How To Make A Tie-Dye Cake - An Easy Psychedelic Pattern

How To Make A Tie-Dye Cake – An Easy Psychedelic Pattern

There are many techniques for how to make a tie-dye cake. Today, we will be playing with some cake batter to create a fun and uber-unique cake!

We have made a lot of unique cakes on this site, but this one is pure fun. You can use it on any occasion and it will be the life of the party! And, you’ll be shocked to find how easy it is to make!

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What Is A Tie-Dye Cake?

This is a broad term used to describe a very psychedelic pattern popular in the 60s and 70s. “Tie-dye is any bright and colorful pattern that doesn’t follow a specific shape. The colors blend together seamlessly that creating a mesmerizing effect.

For the more advanced bakers, you can use an airbrush to spray the colors onto the cake. Naturally, this technique requires a lot of practice and special equipment – time and money! So, we won’t be discussing this in-depth at this stage.

Why make a tie-dye cake?

Tie-dye cakes are fun! What other reason do you need? This cake can be used at any kids’ or adults’ birthday party and can easily be matched to many themes!

It is easy to make and doesn’t even take that much longer. And, if you cover the entire cake with white or black buttercream frosting (or fondant), once cut it will reveal a beautiful colorful cake crumb! It is guaranteed to “wow” your guests!

And, the idea of a tie-dye cake can also be used for specific color schemes. It doesn’t only have to apply to a rainbow pallet. You can use this effect to create a unicorn theme, superhero theme, mermaid theme, and dinosaur theme. Whatever you can think of, this fun technique will help elevate the creativity and uniqueness of the cake!

So, without further or do, let’s have a look at the best way how to make a tie-dye cake.

How do you make tie-dye patterns for cakes

What You Will Need How To Make A Tie-Dye Cake

Ingredients for the vanilla cake

  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Food coloring – red or pink, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple

Equipment

  • 2 x 8-inch round cake pans
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Cooking or baking spray (or melted butter)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric hand or stand mixer
  • 6-8 Small bowls (for mixing the color into the batter)
  • 6-8 Forks or spoons
  • Silicone or rubber spatula
  • Cooling rack

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Make the meringue base

To start, preheat the oven to 320ºF (160ºC). Line two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick baking paper on their bases. Then, spray the sides with non-stick baking spray or brush them with melted butter or oil.

To start your journey on how to make a tie-dye cake, first combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make sure that they are sifted. Then, set this aside.

Next, add the eggs into a bowl and beat them at high speed for roughly 30 seconds. Then, while the mixer is still running, add the sugar in 3 additions. Continue beating this mixture, ultimately creating a type of meringue. It should be white and have tripled in volume. This will take about 5-8 minutes.

Step 2: Heat the liquid ingredients

Meanwhile, combine the salted butter and milk in a heatproof bowl (or saucepan) and allow it to heat slightly. The butter should be melted. Do not allow the milk to boil and don’t make this mixture too far in advance. It shouldn’t be allowed to cool.

Step 3: Add the flour

While the liquid ingredients are heating and once the meringue is made, pour the flour mixture into the meringue in 3 additions. Beat for 5-10 seconds after each interval until the flour is just combined. Do not overmix.

Step 4: Add the liquid ingredients

While the melted butter and milk mixture is still hot, slowly add it to the egg and flour mixture along with the vanilla. Only add a thin stream so that the eggs don’t overheat and curdle. Use a low mixer speed for this to ensure you don’t lose any air.

Stop mixing once all of the butter-milk mixture has been added and you are left with a uniform cake batter.

Step 5: Add the food coloring

Equally, divide the cake batter into separate bowls. The number of bowls depends on the number of colors you want.

Then, make each bowl a different color by adding a few drops of coloring to each. Mix well to ensure you have no “pale” cake batter left peeking through.

Step 6: Pour and bake the cake

There are a couple of techniques you can use to create a tie-dye effect. We prefer simply pouring dollops of alternative colors into the cake pan. Then, use a toothpick and drag the colors around to help them bleed into each other. Imagine creating a type of wheel with spokes starting in the middle.

Once both your cake pans have been filled, simply bake the cake in your preheated oven for roughly 35-50 minutes. After 35 minutes, check the doneness of the cake.

Step 7: Cool and decorate the cake

Finally, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature. once removed from the pan, place it on a cake board or stand and start decorating as you’d like.

You can cover it with fondant, make a naked cake, or simply add a layer of buttercream frosting over the sides and top.

Expert Tips And Tricks On How To Make A Tie-Dye Cake

  • You don’t have to buy 8 different colors for this tutorial on how to make a tie-dye cake. You can buy the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and mix them into others that you’d need. Have a look at these tips for mixing primary colors.
  • Do not bake this cake at too high of a temperature. This will cause the colors to fade a lot and the top to burn. You want to showcase the colors, not have them muted.
  • The best type of food coloring to use is gel or powder. Neither will change the consistency of the batter. Gel food coloring is powerful and you only need to add a drop or two. The powdered food coloring will require more but is equally effective and not as messy.
  • Mix the colored batter into glass bowls or bowls you don’t care about staining. Food coloring stains anything and won’t come out under any circumstances.

