Root Beer Float Poke Cake

Root Beer Float Poke Cake

I hope all you moms have a super wonderful Mother’s day today!  We all know how hard moms work, and you totally deserve this wonderful day to be celebrated and hopefully get the day off from your motherly duties!


 Root Beer Float Poke Cake


As for today’s post, I am so excited to share another root beer flavored dessert: Root Beer Float Poke Cake!  I absolutely loved my Root Beer Float Cookies so much, and I had leftover root beer concentrate, so I knew I wanted to try it in another delicious dessert.  This was so good!  I think you can see how light and fluffy the texture of this cake is from the pictures, but there’s a secret to it too….


This cake is soaked in sweetened condensed milk so it’s also moist, yet light.  The cool whip on top adds just enough vanilla flavor combined with the sweetened condensed milk to give it a taste similar to that of a root beer float.  This root beer float cake is perfect for upcoming summer BBQ’s and other get-togethers.  It’s incredibly simple and satisfying.  You are going to love this cake!


 Root Beer Float Poke Cake

Root Beer Float Poke Cake
Yield: 12 Servings
  • 1 box white or vanilla cake mix
  • Ingredients for the cake mix. Mine called for:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp root beer concentrate
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8oz) tub cool whip
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and root beer concentrate for 2 minutes. Pour the cake batter into a greased 13x9-inch pan and spread the batter evenly.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 23 to 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
  3. Allow cake to cool completely.
  4. Using the bottom of a wooden spoon, poke holes evenly through the cake, about 1 to 2 inches apart. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the cake and into the holes. Refrigerate several hours to overnight.
  5. Frost with cool whip. Cut and serve.
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Recipe lightly altered from Wine & Glue 


Want to know how to get that swirled icing?

How to Do Bakery Swirled Icing

How To Do Bakery Swirled Icing


Or are you craving more root beer recipes?

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  1. bblad says

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! This cake would be so perfect for a picnic this summer! What a fun idea!

  2. says

    What a creative way to fancy up a boxed cake mix. Looks delicious! By the way, where to you get root beer concentrate? Thanks for sharing on Totally Talented Tuesdays.

    • Amber says

      Thanks! You find the root beer concentrate in the aisle with the extracts (vanilla, lemon, etc). My store typically carries the McCormick brand.

  3. laura erickson says

    himy name is laura,im havin a 10 birthday for my dog whos …..FROSTY..MUG the theme is root beer float…what would be easy and tastes like root beer

    • Amber says

      You’re too sweet. Thank you! I don’t have a cookbook out as of right now. I’ve debated on doing some smaller ebooks first. Just sign up for email updates and you’ll be the first to know if I do one! Thanks Laura!

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