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Vanilla ice cream is sandwiched in between two layers of root beer cake and frozen for a fun twist on a summer classic – the Root Beer Float.

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Is anyone else freaking out that July is already almost over? Where is this summer going?

I was thinking a little while back about all of the fun summer treats that I have on my summer bucket list, and realized that the summer is going by way too quickly and I desperately need to start checking some of those ideas off of my list. And then Kristy and I were talking about how much fun we had doing our Key Lime Blog Party last month, so we decided to throw another party this month. And of course, perfect for summer, we decided to go with a frozen theme. And we decided to invite some of our blogging friends to party with us.

So make sure you check out the other fantastic frozen treats from Sweet Treats and More, Buns in My Oven, Completely Delicious, Mountain Mama Cooks and Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Because we are bringing you 6 frozen treats that you need to add to your summer bucket list!

Frozen Treats Blog Party with Buns In My Oven, Completely Delicious, Mountain Mama Cooks, Sweet Treats and More, Taste and Tell and Tracey's Culinary Adventures

I actually had the idea of this cake come to me months ago. There is nothing that screams summer more than a root beer float, right?

I actually made a root beer cake years ago. And I loved the cake. But it was missing one of the most important things – the root beer flavor. So because I loved that cake so much, I decided to try it again, but with one change. The original cake was made with just actual root beer for the flavoring. I decided to up that flavor with an extra root beer kick by also throwing in some root beer extract. I think the flavor is still subtle enough, but it definitely tasted like root beer to me. If you want it to scream root beer, feel free to add in even more root beer extract. And then add a layer of vanilla ice cream, and you have the perfect summertime dessert.

I’ve got a lot more summer recipe ideas – now hopefully I can fit them in before summer is over! What is on your summer treat bucket list?

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake
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Vanilla ice cream is sandwiched in between two layers of root beer cake and frozen for a fun twist on a summer classic – the Root Beer Float.
Serves: 16 servings
  • 2 cups root beer
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons root beer extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ quarts of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Line a 9-inch cake pan with plastic wrap, allowing enough overhang to go over the sides of the pan. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften slightly. Spread the ice cream evenly in the prepared pan. Cover the top with plastic wrap and return to the freezer and freeze completely, at least 4 hours.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the root beer, cocoa powder and butter. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. Stir in the sugars and cook until dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Stir in the root beer extract.
  3. Preheat oven to 325Β°F. Grease 2 9-inch cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper or waxed paper, then grease the paper.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. In another large bowl, slightly beat the eggs, then whisk in the root beer mixture. Gently fold in the flour mixture just until combined, being careful not to overbeat.
  6. Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared pans. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-32 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and remove the parchment paper. Allow to cool completely.
  7. Place the whipping cream in a large bowl and whip until slightly thickened. Gradually add the powdered sugar and continue to whip until thick with stiff peaks.
  8. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a serving dish. Remove the ice cream layer from the freezer and remove the plastic wrap. Place the ice cream on top of the cake layer. Trim, if needed. Place the second cake layer on top of the ice cream. Frost the cake with the sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with grated chocolate, if desired.
  9. Freeze until ready to serve.
cake recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Come and party with us!! Make sure you check out the fabulous frozen treats by all of my blogging friends!

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37 Responses to Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake {Frozen Treats Blog Party}

  1. Tracey says:

    I haven’t had a root beer float in ages! This cake is genius, and seriously so stunning! Hooray for frozen treats – such a fun party idea, thanks again for inviting me πŸ™‚

  2. Love unique recipes like this! I know that I would looove a root beer float cake. I need to buy me some root beer extract asap! πŸ™‚

  3. Root beer float?! LOVE this cake!!

  4. Is it wrong that I totally want this for breakfast? πŸ˜‰

  5. Karly says:

    I have about one root beer float per year. I do believe that this year it needs to be in the form of cake! Love this!

  6. carrian says:

    LOOOOVE!! What a pretty cake and party!

