Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Root Beer Bundt Cake with Root Beer Fudge Frosting

I've had my eye on this Root Beer Bundt Cake recipe ever since I got my little hands on Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. I had the perfect opportunity to make it recently when I offered to bake a birthday dessert for a friend, and he had no preference for anything in particular, so I had free rein to choose.

Root Beer Bundt Cake with Root Beer Fudge Frosting

My bundt pan and I have been back on speaking terms for a while now, and I'm pleased to say that this was another nonstick success, thanks to my baking spray with flour. Unfortunately, though, this wasn't my favorite cake. While it was really moist, the root beer taste didn't come through too strongly (I used A&W, not sure if a different brand would have other results). I would have loved the frosting, but it felt a bit too salty for me, and that might have been the deal breaker. This was the first time I've seen salt in a frosting recipe, and I won't add it again.

If you have a root beer fan in your life, this could be worth making. It's certainly an original idea, and the cake was easy and fun to make. Everyone I served it to claimed to really love it, so my perceptions could be off, or maybe they were just being polite (ha!).

Root Beer Bundt Cake with Root Beer Fudge Frosting

Important tips! Make sure the root beer/butter/cocoa powder mixture is almost completely cool before you stir the eggs in. You don't want to wind up with a scrambled egg cake! Serve the cake with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate root beer float flavor.

Root Beer Bundt Cake with Root Beer Fudge Frosting
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Printable Recipe

For the Root Beer Bundt Cake:
2 cups root beer (do not use diet)
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs

For the Root Beer Fudge Frosting:
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt (Amy's note: I didn't care for this, would omit it next time)
1/4 cup root beer
2/3 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

To Serve:
Vanilla Ice Cream

1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Generously spray the inside of a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until just beaten, then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold the cocoa mixture into the flour mixture. The batter will be slightly lumpy. Do not overbeat, as it could cause the cake to be tough.

4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minute, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a small sharp knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Gently loosen the sides of the cake from the pan and turn it out onto the rack.

5. Put all the frosting ingredients into a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until the frosting is shiny and smooth. Use a spatula to spread the frosting over the crown of the bundt in a thick layer. Let the frosting set before serving, with the ice cream on the side.


oneordinaryday said...

Too bad it wasn't what you expected. This is one of my favorites EVER, but I adore the salt/chocolate combo.

Jo said...

I've not tried a root beer cake before but would have thought it would taste great! In any case I will make it one day just to check it out.

Anne said...

One teaspoon salt?! No wonder it was too salty. I've seen a pinch or so in frosting recipes, but nothing like that. If I make this (oh, whom am I kidding? WHEN I make this) I'll probably cut the salt to no more than 1/4 teaspoon. Thanks for the warning!

Courtney said...

If there wasn't enough rootbeer flavor you could try using some rootbeer extract. I found some at Wal-Mart and just a little bit added plenty of flavor to a cake I made a few months ago.

Delicious Dishings said...

I'm sorry you didn't love the cake. That happens sometimes. At least it looks gorgeous... and others seemed to like it!

Pity said...

well at least it looks delicious! well done, cheers from london

Gudrun said...

love bundt cakes! They make every celebration that much more special :-)

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Bet I could talk my kids into this cake, they love root beer!

Stephanie said...

I just saw this recipe on foodgawker! PERFECT for my dad's birthday cake this weekend- I have been searching for a recipe for him all week!

Myrnie said...

Well, it looks delicious :) I had the same experience with rootbeer cookies- just not enough root beer flavor!

Mollie said...

I just made this and it was DELISH! Thanks for posting the recipe!

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