Easy Tie-Dyed Cupcakes with Food Coloring Recipe

My husband has a small stash of tie-dyed shirts in his closet. He mostly just wears them to bed, or on the weekend – but he really loves them! So as a special treat for him this year, I figured out how to make him cupcakes – with a tie-dyed theme!

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Let’s make tie-dyed cupcakes with food coloring for snacks!

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These tie-dyed cupcakes came out totally colorful and delicious. I just had to pass on the recipe!

I’m also making a mental note to pull this recipe out again when my daughter is a bit older. It would be a super homeschooling lesson on what primary colors, make other colors when mixed!

Plus, it’s totally yummy- and totally groovy! Why do I suddenly have the song “Age of Aquarius” in my head? Happy baking y’all!

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Simple ingredients to make those tie-dyed cupcakes!

tie dyed cupcake INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • Vegetable oil
  • A box of food coloring
  • Frosting (if you desire)

directions to make tie dyed cupcakes

Step 1

Prepare a box of cake mix as directed. Then, substitute the three eggs it calls for with 4 egg whites instead. (This is to keep the mix very white. If it turns yellow because you use whole eggs, keep in mind that when you add food coloring, they will be mixed into different colors. Thus blue food coloring will make a green cake, and so on.)

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Divide the cake mix equally and separate them into 4 containers.

Step 2

Once the cake mix is ready, separate it into 4 bowls or mugs.

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Different colors add more presentations to them!

Step 3

Add different colored food coloring to each. Stir well. Keep adding color until you get the vibrancy of color you desire.

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Time to mix those colors on each cupcake liner!

Step 4

Put cupcake liners in the cupcake tin. Each liner will hold about 5 spoonfuls of cupcake mix. Take turns putting a spoon of each color into each liner. It doesn’t need to be neat – in fact, the more haphazardly you do this the better!

Step 5

Once every liner has every color in it, you can mix the remaining cake mix into another color. I mixed the leftover red and blue- and made purple to top cupcake liners off with.

Step 6

Take a toothpick and swirl the colors on top for a pretty tie-dyed marbling effect on your cupcakes. It won’t mix the colors underneath much. But it does make the top very pretty. An especially important step if you choose not to frost the cupcakes.

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And the cupcake liner will appear to tie-dyed as well!

Step 7

Bake for 15-20 minutes under 350 F temperature, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Yield: 1 dozen

Easy Tie Dyed Cupcakes with Food Coloring Recipe

Each cupcake has a simple white cake mix, but adding colors to them will surely make it more appetizing and will add more fun while making these cupcakes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • Vegatable oil
  • A box of food coloring
  • Frosting (if you desire)

Instructions

  1. Prepare a box of cake mix as directed. Then, substitute the three eggs it calls for with 4 egg whites instead. (This is to keep the mix very white. If it turns yellow because you use whole eggs, keep in mind that when you add food coloring, they will be mixing into yellow. Thus blue food coloring will make a green cake, and so on.)
  2. Once the cake mix is ready, separate it into 4 bowls or mugs.
  3. Add different colored food coloring to each. Stir well. Keep adding color until you get the vibrancy of color you desire.
  4. Put cupcake liners in the cupcake tin. Each liner will hold about 5 spoonfuls of cupcake mix. Take turns putting a spoon of each color into each liner. It doesn’t need to be neat – in fact, the more haphazardly you do this the better!
  5. Once every liner has every color in it, you can mix the remaining cake mix into another color. I mixed the leftover red and blue- and made purple to top cupcake liners off with.
  6. Take a toothpick and swirl the colors on top for a pretty tie-dyed marbling effect on your cupcakes. It won’t mix the colors underneath much. But it does make the top very pretty. An especially important step if you choose not to frost the cupcakes.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes under 350 F temperature, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Have you made this easy tie-dyed cupcake recipe? I’d love to know how it goes! Feel free to post a link to your cupcakes below, or on my main blog!

2 Comments

  1. Beautiful cupcakes! I love the idea and I can see using it in so many ways. Swirl team colors together for a great after game snack. Or swirl pink and purple together for a little girl birthday party. Fun!

  2. HappyCampers says:

    So cute!

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