Tie-Dye Cupcakes


These cupcakes were way easier to make than I was anticipating! This isn’t really a recipe, it’s more of a how-to. You can use whatever cupcake recipe you want, and you can use whatever icing recipe you want as long as its good for decorating.

We used Pillsbury White Cake Mix and Pillsbury Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting. It’s easier to purchase 6 containers of icing for the food coloring process.

You’ll also need:

  • Food coloring, For tie-dye Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple
  • Piping bag and decorating tip
  • Saran Wrap

I wanted pastel colors so we used VERY LITTLE amounts of each color. We mixed each color in the icing container so it was easy, and easier to store the extras or between batches. For the Cupcakes we separated 3 boxes worth of mix into 6 containers and dyed them as well.


Next we filled the cupcake wrappers with each color. This was super time consuming so get a few cupcake pans so you can knock them all out at once. We filled the cupcake wrappers 2/3 of the way. Baking time was right in line with what the Pillsbury box said for cupcakes.




Once the cupcakes are done, let them sit for at least 1-2 hours to cool. The cooler the cupcake the easier to decorate!

For the icing lay out a double layer of saran wrap. Most of the instructions I saw for rainbow icing they piped the icing onto the saran wrap. Don’t waste your time. Simply put the icing on the saran wrap one after the other in whatever pattern you want. Once all laid out, roll the saran up. Cut one end  (not right up to the icing) and then slide it into your piping bag with the decorating tip of your choice. Make sure you hold the top of the bag tight. It’s a lot of icing in the bag and likes to squeeze out the top if you have a lot.


Even if your icing lines aren’t perfection, the outcome is still pretty neat. It all runs together in the bag regardless of your lines or pattern.



The cupcakes were better than I expected. I had no idea something so sweet would be so easy to make!







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