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Root Beer Float Cake-in-a-Jar, Plus 6 More Creative Desserts

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There have been a few rainy days this season so I’ve been doing some baking projects with my daughter here and there. One of them has been this root beer float cake-in-a- jar. We found it hilariously fun because you really add root beer to cake mix (mind blown!) and bake it up in jars. Then we added a thick topping of whipped vanilla frosting to make it look like an actual mug of root beer. So fun!

I’ll admit I was totally skeptical that this would work and was really surprised when it actually did. The cake honestly had a mild root beer flavor. Since I used vanilla cake mix, it kind of tasted like a root beer float. Wild! My daughter asked to have a scoop of ice cream on top of her cake, but I just ate mine plain. It was plenty rich enough and tasted so good I didn’t want to dilute it with ice cream or any other add-on. This super fun summer project would be ideal for a rainy day, or heck, just a day you want to hang out in the kitchen!

Root Beer Float Cake-in-a-Jar

Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
1 1/4 cups root beer
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 container whipped vanilla frosting

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly oil the inside of 6 half-pint glass jars.

2. Whisk the cake mix, root beer, vegetable oil, and egg whites until smooth and light. Divide the batter evenly amongst the jars so they are each about 3/4 full. Place the jars on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake is done and a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

3. Carefully move the hot jars to a wire rack to cool. When they are at room temperature, top each one with a thick layer of vanilla frosting. Serve!

And here are 6 more creative cake-in-a-jar recipes:

Rainbow Cake-in-a-Jar 1 of 6
This cheery cake-in-a-jar is bound to put a smile on your face. Kids and adults will love it, and it's festive enough for any party!

Get the recipe for rainbow cake-in-a-jar

Photo by: Brooke McLay
Peanut Butter Cups Cake-in-a-Jar 2 of 6
How about making a cake that tastes just as amazing, if not more so, than your favorite candy? This decadent jar cake is bound to be the best kind of treat to end the summer.

Get the recipe for peanut butter cups cake-in-a-jar

Photo by: Shaina Olmanson
Birthday Cake-in-a-Jar 3 of 6
What better way to celebrate your little one's birthday that with these adorable, sprinkle-studded birthday cakes in jars?

Get the recipe for birthday cake-in-a-jar

Photo by: Brooke McLay
Strawberry Shortcake-in-a-Jar 4 of 6
If you've got ripe strawberries on hand, give your favorite shortcake recipe a whole new twist by making it in a jar. It's a fun way to make everyone's favorite summer treat, and bonus: It makes it portable enough for picnics!

Get the recipe for strawberry shortcake-in-a-jar

Photo by: Brooke McLay
Red, White, and Blue Cake-in-a-Jar 5 of 6
If you're in the American spirit or just like these colors, this cake is perfect for you. Everyone will love the festive tribute, plus it's surprisingly easy to make!

Get the recipe for red, white, and blue cake-in-a-jar

Photo by: Brooke McLay
Red Velvet and Nutella Cake-in-a-Jar 6 of 6
This decadent cake-in-a-jar is enough to send you over the edge. Don't be surprised if you find yourself licking the edges of the jar clean.

Get the recipe for red velvet and Nutella cake-in-a-jar

Photo by: Brooke McLay

 

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