Apparently tie-dye cakes are all the rage right now. I’ve had a few over the years and have never really been impressed, they always taste like food coloring, not cake. I’ve never made them because of the flavor issue.
And then Mister Man turned 9 and saw a tie-dye cake mix at the store and decided that he HAD to have tie-dye cupcakes. Well, ok then, but I was not going to pay nearly $5 for a box of cake mix.
Follow the same directions below to make a cake, but use a cake pan :)
1 prepared yellow or white cake mix (homemade or boxed)
3 colors of food coloring (any kind*)
3 small bowls
Pour 1 scant cup of cake batter into each of the 3 bowls.
Add 5 drops (or gel equivalent) of each color to one of the bowls. The batter in the large mixing bowl should remained uncolored (you CAN color it if you want, but you don’t have to).
Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners (or grease your cake pan).
Into each cupcake liner drop the following (measurements do not have to be exact):
1 teaspoon color #1
1 teaspoon color #2
2 teaspoons plain batter
1 tsp color #3
Use a toothpick to gently swirl the colors.
Bake the cupcakes/cake according to directions.
*I used the less expensive food color drops in this recipe. I have professional tubs of gel coloring but those tend to taste bitter if you add to much. The drops are cheaper, can be used for more things, and do the job just fine in this recipe. Gel colors will produce more vibrant colors but the trade-off is a bitter flavor.