Rootbeer Chocolate Cake and Creme Soda Vanilla Cake Made Gluten Free (and Easy!)

When the kid’s have a birthday I generally make them a special cake. When Lucas turned 15 this month we had a really busy week and I was out of everything I needed in the pantry, didn’t realize it, and with two soccer games that day he wound up getting a cake from the grocery store on his actual birthday. *gasp* the horror! But I promised him that I would make him two of whatever kind of cake he wanted for Memorial Day weekend. Rootbeer Cake is his favorite, so that was his request.

gluten free rootbeer float cake and gluten free creme soda cake
The topping is supposed to look like the topping on the creme soda vanilla cake … the rootbeer cake wound up a little short on topping. I’m sure you can guess what happened there.

We decided to make it a little different this time, I bought a stronger rootbeer than last time trying to get more flavor, and we also made it with a chocolate cake. Still not “rootbeer” enough. I had looked high and low for a small bottle of extract to give it a flavor boost but we didn’t find any. I’m still not happy with how rootbeer cake ame out, but creme soda cake was pretty darn awesome!

Here’s the recipe….

Easy Soda Cake Recipe
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1 Chocolate or Yellow Box Cake Mix (I use a gluten free cake mix, but just use your favorite)
  2. 1/4 vegetable oil (or alternative)
  3. 1 1/4 cup soda
  4. 2 eggs
  1. 1 envelope whipped topping mix
  2. 1/4 cup soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake ingredients together on medium speed for roughly 4 to 5 minutes...
  3. Pour batter into cake pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Let the cake cool completely before adding the topping.
  5. To make the topping mix 1 packet whipped topping mix with 1/4 to 1/2 cup soda until it fluffs up and stiff peaks form (just be patient and keep running the mixer) - spread topping evenly over top of cake and you're ready to go.
Adapted from to be gluten free and super easy from several recipes found around the web...
Adapted from to be gluten free and super easy from several recipes found around the web...
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  1. Debbra Ziegler says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I found Root Beer extract at Wal-Mart. Last time I checked, about a month ago, they still carry it. I made a delicious root beer cake fro my granddaughter. You have to add more than you think. I kept tasting the batter until I had it right.

    • Thanks for the tip! Who knew rootbeer extract would be so elusive ~ I usually try to avoid wal-mart entirely, but the craft stores don’t even have it with the cake decorating supplies so I’m running out of places to look.

  2. The Cream Soda cake sounds delish. What is a whipped topping mix?

    • It’s definitely one of the boys’ favorite cakes :)

      The whipped topping mix is usually a packet of powder that you mix with your liquid of choice to make a fluffy frosting, sometimes called DreamWhip but that’s really a brandname. It’s nondairy, but most people whip in milk or cream, though you can use pretty much any liquid and flavoring you want.

      If you’re at the grocery store and having trouble finding it, look near the pudding mix in the baking aisle. Sometimes it’s near the premade frosting cans, but usually it’s somewhere between puddings and cake mixes.

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