Tired of your average bake sale chocolate chip cookies, basic brownies, or plain 'ol cupcakes? My solution: Tie-Dye Cupcakes. 

I used to make these cupcakes for school functions and bake sales, and the bright, enticing colors of the cupcakes made them an instant bestseller. I created this recipe by toying around with food coloring because I was bored by the dullness of the plain vanilla cupcake. Next time you're looking to shake it up in the kitchen, give these tie-dye cupcakes a try. 

Tie-Dye Cupcakes

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:35 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Easy


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Food coloring
  • 1 store-bought jar or 8oz homemade vanilla frosting
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
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  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350° F and whisk the dry ingredients together.

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  • Step 2

    Next, add your butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Blend until there are no lumps.

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  • Step 3

    Distribute the batter among four separate bowls, dropping a few drops of different food coloring to each. Stir until each portion is fully colored.

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  • Step 4

    Dollop one colored portion at a time into your muffin tin in any order you like. Be sure not to mix the colors together, but layer them on top of one another. Once all of the tins are filled, bake them at 350°F for 15 minutes.

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  • Step 5

    Let them fully cool before adding frosting and sprinkles.

    #SpoonTip: Fill a plastic sealable bag with icing and cut a small slit in the the corner for pro-piping.

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  • Step 6

    Instagram this batch of cupcakes because, wow, aren't they gorgeous?

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