4th of July Tie-Dye Cake (and Cupcakes)

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How to make festive, colorful tie-dye homemade vanilla cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. These are always, always a huge hit!

Tie-Dye Cakes, Rainbow Cakes, Swirly Color Cakes, whatever you want to call them… I love them all! And they are super easy to make, too. Dazzle your guests with this colorful dessert on any occasion.

Let me show you the cake and also walk you through the steps. Make your 1-layer sprinkle cake batter (leave out the sprinkles in the batter).

Divide the batter into three different bowls. Drop food coloring of choice into each bowl. The white batter has no food coloring. Drop spoonfuls of batter into baking pan. It doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty. Bake the cake. Frost the cake. Sprinkle the cake. Cut the cake. Look at the pretty colors!


How to make festive, colorful tie-dye homemade vanilla cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. These are always, always a huge hit!



    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease one 9-inch round cake pan (or 9-inch springform pan), line with a parchment paper round, then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the cakes seamlessly release from the pans. (If it’s helpful, see this parchment paper rounds for cakes video & post.)
    2. Make the cake batter according to my directions (see link in the ingredient list). Divide the white batter into three separate bowls. Grab your food coloring and dye your batters any color you choose. I used 10 drops of red, 10 drops of blue, and left the third bowl plain. Place a separate spoon in each bowl. Scoop large spoonfuls of each batter and layer them into prepared baking pan. It does not have to be pretty. The colors will create a tie-dye effect. See photo above for how my cake looked prior to baking.
    3. Bake for 20 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil (loosely to avoid the top from sticking to the foil). Bake for 13-17 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
    4. Make the frosting according to my directions (see link for frosting in ingredient list). Frost cooled cake and decorate as desired. Cake stays fresh covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5 day


  1. Special Tools (affiliate links): 9-inch Round Cake Pan | Glass Mixing Bowls | Gel Food Coloring
  2. Layer Cake: You could: (1) Bake the cake as indicated and slice the cake horizontally to create two layers. Double the frosting if desired. (2) Double the cake recipe and bake in two separate 9-inch cake pans for 1 extra tall layer cake. Double the frosting recipe as well.

I know what you’re thinking. Can I do this with cupcakes?

Make the batter for very vanilla cupcakes. Divide the batter into three bowls. Use a few drops of food coloring to dye your batters. Layer the batter into the cupcake liners and bake. Frost with my vanilla frosting. That’s it!


Source: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/how-to-make-a-tie-dye-cake/

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