Venango County Recipe of the Day: Root Beer Cake

| February 24, 2019

Love Root Beer? Love cake? You can have the best of both worlds with this unique recipe!Sponsored by Franklin-Oil Region Credit Union.

Chocolate Root Beer Cake


2 cups root beer (not diet!)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup unsalted butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs

Whipped Cream Topping

½ pint of heavy cream
1 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 tbsp. of root beer extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract


~Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Completely spray the inside of a large cake pan with nonstick cooking spray, or butter generously and dust with flour, knocking out the excess.

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

~In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt set aside.

~In a small bowl whisk the eggs until just beaten, then whisk into the root beer mixture until combined. Gently fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture. Don’t over-mix.

~Pour the batter into prepared pan and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely then loosen edges with a butter knife and turn out onto a cake plate.

~Whip cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla, mix until combined, and then add in the root beer extract. Continue to whip about a minute or two more until firm peaks form. Spread over the top of the cake.


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