Root Beer Float Cupcake Recipe

Just last week one of our IT support guys at work left us. As a parting gift to thank him for all of the terrible IT problems I’ve made him resolve over the last couple of years I made a batch of root beer float cupcakes.

This was the first time I made these, but the overall feedback I received was that they were “wicked good.” For those of you that don’t speak New England that means awesome. I believe the only request was for an additional side of cherries next time. This was the final result:

Root beer float cupcake with chocolate sprinkles and a maraschino cherry

Root beer float cupcakes with root beer frosting, chocolate sprinkles and a maraschino cherry

Ingredients:

Cupcake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of your favorite root beer soda (I used Mug root beer)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp root beer
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup softened butter
optional – brown food coloring

Directions:
Whip together sugar, butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add root beer and food coloring and beat until fluffy.

My notes:

  • Be careful not to add too much root beer to the frosting. The more liquid you add the runnier it will be. The soda only gives a hint of flavor, so if you want a more intense flavor try using root beer extract instead.
  • I added a bit of brown gel food coloring to the frosting to make it a little darker but it’s not necessary.
  • I love to use a pastry bag to decorate my cupcakes. The presentation is far superior that smearing on with a knife or spatula, but I guarantee they will be delicious either way!
  •  I happened to have maraschino cherries an chocolate sprinkles on hand so that’s what I used. Other ideas would be: root beer hard candies, root beer drizzle or a whipped cream topping instead of frosting and a straw (for a more authentic soda shoppe feel).
  • If you use maraschino cherries: rinse them off and dry thoroughly before adding them to the cupcake. If they are wet they will “melt” your frosting and it will start sliding everywhere.
  • I was battling an incredibly hot and humid day and they held up relatively well – cupcakes were only a little bit sticky after transferring from the car to the office.
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Recipe: 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies

As I was trolling Facebook last night I found a Buzzfeed video on 3 ingredient Nutella brownies. Um yes please! Who doesn’t love a nice warm, fudgey, gooey brownies on a cool fall night. Considering it was almost 10 o’clock at night and god forbid I disturb Mara’s beauty sleep on Josh’s pillow, I vowed to make it today. Usually I have this huge problem with following through on things I promise myself I’m going to do. Usually my thoughts range from “it wasn’t important anyway” to “I need to make sure I’m well rested so I can procrastinate again tomorrow.” This time I stuck to my guns and hit the kitchen right after work. Just kidding. I moved my furniture back into place, played with the dog, talked to my neighbor, tried to make a few excuses and then got my butt into the kitchen.

So the recipe stands as this:

1/2 cup of flour
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups of Nutella

Mix well, pour into a greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Nutella BrowniesSince Josh lives the primal lifestyle I decided I wanted him to be able to enjoy brownies for the first time in god knows how long. I took the original recipe and changed things up just a little bit. First, I substituted the regular flour for coconut flour. Because coconut flour is very different from regular flour a 1:1 substitution wasn’t going to work. If I did a 1:1 sub I would have had brownies drier than the Sahara desert. Rule of thumb is the substitute half of the called measurement. Since this recipe called for 1/2 cup of regular flour, I did 1/4 cup of coconut flour. My second adjustment was adding two extra egg to make sure the brownies would be nice and moist. Coconut flour is extremely dry, so usually recipes using coconut flour require a lot of extra moisture from other ingredients. Eggs are commonly used to achieve this. For this particular recipe, the Nutella also has a lot of oil in it that helps the extra eggs.

My recommendation to make this a primal friendly 3 ingredient Nutella brownie:

1/4 cup of coconut flour
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups of Nutella

Mix well, pour into a greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Hot tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to “over mix” as coconut flour doesn’t have the same issues regular flour does. It’s actually necessary for smooth, non-clumpy batter.
  • Don’t overcook. Coconut flour is extremely dry already so over cooking will kill the brownies.

Nutella Brownies

I guess you can argue that mine aren’t exactly 3 ingredients because I also added chocolate chips. I mean, what’s better than chocolate? More chocolate! I find that they are not a sweet as regular brownies, but they are still good. They seem to be more bitter like a 85% dark cocoa chocolate. Josh said to him they are sweet. I guess it depends on the person’s taste. All I know is they passed the Josh taste test AND the Eric taste test so I’d say these are definitely a win.

-AB

There’s nothing sexier than a man who can cook

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

In my short 24 years I have met far too many men who can’t get by in life because they lack the basic life skills every human should have. The knowledge to do laundry and cook seem to be the biggest challenges of them all. I have been fortunate enough to find a man that can do both without guidance and coaching. Josh comes from a family where the men cook and the women bake, so in our house that’s the way it works. Josh does all of the cooking and I do all of the baking. As much as I like to cook, I am happy to give up the chore of making dinner, especially when I am spoiled with amazing meals.

Classic lemon rosemary chicken w/pasta

Classic lemon rosemary chicken w/pasta

Josh follows the “primal” lifestyle. For those of you who don’t know what that entails, he cuts out all grains, starches, carbs, legumes and any other possible happiness out of his diet. As an extreme pasta enthusiast you can see where our choices in food clash. I also refuse to eat vegetables, which Josh eats a lot of. Most of our meals consist of a meat – steak, chicken, sausage – and then a veggie or occasional sweet potato for him and rice or pasta for me. When I bake, I tend to substitute almond flour or coconut flour for the regular flour. His favorite treat is chocolate chip banana bread.

Ginger rosemary buttered chicken, wrapped in bacon atop a grilled pineapple. Optional: Brussels or potatoes

Ginger rosemary buttered chicken, wrapped in bacon atop a grilled pineapple. Optional: Brussels or potatoes

Today he decided to create an Instagram to showcase all of his food creations. He likes to think of it as a digital photo album of recipes, which he takes great pride in. Feel free to follow him @doc.cat to see all of his tasty creations and what I am having for dinner.

Tuscan steak and shrimp

Tuscan steak and shrimp

Josh loves to experiment with different spices and flavor combinations. Aside from the usual classics, he often times like to open up our well-stocked spice cabinet and create a delicious meal. Occasionally I find recipes on Pinterest or Facebook and send them over to Josh. He is always happy to make whatever I send over, whether he actually eats it or not. The mozzarella stuffed meatballs were his latest creation based on a recipe I saw on Facebook. Just like going to the grocery store hungry, Pinterest-ing while hungry can also be dangerous. I’ve pinned more recipes than I could ever imagine. Thankfully I have a great cook who loves to make new things who will make them all for me.

Rosemary/onion grilled steak with blackened shrimp

Rosemary/onion grilled steak with blackened shrimp

Family recipe Alfredo over grilled chicken and pasta w/ homemade pina coladas

Family recipe Alfredo over grilled chicken and pasta w/ homemade pina coladas

Chicken parmesan, garlic bread, pasta

Chicken parmesan, garlic bread, pasta

-AB