These soda-shop-cute cupcakes are inspired by the whimsical treats served at Designer Desserts Bakery in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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Ingredients

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Root Beer Frosting

Directions

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  • Line twenty-two to twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, root beer, oil and the 4 1/2 teaspoons root beer flavoring. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium to high speed for 2 minutes more (batter will be thick).

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  • Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, filling cups two-thirds to three-fourths full with batter.

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  • Bake in a 350° oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean and tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

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  • For Root Beer Frosting: Stir the 2 teaspoons root beer flavoring into the frosting until well combined.

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  • To make frosting look like ice cream, chill to firm slightly, then scoop a small amount onto each cupcake. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. (At this point, cupcakes can be stored up to 3 days in a chilled airtight container.)

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  • Just before serving, top each cupcake with a root beer-flavor candy or crush candies and sprinkle over cupcakes. Cut straws in half; discard bottom (straight) halves. Garnish cupcakes with a bent straw half.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; 9 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat; 26 mg cholesterol; 203 mg sodium. 29 mg potassium; 40 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 2 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 49 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 4 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 40 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;

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