Today’s muse is a little something I whipped up myself, tie-dye cupcakes! A lot of people loved these when I posted them on Twitter (@KCbakes), so I thought I’d make a tutorial.
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix (& ingredients it calls for)
- Food dye (I used Wilton’s gel colors)
- # small bowls for the amount of colors you’ll have (I made 8 colors)
- One spoon for each small bowl
- Prepare the cake mix as instructed on the box.
- Divide the batter equally between the small bowls.
- Use a toothpick and put a small amount of the gel color into the batter. Note: Gel food dye is very concentrated, so start off light… a little bit goes a long way. Remember, you can always add more coloring, but you can’t subtract it.
- Tip: if using colored bowls like we did, don’t use the same color bowl for the same color dye (i.e. yellow bowl for yellow batter); its very tough to tell if you’ve mixed the batter thoroughly, or if the batter is reflecting the color of the bowl.
- After you’ve mixed all of your colors… fill up those cupcake pans! A scoop of blue, a scoop of pink… there’s no rhyme or reason to it. In fact, the more random your color pattern, the better! Be sure to only fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full to avoid them spilling over.
- Bake cupcakes according to directions on the cake mix.
- Since there’s so many colors in the batter already, pair your cupcakes with a beautiful white frosting.
These cupcakes were so fun to make… I can’t wait until I have a reason to bake them again!