my Facebook group, so if you’re interested, please join us here.
What’s your favourite type of celebration cupcakes?