Vegan Root Beer Float Cupcakes
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
Root Beer Float Cupcakes
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup non-GMO canola oil (or your baking oil of choice)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons root beer extract
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
Chocolate Ganache
  • 5 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup dairy-free milk beverage
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla dairy-free milk beverage
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Root Beer Float Cupcakes
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a dozen cupcake tins with papers.
  2. Combine the soda and vinegar and let stand for a few minutes. Add in the sugar and oil, whisking vigorously until slightly frothy. Integrate your extracts, and gently introduce the flour, along with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt, being careful not to over mix.
  3. Distributing the batter evenly between the prepared tins, fill the cupcake liners approximately ¾ of the way to the top.
  4. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake yields no crumbs.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before proceeding to the ganache.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and microwave on HIGH for about 1 minute. Stir thoroughly even if it doesn’t look completely melted - It should come together after a bit of agitation, but if the chocolate still isn’t entirely smooth, return to the microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time, watching carefully to ensure that it doesn’t burn.
  2. Drizzle the ganache in squiggles over the tops of the cupcakes. (You’ll probably have plenty of left over ganache, but is that a particularly bad thing?) Allow the ganache squiggles to fully cool and dry before preparing the frosting.
Vanilla Frosting
  1. Throw room temperature shortening into your mixer, and beat thoroughly until creamed.
  2. Add in the sugar and start on a low speed so as not to spray powder everywhere. Incorporate the milk beverage and extract, and combine thoroughly.
  3. Apply the frosting to the cupcakes as desired. Wax nostalgic about childhood memories.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at