Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bringing Root Beer Aficionados to Their Knees

Root Beer Chocolate Bundt Cake

Root beer has such a strong, distinct flavor that I think it's usually one of those things you either love or you hate...I fall squarely into the former category. I don't drink any other soda, but if I'm offered a frosty mug of root beer, I definitely won't turn it down. Root beer floats? Best thing ever! Root beer barrels? Fabulous! Root beer chocolate bundt cake?! Swoon.

Root beer and deep, dark chocolate is not a flavor combination I had considered prior to making this cake, but let me tell you, it's pretty darn amazing. You have a few options when making this: you can make the cake with straight root beer, and it will come out with a subtle root beer taste in the background. Alternatively, you can substitute 1/2 cup of Root Beer Schnapps for some of the root beer in the recipe, and the root beer flavor in the cake will be much more pronounced. If children will be eating your cake, you'll probably want to stick with the plain root beer. However, if you're making this for a group of adults and you're thinking you don't want to go to the trouble of buying Root Beer Schnapps just for this recipe (as I thought myself), it's worth the trip to the liquor store. Even if you have no other use for the Schnapps, it keeps forever and I'm pretty confident you'll want to use it when you make this cake again...and again. Your second option is to sprinkle a little sea salt over the top after frosting the cake...or not. I love salt, and thought it accented the chocolate and root beer flavors wonderfully, but if this doesn't appeal to you, it's certainly not necessary. Lastly, your third decision is whether or not to serve this cake with vanilla ice cream, for a pseudo-root beer float experience. But let's be serious here: this is not much of a decision, is it? Break out the ice cream, my friends - you'll have deep, long-lasting regrets if you don't.

Interested in other unique flavor combinations? Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies (with wine!).


Jay said...

Sounds delicious! Have you tried experimenting with root beer extract? I've used that (plus loads of dry ice) to make root beer with kids.

Elisabeth said...

Jay, I haven't tried that. It's a good idea - thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this cake. The chocolate rootbeer combination is surprising and delicious.

Margie said...

Count me among the root beer lovers. I'll take the Schnapps, salt, and vanilla ice cream. I certainly don't need more regrets in life. Can't wait to make this cake.

Elisabeth said...

Anna, thanks!

Margie, exactly. :)