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How to Make Brilliant Tie-Dye Cupcakes! Yum!

Updated on October 24, 2012
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These are a huge hit with kids (and the grown-ups). First they see the tie-dyed frosting and then they peel the cupcake wrapper and to find the ENTIRE cupcake is tie-dyed! Instantly add awesomeness to your mommy or daddy baking “street cred”. In my house, daddy stays far-far away from most anything resembling cooking. But I know of some pretty awesome daddy-o cooks (my own dad is one heck of a baker) so for all the moms and dads that feel inclined…. Here’s a great recipe to try out! Pssssttt…. it’s easy too!

Note: I only used 1 box for 24 cupcakes and I didn’t think they came out “fluffy” enough. Therefore, I am recommending two boxes and changing the yield by about half of what the box states. If you needed 12 cupcakes, you can use 1 box and 2 containers of frosting… just an FYI!


  • 2 boxes WHITE Cake Mix*, any kind
  • 4 cannisters WHITE Frosting, any kind
  • 1 multipack Food Coloring Dyes, I prefer Wilton gels - but any kind
  • 1 box Quart or Gallon sized Ziploc bags
  • Cupcake Pans
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Frosting/Pastry Bag, 12 or 16 inch
  • Frosting Tip and Coupler, 2D tip
  • *other ingredients listed on box, eggs, water, oil, etc
Batter in Bags
Batter in Bags | Source
Ready to Bake
Ready to Bake | Source
Bags of Colored Icing
Bags of Colored Icing | Source
Frosted Cupcakes
Frosted Cupcakes | Source
The inside of a yummy cupcake!
The inside of a yummy cupcake! | Source

Cupcake & Frosting Instructions

  1. Prepare your cupcake mix in a large bowl according to the box’s instructions. Don’t forget to preheat your oven.
  2. Once you have your mixture ready you are going to divide it evenly between 6 Ziploc bags. (You can also use bowls but I found bags are much easier.) Divide the white cupcake batter evenly by the ½ cupful between your six Ziploc bags until batter is completely and evenly distributed.
  3. Then, using your food coloring, mix the coloring into each bag, a different color for each. I used the following: blue, red/pink, purple, yellow, orange and green. Move the air out of the bag and seal completely before squishing your bag to mix the color. Mix your color evenly in the bags.
  4. Prepare your cupcake pans with liners so they are ready to be filled.
  5. Carefully snipping a small but not tiny hole into one corner of the zip lock bag, add a blob of each color to each cupcake liner, layering the colored blobs. You will only fill each liner about 2/3 full so do not put too much of each color in at a time. I would take one color and add it to each liner, put it down, pick up my next color, add it to each liner, and repeat until I used all six colors and my liners were about 2/3 full. Note: Do NOT swirl or mix the colors. Just layer them a bit. They will swirl as they bake.
  6. Bake according to the directions on the box. Cool completely on a rack before frosting.
  7. Similar to what you did with the batter, evenly divide your frosting into 6 bags. Then, using the same colors as you did before, add the food dye to each bag and seal and squish the dye to mix it.
  8. Connect your frosting tip to your bag and coupler. Find a tall heavy bottomed glass or vase that isn’t too wide and stand your frosting bag in it and fold the edges over the top.
  9. Again, carefully snip a bag, then squeeze the colored frosting in as much of a “line” as you can manage along the edge of the bag. Pick-up your next bag, snip the tip and repeat, making colored stripes along the sides of the bag. You should be able to stripe 4 sides of the bag. Squeeze your last 2 colors to fill the center “hole” in the bag. Try to work quickly as the frosting does move with gravity.
  10. Grab the top of you frosting bag and twist it so you have a nice firm pressure against the frosting inside the bag. You are now ready to frost!
  11. Working from the outside perimeter to the center, pipe a swirl of colored frosting onto each cupcake. Repeat for all cupcakes. If you run out of frosting. Refill your bag in the same manner of colored stripes.

Holiday / Event Modification

Whether it’s your child’s favorite colors, a bridal shower, the Fourth of July, or the colors of the Irish flag for Saint Patty’s Day - the sky’s the limit to the fun you can have with the colors you mix to fit your event. For white, just leave that part of the batter/frosting in a bag without any dye in it.

Enjoy your clever creations and leave your guests wondering at your culinary genius! SWEET!


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      My2GreenBeans 5 years ago from Tennessee

      CYCLINGFITNESS - my first PIN!!! YAY!!! LOL. I'm a huge fan of Pinterest myself! I really need to write more Hubs! Sadly I find myself lacking in time. I hope they turn out great - kids go crazy for these and even though they are only "vanilla" - they will swear up and down they are the best tasting cupcakes!! So cute!

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      These look amazing. So good i've pinned one to my Pinterest wall. I'm thinking doing some soccer colour themed ones myself

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      My2GreenBeans 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Paul Edmondson - I had not noticed that! Thanks for the tip!!

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      make it your own 5 years ago

      These are SO beautiful! Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea!!

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      Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Awesome Hub. Not sure you noticed, but you can add the rating capsule and it will show up in the search results with the star rating.

      Really loved how creative the cupcakes look!