Root Beer Float Cupcakes
This root beer cake with its vanilla buttercream mimics that classic float. With the first bite, you’ll be transformed back to the ’50s sitting in front of a soda jerk while swaying to doo-wop playing on the jukebox!

Are you more of a cola float kind of person? Use a cola instead of root beer. And if you prefer an orange Creamsicle, an orange soda can be substituted. The possibilities are nearly endless!

From “The I Love My Instant Pot” 5-Ingredient Recipe Book by Michelle Fagone. Published by Adams Media, available February, 9, 2021.
Servings Prep Time
12cupcakes 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 30minutes cooling time
Servings Prep Time
12cupcakes 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 30minutes cooling time
Ingredients
Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1/2 box moist vanilla cake mix15.5-ounce
  • 6ounces root beer1⁄2 can
  • 2cups Water
Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients
  • 1cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3cup unsalted buttersoftened
  • 1/2teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1tablespoon whole milk
  • 1tablespoon whole milk
Instructions
  1. Grease twelve silicone cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix and root beer. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners.
  3. Add water to the Instant Pot® and insert steam rack. Place six cupcake liners on steam rack. Lock lid.
  4. Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and adjust time to 9 minutes. When timer beeps, quick-release pressure until float valve drops. Unlock lid. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack. Repeat cooking process with remaining six cupcake liners.
  5. To make buttercream, cream together vanilla buttercream ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. If buttercream is too loose, add a little more confectioners’ sugar. If buttercream is too thick, add a little more milk.
  6. Let cupcakes cool for at least 30 minutes until they reach room temperature, then spread buttercream on cooled cupcakes. Serve.
Recipe Notes

PER SERVING:
CALORIES: 162 | FAT: 6g | PROTEIN: 1g | SODIUM: 124mg | FIBER: 0g | CARBOHYDRATES: 25g | NET CARBS: 25g | SUGAR: 19g