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How to Make Tye Dye Cupcakes
I originally posted this on a blog I was keeping, but since I've decided to shut it down, I thought I'd share it here.
My sister and I made these for my birthday a couple of years ago. I love pretty pastel colours so I was pretty content with the results.
This is a beginner friendly baking project that can be used to teach children how to mix colours. It makes for a cheerful activity on boring rainy days, too!
For you visual learners:
Things You'll Need
- Cupcake/Muffin Tin
- Food Colouring
- Whatever you need for your favorite cake mix (or just a a box of cake mix)
Step 1: Cake Mix and Colour
- First start by making your cake batter. This works best with white cake or a light coloured batter. If your batter has a yellow tint to it, it will tint your colours slightly as well. To avoid this, use a white cake mix and only use egg whites.
- Next, divide your batter into separate bowls--use as many bowls as you want colours.
- Add your food colouring! For bold colours, add lots of food dye. For pastel colours, just add a couple drops. Keep in mind that the colour will be lighter than the batter after it has baked. Have fun mixing your colours! This is the best part, next to eating them.
- Alternatively, you can go for a monochromatic look by using one dye colour and varying the amount of food colouring you put in each bowl.
Step 2: Pour!
- Once you're happy with your colours, pour the batter--one colour at a time--into the liners in the cupcake tin. Try to hit dead center when pouring, so the outside of the cupcake looks layered. The middle will look tye dye.
- Alternatively, if you pour two colours at the same time you will have half one colour, half the other colour, right down the center. (It helps to have a partner in this case)
Cupcake Icing Techniques
Step 3: Bake & Decorate!
- Pretty self-explanatory. Bake as you normally would, or follow the directions on the box.
- Let the cupcakes cool then decorate them however you please.
Stumped? Here are some decorations I find adorable!
- Pearl Sprinkles
- Gummy Bears/Worms
- Pulverized Fruit Loops
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Star Sprinkles and Confetti Hearts
- Edible Glitter
- Animal Sprinkles
- Candy Hearts
You can also ice your cupcakes and make or buy cute cupcake toppers for whatever theme you like. Check out this great Pinterest board, completely dedicated to downloadable cupcake toppers!
More Rainbow Recipes!
Here are some more rainbow food ideas that may be fun to try.