  7. Tieghan says:

    This is gorgeous! Such a perfect cake and what a fun week!! I cannot wait to see all the treats!

  8. What a fun cake flavor. I love a good ice cream party.

  9. katie says:

    Woah this has brought the ice cream cake to a whole new level! Love the way you are thinking! What a fun party!

  10. Wow! This cake is stunning! Root beer floats remind me of when I was young. What a great idea to incorporate those delicious flavors into one incredible looking cake!

  11. Mmmm I’m ready to dive into this summer treat. What a fun twist on a classic!

  12. Joanne says:

    Ain’t no party better than an ice cream party! This is so much fun!

  13. That’s one gorgeous cake, and this is such a fun idea. My family would love it!

  14. I so need to try this cake!! Looks amazing!!

  15. What a stunning cake and genius idea! Ice cream cakes were always my favorite as a kid but I haven’t had one in years! Can’t wait to try this!

  16. It’s so funny for me to read that people are upset it is the end of July because that means summer is ending. I live in Scottsdale, AZ where 110 degree heat lasts from April to December. Ugh, just the thought of it!

  17. Jaclyn says:

    This looks delicious! I love your pictures! So pretty.

  18. Hello gorgeous cake! It looks almost too pretty to eat…almost. πŸ˜‰ I love all the details, especially the chocolate grated garnish on top. πŸ™‚

  19. I can’t believe July is almost over either. Where did the summer go? You’ve outdone yourself with this one- it looks amazing. Root beer floats are one of my favorite desserts in the summer!

  20. This is so darn creative! And so completely gorgeous. I love root beer floats. Haven’t had one in ages!

  21. Amazing! Ice cream cakes always trumps regular cake in my book!

  22. Simply amazing, Deborah! This cake makes me wish I had a summer birthday!

  23. Chels R. says:

    This is amazing!

  24. What a fun cake! I love a good rootbeer float, but it has been years since I have had one!

  25. Nutmeg nanny says:

    Yummy πŸ™‚ this cake is beautiful! The flavor sounds amazing!

  26. Sammi says:

    I tried to make this today for a big birthday party, and while delicious, it was a little hard to assemble. Granted, someone left a window open and the heat melted the ice cream while I was frosting it. So my only advice would be to keep everything chilled before assembly. Otherwise, this was delicious. A little more heavy on the chocolate side, but the zing of the rootbeer was very good. Thanks!

  27. Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar says:

    That cake looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I am almost drooling at the sight of it!

  28. Cassandra says:

    Can’t I exclude the root beer extract, don’t think I can get it here in Singapore .

  29. KristyGutierrez says:

    This looks amazing, and simple! I am not a cook or chef, but love to follow recipes…the simpler the better! πŸ™‚ How do you freeze the cake at the end, so it doesn’t end up with freezer taste? I would think wrapping it with plastic wrap right away would stick to the frosting.

    • Deborah says:

      Hi Kristy – When I first made the cake, I knew I was going to be serving it that night and I left it uncovered in the freezer. For the leftovers, I transferred it to a plastic cake dish that I have that has a cover. If you don’t have something like that, you could wait until it is frozen completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap.

  30. Kristi says:

    I love this idea for a cake! I just have one question and I apologize if it’s already been asked, but how far in advance can you make this cake? I have a covered cake carrier that I can store it in but I was curious about how long it would be ok in the freezer.

    • Deborah says:

      You could probably make it and freeze it for several days ahead of time, but I probably wouldn’t add the the whipped cream frosting that far ahead of time. It does get quite firm the longer you freeze it, so you may have to take it out of the freezer beforehand to let it thaw just a little bit to make it easier to cut.

  31. Jacquie Kernick says:

    I am in the UK…..where would I look for Root Beer extract….I’ve never heard of it and it’s only in recent years we’ve only been able to buy Root Beer in cans. Hope someone can give me a clue.

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