Are you craving a brightly colored cupcake? Give this tie dye cupcake recipe a try. This is a homemade cupcake that is swirls of green, purple, red, and more. This tie dye dessert is one you have to try for yourself for a birthday bash, summer dessert, or any other occasion.
These colorful cupcakes are one that will make a splash with your family or friends. I made a simple buttercream frosting that is swirled with colors as well to top your cupcakes.
These Tie Dye Cupcakes Are...
- Made from scratch
- Homemade buttercream frosting
- Brightly Colored
- Tie Dye Dessert
How to Make Tie Dye Cupcakes
Full steps on how to make this tie dye cupcake recipe are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is a quick walk through on how to make them.
- Preheat your oven and then line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- Then add your dry ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Next in a bowl whisk your butter and sugar.
- Then slowly add in the eggs and vanilla and mix to combine.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture, and work to incorporate.
- Separate batter and add different coloring to each bowl.
- Spoon into cupcake liners, swirling the colors.
- Bake and then allow the cupcakes to cool.
- Once cupcakes are fully cooled, whip up the buttercream frosting.
- Divide the frosting and color it with 5 different colors.
- Add frosting to piping bag, and scoop each color into the cupcakes.
- Pipe and then top with sprinkles.
Helpful Tips For Making Tie Dye Cupcakes
Colors of Cake Batter
When you add in the cake batter, add dollops of each color into the muffin tin. Then you will use a toothpick to lightly swirl the colors. If you mix too much it will blend all the colors together.
By adding different colors of frosting into a piping bag, when you go to pipe it, different colors will come out as you pipe. It will offer a tie-dyed look. You can also buy a tri-tip coupler for multiple frosting colors.
Variations to Tie Dye Cupcakes
You are welcome to use any frosting you would like. You could leave the frosting off, or change up to any flavor of frosting you would like. You can make homemade frosting or buy frosting.
Store Bought Cake Mix
Instead of making homemade cake you can make a boxed cake mix for speeding up the prep of these cupcakes. Feel free to change it to any flavor. Even a funfetti cake would be delicious.
Tie Dye Cupcake FAQs
What is the secret to good cupcakes?
Making sure to measure your ingredients properly is very important. Then make sure to bake accordingly. Making sure to not overbake the cupcakes is another factor.
What's the difference between cake and cupcake?
Cakes and cupcakes are the size of the cake. You will use the same batter for a cake or cupcake. Then cupcakes have more frosting than a cake.
How to store the cupcakes?
You can store your cupcakes at room temperature for 1-3 days, or opt to refrigerate to extend the shelf life of the cupcakes. The cupcakes can store for up to 5-7 days in the fridge.
Can you freeze cupcakes?
Yes. You can freeze these cupcakes for up to 3 months in a freezer friendly container. Then thaw on the counter or in the fridge overnight.
Tie Dye Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
For the frosting:
- 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Food coloring red, green, blue, yellow
- Sprinkles optional
For the cupcakes:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, line a cupcake pan with 12 liners; set aside
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar until smooth
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well
- Add in half the flour mixture, followed by half the milk and repeat until all the flour and milk has been added, mixing well after each addition
- Divide the batter evenly between four bowls, and use food coloring to make each a different color
- Add a spoonful of each color to each of the cupcake liners, and use a toothpick to gently swirl the batter
- Bake in preheated oven for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
For the frosting:
- In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy; about 3-5 minutes
- Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition
- Add the milk and mix well
- Divide the frosting into 5 bowls,
- Leave one white while you tint the others with food coloring
- Fill a piping bag with a scoop of each color
- Then pipe on top of cooled cupcakes
- Add sprinkles if desired