How To Tie Dye Cake a slice of cake with different colored layers
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Tie Dye Cake

Making this beautiful tie dye cake recipe is so much easier than you think. Also, it's easily adapted to make a tie dye sheet cake or even tie dye cupcakes. Finish it off with the icing of your choice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Total Time41 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 pieces
Calories: 240kcal


  • 1 Box vanilla cake mix + ingredients to make it (from the box)
  • Gel food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350°F for metal and glass pan(s) or 325°F for dark or coated pan(s). Grease sides and bottom of pan(s) and flour lightly. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients from the box cake mix. BE SURE TO USE ONLY EGG WHITES SO THAT THE MIX STAYS WHITE INSTEAD OF YELLOW.
  • Divide the cake batter into as many bowls as you want colors.
  • Drop 1-2 drops of gel food coloring into each different bowl. Mix each bowl until the desired color is achieved for each bowl.
  • In the cake pan, scoop ¼ cup cake mix batter (first color) and pour into pan. This will be your "base color." (If you are using a long pan, place two round scoops, so there are two round scoops side-by-side.)
    Tie Dye Cake
  • Drop the next color in a ¼ cup scoop on top of the base color. Repeat process with all colors, pouring them on top of each other, until the cake mix is gone.
  • Bake cake according to package directions. Add 3-5 minutes to bake time for dark or coated pan(s). Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle is clean. Cool completely before assembling and icing.


If you want a more camouflage cake or swirl cake, drop the batter side-by-side in the pan instead of top of each other.
  • Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.