How to Make a Tie-Dye Cake

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  • March 17, 2015
Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

In the housewares world, March is the time of year when those of us who live and breathe this business get to attend the International Home and Housewares Show held in Chicago. I will be doing a post coming up to showcase my finds from this year’s show, but I did discover one creative item that I had to highlight for those who love to bake.

Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes, from Charm City Cakes was showing his baking tools and equipment at the show. I was fortunate to be able to bring home one of his colorful mixes – perfect timing as I was having a very special guest for the week to bake with. (

The cake mix, like all mixes, required the addition of a just a few simple ingredients: egg whites, oil and water. The fun part comes once you have mixed everything together.

 Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

The next steps are a little time consuming but so worth it in the end. You will need six small bowls to hold about 2 cups of batter each. The box comes with three food coloring packets that you will use to color each ring of the cake. The directions given on the box are very easy to follow on how to create the various colors.

 Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

Once you have finished the individual colors, you will need to put the two cake pans on a level surface before pouring each color in. I would suggest you use parchment paper and/or spray the pans, especially the bottom, really well to make sure the cake comes out cleanly.

You will begin by pouring the first color in the center of the pan allowing it to spread out naturally in a circle. Once this step is done,  you can then finish pouring each additional color in waiting for the batter to settle before adding the next color.

 Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

In pan 2, you will want to do the reverse color pattern that you did in pan 1. This will help the cake turn out like a color block pattern.

 Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

Put the cakes in the oven and bake till done. Cool before removing from pan.

 Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

Time for the frosting. I would suggest a light frosting as the cake has a nice flavor all its own. Somewhat reminds me of an Angel Food Cake in flavor and lightness. We put a thin layer of frosting between the two layers of cake to showcase the pattern that is created with the different colors.

 Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

If you want to surprise someone, this is the perfect cake to do it with. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary white cake. Until you make that first slice and the colors pop out! Such a great reaction from anyone who has seen it! I’d suggest making this cake for birthdays, wedding or bridal showers, anniversaries, Easter, and so many other times you want a memorable and festive dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. (Charm City Cakes Duff Goldman Spring Fling Premium Cake Mix, 18.25 Oz)


Happy Baking!







  • What a beautiful cake! I can see where it would be time consuming because you have to add each color individually vs a typical mix and dump cake. BUT the results are beautiful! I would love a cake like this! I need to try it for a special occassion!

  • Shirley Wood says:

    Good things take a little extra effort! This cake is so pretty, perfect for Easter or a birthday party too! The Home and Housewares Show sounds like my kind of event! We have a Home & Garden Show in our area which we enjoy attending each year.

  • Paula Schuck says:

    How fun! I wouldn’t even mind the extra time it would take to mix up each color individually. I mean, it doesn’t seem like it would add much more than 5 minutes to the entire procedure, and the results are so worth it! Thanks for the heads up on this!

  • Tee says:

    One of my daughter’s friends had a tie dye looking cake similar to this one for her birthday and all the kids loved it. It’s so fun and unexpected to bite into a rainbow colored cake. Love it.

  • dee says:

    This is just beautiful I love how the colors are so bright and inviting! This will be a hit a little kids birthday party or someone who loves rainbows in colors in their cakes/cupcakes.

  • Michelle says:

    I have never seen a tie-dye cake but I absolutely love how it looks. I’m sure this would be very popular at any get-together or party. Thank you for the great instructions on how to make one. I would love to make one for my fathers birthday next month.

  • Aww.. This cake is lovely to look at. I don’t know if I’m going to eat it or just put it on display. But kids would love to eat this, I’m sure of that. Thank you for sharing this, I might try this in the future. 🙂

  • Sometimes time consuming foods are well worth all the time you poured into it. It definitely looks like that is the case here, as that is one super cool cake! This would be so fun for a kids party where they had no idea what kind of cake was awaiting them under all the frosting.

  • Emily says:

    That cake turned out so well. I can’t believe it stayed in such perfect circles. the outcome is amazing. My kids would love a cake like this.

  • Britni says:

    This looks like such a fun cake. My kids would love a colorful cake like this for their birthdays. I am impressed with how well the different colors stayed separated. I will have to look for them next time I am at the store!

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