Friday, July 24, 2009

Root Beer Float Cake

I don't know why I've been so stuck on recipes lately, maybe it has something to do the with the cooler weather? I've found a few new sites that I'm hooked on and even joined, all in hopes of making me a better baker, I'm gonna love the homework! lol

One site that caught my attention is "Joy the Baker" this girl has it going on, the recipes she comes up with are out of this world! Just look at this Root Beer Float cake, I can't wait to try this, my mouth waters just looking at it, and I gave up soda almost 4 years ago! She's won me over with this one!

Root Beer Float Cake
2 c. root beer, no diet
1 c. dark unsweet cocoa powder
1/2 c. unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. dark br. sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 lg.eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Spray the inside of a 10 in. bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder and butter over med. heat till butter is melted. Add sugars and whisk till dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another small bowl whisk the eggs till just beaten. Then whisk into the cocoa mixture till combined. Gently fold in flour mixture into the cocoa mixture. The batter will be a bit lumpy.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-45 min., rotating the pan halfway through baking till a sharp knife comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, then loosen edges with a knife and turn out onto a cake plate.

Chocolate Root Beer Frosting
2 oz. cocoa, melted
1 stick unsalted butter, soft
1 t. salt
1/4 c. root beer
2/3 c. unsweet cocoa powder
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
In a bowl using a stand mixer or electric mixer, beat butter and cocoa powder. Once combined add melted chocolate, salt, powdered sugar and root beer. Beat together till smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake. Slice and serve.

This recipe and a few others have been added to my baking list. I don't normally bake in the summer unless it's a cool day, but I may have to make a exception here. Some other neat recipe sites that I've become a part of are:
Mixing Bowl- a save and share site that allows you your own page to store recipes and share yours. There are groups to join for all kinds of recipes.
Tasty Kitchen- is a sister site to The Pioneer Woman where you can save your favorites and share your own too.
Add me as a friend if you join either of these, I'd love to see what your cooking up and baking for! And check out Joy the Baker, the name says it all!


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