Are you ready to bring some psychedelic fun to your next party? Look no further than this easy tie dye cake. This colorful dessert tastes every bit as good as it looks!
I’ve gotten so much love for my recently posted tie dye cupcakes, that I just had to give you all this tie dye cake as well. Who knew you were such tie dye fans?!
This tie dye cake is:
- Colorful. (Duh.)
- A fun family friendly recipe!
- Super easy to make.
- Great summer time dessert.
So what are you waiting for? Let's make this groovy cake!
How to Make a Tie Dye Cake
First things first, don't let all those colors intimidate you. Making a tie dye cake is actually quite simple. It’s really just a basic cake recipe with a couple extra steps!
Start off by mixing up your cake batter. I used a pretty simple vanilla cake recipe (full details below), but you can also make this with a boxed cake mix if you prefer.
Divide the cake batter into separate bowls, one for each color that you want to incorporate in your cake. I used six colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix until you achieve your desired color.
Now get two 8” cake pans (so we can have two layers to the cake), and gently pour half of each colored batter into each cake pan. Use a toothpick to gently swirl the colors together to get your tie dye look.
Then bake and frost the cake as usual, and top with some colorful sprinkles! I used a homemade buttercream frosting, which is in the recipe card below.
Tips & Variations
One thing to keep in mind when making this colorful cake recipe from scratch is that the colors can easily blend together if you're not careful. Then you’ll have a less delightful brown cake. To avoid this, use a toothpick or knife to gently swirl the colors together in your pan, being careful not to overmix. You want to see distinct colors in your finished cake, not a muddy mess.
Experiment with colors.
Build your own color combinations for a truly unique tie dye cake. Try using pastel colors for a more subtle look, or go all out with bright neon colors. Have fun!
If you're feeling extra creative, try using different cake flavors for each color. For example, use strawberry cake mix for pink batter, lemon cake mix for yellow batter, and so on.
Natural Food Colorings.
Don't have food coloring on hand or don’t like to cook with them? No problem! You can achieve similar results with natural food dyes like beet juice, turmeric, or matcha powder.
Want to make your tie dye cake even more festive? Consider adding some fun mix-ins like chocolate chips, sprinkles, or even pieces of fruit (like strawberries).
Make cupcakes instead.
Don't have a cake pan? No worries! You can make tie dye cupcakes or even a tie dye bundt cake using the same technique.
There you have it - everything you need to know to make a showstopping tie dye cake. Whether you're hosting a birthday party, baby shower, or just looking for a fun baking project, this dessert is sure to impress. Now, get your apron on and let's get baking!
More Tasty Treats
If you love this tie dye cake, be sure to check out these other delicious ideas:
Tie Dye Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 F, grease two 8” cake pans and set aside
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition
- Stir in the vanilla extract
- Add half the flour mixture, followed by half the buttermilk and repeat until all the flour and buttermilk has been used
- Evenly divide the batter into 6 bowls, and dye each a different color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
- Add half of each of the colors to each pan, then swirl gently with a toothpick
- Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing from pan onto a wire rack and cooling completely
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the butter and beat on high until light and fluffy, add the powdered sugar 1.5-2 cups at a time, and beat well after each
- Add the cream and vanilla and beat again until light and fluffy
- Remove 2-3 cups of frosting and divide into 6 bowls, dye each bowl a different color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
- Level the cakes, crumble the domed part to use later
- Frost the cooled and leveled cake with white, then add rainbow swirls
- Drag a toothpick through it to create the tie dye effect
- Create a white border along the top and add rainbow sprinkles, then press some reserved crumbs onto the bottom edge of the cake
- Serve and enjoy!