One thing you should know about me is that I will never, ever be someone who runs.
I know it’s a whole big thing nowadays, and honestly, I fully support running as a hobby.
As long as you don’t assume that because YOU run, I must secretly want to run and just lack motivation.
I mean, it probably IS motivation that I lack, but the problem is, I lack the motivation to even think about getting motivated.
Also, I am no scientist, but I have this theory that one day someone might try to kidnap or murder me, and I’d try to run away, but I’d have wasted all my energy running earlier in the day. A person only has so much energy, you know. I just use mine differently than you. Don’t judge.
SOMEONE has to be the one who feeds people after they run.
Also, if squishy people didn’t exist, no one would even CARE about healthy running people. It wouldn’t even be called healthy. It would just be called normal.
Wouldn’t you hate to spend all that time practicing your runs just to be called normal? No one would even congratulate you or cheer you on!! It would be just like taking a shower or putting on socks.
Fact — no one gets medals for showering. That would be creepy.
I will admit that one time I saw a bunch of cute running clothes and briefly contemplated running. But then I realized that I could just wear the clothes while I ran errands and people would just assume I’d been running. Also, I usually buy a chocolate bar every time I’m leaving Walmart as a prize (we don’t get enough prizes in life, if you ask me) but if I was wearing RUNNING CLOTHES, people would see me with my chocolate bar and think of it as FUEL.
Fuel just sounds tough and awesome.
So the moral of all this is, by NOT running, I am doing runners everywhere a favor. Also, it saves all my energy for things like making cake.
In this instance — Root Beer Float Cake.
Chocolate cake is flavored with root beer extract, then soaked in root beer that has been boiled to a simple syrup (makes it SO moist!!). The cake is topped with root beer and vanilla flavored buttercream. This cake is SO fun and perfect for the root beer lover in your life!!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 TBS root beer extract
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup root beer soda
- 3 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/4 cup milk or cream
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tsp root beer extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Brown gel coloring optional
- Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour two 8 or 9 inch cake pans and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add eggs, milk, oil and root beer extract. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in boiling water. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
- Bake cakes for about 30 minutes or until center of tops spring back when lightly touched. Let cakes cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to finish cooling on wire racks.
- While cakes cool, boil root beer in a heavy sauce pan until reduced by half. It will form a syrupy liquid. Brush warm cakes with the reduced root beer and let finish cooling. Once cool, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- Prepare frosting:
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, extracts and milk or cream on medium speed until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar. Beat on low until just combined. If using, add several drops of brown food coloring (I first set a bit of white frosting aside to pipe on top to look like whipped cream). Increase mixer speed to high and beat for one minute. Frost cake.
Cake adapted from Hershey
My husband and son said this cake tasted JUST like root beer. They loved it!! So fun for an ice cream social themed birthday.
I’m not the only one with soda on the brain!! My friend Shelly made Coke Float Cupcakes. So so fun!! I need four dozenish in my life!!
Enjoy and have a great day!!
**you should be able to find Root Beer Extract with the other extracts at your grocery store. It is sometimes called Root Beer Concentrate.