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January 21, 2012

Tie Dyed Cupcakes, Part 1

The other day on Facebook, Kris, of JustKris fame, posted a photo of professionally made cupcakes with beautiful tie dyed frosting.  My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree.  That's when I decided I HAD to find out how to make them.  A simple Google search of 'tie dyed cupcakes' yielded easy instructions, so I went out the next day to purchase everything I'd need to make them.  

Start off with any white or yellow cake mix.  I used white cake.  Make the batter according to the directions on the box.

Line the muffin tin with paper cups

Divide the batter evenly into 6 bowls (one for each colour).

Use liquid food colouring for the batter dying.

Mix the colours per your taste; I used 30 drops of dye per bowl to start out for the red, yellow, green & blue, then added more as needed.  For the orange and purple, I started somewhat conservatively with the dyes and then kept adding to achieve the desired shade.  

I started by layering with the purple at the bottom, and building up in the colours of the rainbow with red on top. I knew I overfilled the first cup.  

After doing 2 with rainbow layers, I started getting a little more creative with them.  This cupcake is only red, orange and yellow.

Then I used a toothpick to swirl it a little.  Don't mix too much or else the colours will run into each other.

Here's a swirly one that's only using blue, green and purple.

With my last bits of batter, I made one that had all 6 colours done in 3 layers.  This is the bottom layer.

And the top.

Ready to go in the oven!!

Cooking away.

A little overflow never hurt anyone.  ;-D

Side view to show the layering effect.

The squeeze isn't much into sweets, especially not icing, so he asked me to save a couple un-iced ones for him.  I was tickled to see that the tie dye effect carried through to the paper! 

Waiting patiently for icing.


  1. Okay okay - you got me there...

    Never in a century of centuries could I have imagined tie dyed cupcakes. They look brilliant - and bet they tasted brilliant too.

    Brilliant stuff!


  2. OMG! This takes some getting used to...

    During my first week in the US, my host sister asked me what my favorite color was. I said blue. That night, I got blue pancakes.... :)

  3. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it!

  4. Stay tuned for Part 2, the Icing Extravaganza! :D

  5. i definitely have to do this with my granddaughter, Lili! She will freak out. :)

  6. Too pretty to eat!