How to Tie Dye a Cake


I always wondered how people got those amazing cakes with different colors and swirls and tie-dyes on the inside. I just assumed that it was some lengthy process of baking different colored cakes and assembling them in some creative way. (For real. I know.)

When my daughter said that she wanted a Alice in Wonderland Cheshire cat birthday cake that “was different color swirls on the inside,” I knew it was time to learn how to do it. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned how easy it is. It’s definitely a technique we’ll use in the future now!

How To Tie Dye A Cake

Tie Dye, Camouflage or Layered Colors with Cake Batter

Tie-Dyed Cake
Recipe Type: Desserts
Author: Jackie & Ella
  • 1-2 Boxes of White Cake Mix + ingredients to make the cake
  • [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”Gel Food Coloring (AFFILIATE)”]Gel colorings[/url]
  1. Mix cake batter according to directions on the box. (Make the version using only egg whites so that the cake mix is white instead of yellow.)
  2. Divide the cake batter into as many bowls as you want colors.
  3. Drop 1-2 drops of gel food coloring into each different bowl. Mix each bowl until the desired color is achieved.
  4. In the cake pan (round or long), scoop 1/4 cup cake mix batter (first color) and pour into pan. (If you are using a long pan, place two round scoops, so there are two round scoops side-by-side.)
  5. Then, drop the next color in a 1/4 cup scoop on top of the base color. Repeat process with all colors until the cake mix is gone.
  6. Bake cake according to package directions.
The gel food colorings are thicker than regular food coloring and tend to make the cake more vibrant. Also, be sure to use white cake mix with egg whites so that your initial cake batter mix stays white. (Using the whole egg will make the batter yellow.)[br][br]If you want a more tie-dyed or camouflaged cake, drop the batter side-by-side in the pan instead of top of each other.


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About Author

Jacqueline Wilson is Ella's mom and a homeschooler. She loves cooking and creating with her daughter. She is the co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: Three Moms Talk About What Happens When "I Do" Becomes "Not Tonight". You can follow her on her personal Twitter account, WritRams and on Facebook as WritRams and Little Cooks Reading Books.

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