Conclusion

As complicated as it may look, how to make a tie-dye cake is actually pretty easy! All you need is enough bowls and a little bit of patience. What also makes this type of cake great is that the effect will never be the same for each cake you make!

Let us kno0w how your tie-dye cake came out and if you would like more fun articles like this!

How To Make A Tie-Dye Cake - An Easy Psychedelic Pattern

There are many techniques for how to make a tie-dye cake. Today, we will be playing with some cake batter to create a fun and uber-unique cake! We have made a lot of unique cakes on this site, but this one is pure fun. You can use it on any occasion and it will be the life of the party! And, you'll be shocked to find how easy it is to make!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How do you airbrush a tie-dye effect?, How do you make tie-dye fondant icing?, How do you make tie-dye patterns for cakes?, How do you tie-dye icing?, how to make a tie-dye cake
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

  • 2 x 8-inch round cake pans
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Cooking or baking spray (or melted butter)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric hand or stand mixer
  • 6-8 Small bowls (for mixing the color into the batter)
  • 6-8 Forks or spoons
  • Silicone or rubber spatula
  • Cooling Rack

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Make the meringue base
    To start, preheat the oven to 320ºF (160ºC). Line two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick baking paper on their bases. Then, spray the sides with non-stick baking spray or brush them with melted butter or oil.
    To start your journey on how to make a tie-dye cake, first combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make sure that they are sifted. Then, set this aside.
    Next, add the eggs into a bowl and beat them at high speed for roughly 30 seconds. Then, while the mixer is still running, add the sugar in 3 additions. Continue beating this mixture, ultimately creating a type of meringue. It should be white and have tripled in volume. This will take about 5-8 minutes.
    2 cups cake flour, sifted, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, Pinch of salt, 4 large eggs, room temperature, 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • Heat the liquid ingredients
    Meanwhile, combine the salted butter and milk in a heatproof bowl (or saucepan) and allow it to heat slightly. The butter should be melted. Do not allow the milk to boil and don't make this mixture too far in advance. It shouldn't be allowed to cool.
    1/2 cup salted butter, softened at room temperature, 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • Add the flour
    While the liquid ingredients are heating and once the meringue is made, pour the flour mixture into the meringue in 3 additions. Beat for 5-10 seconds after each interval until the flour is just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Add the liquid ingredients
    While the melted butter and milk mixture is still hot, slowly add it to the egg and flour mixture along with the vanilla. Only add a thin stream so that the eggs don't overheat and curdle. Use a low mixer speed for this to ensure you don't lose any air.
    Stop mixing once all of the butter-milk mixture has been added and you are left with a uniform cake batter.
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add the food coloring
    Equally, divide the cake batter into separate bowls. The number of bowls depends on the number of colors you want.
    Then, make each bowl a different color by adding a few drops of coloring to each. Mix well to ensure you have no "pale" cake batter left peeking through.
    Food coloring - red or pink,blue, green, yellow, orange, purple
  • Pour and bake the cake
    There are a couple of techniques you can use to create a tie-dye effect. We prefer simply pouring dollops of alternative colors into the cake pan. Then, use a toothpick and drag the colors around to help them bleed into each other. Imagine creating a type of wheel with spokes starting in the middle.
    Once both your cake pans have been filled, simply bake the cake in your preheated oven for roughly 35-50 minutes. After 35 minutes, check the doneness of the cake.
  • Cool and decorate the cake
    Finally, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature. once removed from the pan, place it on a cake board or stand and start decorating as you'd like.
    You can cover it with fondant, make a naked cake, or simply add a layer of buttercream frosting over the sides and top.
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FAQs

How do you tie-dye icing?

You can use the same method for frostings and icing that we have explained for the cake batter. Divide the icing into different bowls (according to the number of colors that you want). Then, color each bowl with a different color, making sure they are well mixed. then, if it is a thick frosting, you can pipe and blend it out with a pallet knife. Otherwise, simply pour the varying colors over.

How do you make tie-dye patterns for cakes?

It depends mostly on the method you use, and even then the pattern will be different every time. That's what makes tie-dye so great! We like to simply pour varying batter colors into the cake pan. Then, using a. toothpick, from the center, pull out towards the sides, like spokes of a bicycle. This blends and mixes the color to create a random pattern.

How do you make tie-dye fondant icing?

You will first need to create different colors of fondant balls. Then, roll each into a log. Bunch the log together and twist the logs together into a spiral. Then, fold it over itself and press it together again. Shape the fondant into a log again, twist, and fold it over itself. You can repeat this one more time before rolling out the fondant and covering your cake.

How do you airbrush a tie-dye effect?

The process is very difficult and we would recommend reading an in-depth tutorial or video. The best technique to use is to create star-shaped patterns across the cake area, starting with a light color in the center and moving towards darker colors on the outside. You can create multiple starts until they overlap.

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