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Cute Tie Dye Cupcakes

by Samantha T. Jacobs
(East Moline, IL USA)

Cute Tie Dye Cupcakes

Bite out of cupcake to show inside!

Tie-dye Cupcakes

Recipe Makes 12 Icing Slathered Cupcakes

Description of the Cupcakes

I got inspiration to make tie dye cupcakes awhile ago when I bought some food coloring to make cupcakes and accidentally mixed the wrong colors. The way the colors mixed together ended up looking really cool, and I thought I should try doing it on a larger scale (and on purpose!) with cupcake batter. Thus, this recipe was born. It’s very simple to do and can be a lot of fun to experiment with different colors and flavors!

How I Made the Cupcakes

2 1/4 C flour
1 1/2 C sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 C Crisco
1 C milk
Food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Inside of Tie Dye Cupcake

The inside of one cupcake. C is for cute, and cupcake!

First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees; however, my oven tends to run a little colder so for most people 350 degrees is best. I then combined the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder) in one bowl and wet ingredients (Crisco, milk, vanilla, eggs) in another. I made sure to mix the wet ingredients very well, so that the egg was thoroughly beaten.

Then, I put the dry ingredients into my electric mixing bowl, and added the dry ingredients to it a little at a time while continually beating the mixture on a medium setting for about two minutes. You could also beat the mixture by hand, just make sure it is very well mixed (it can be hard to mix the Crisco by hand sometimes).


I then divided the batter into two different containers so that I could add the food coloring to them. I decided on doing light blue and orange because I thought they’d look neat next to each other. In one bowl I added about four drops of blue food coloring, making a light blue/teal color. In the other bowl I added five drops of yellow food coloring and two drops of red coloring to create the type of orange I wanted.

You can use whatever colors you want, I always have a lot of fun experimenting with food coloring to make funky colors! After the food coloring was completely mixed into both batters, I spooned the mixture into paper cupcake liners, alternating between the orange and blue batters and mixing them slightly with a toothpick to create the tie dye effect.


Two cupcakes, before and after frosting!

I then baked them for twenty five minutes. Check them after fifteen minutes and twenty minutes to make sure they are baking okay and adjust the cook time if needed. After they were done cooking, I let them cool entirely.

How I Made the Icing

1/2 C Crisco
2 tablespoons of milk or cream (I used cream)
1/2 C butter (it should be soft)
1 teaspoon Kool Aid, any flavor (I used orange!)
4 C powdered sugar (sifted, not packed)
Food coloring

Once again, I used my electric mixer for this one. Cream together the Crisco, cream (or milk, whichever you are using), and butter. Then, slowly add the powdered sugar in, a little bit at a time until it’s all mixed in. Finally, add the Kool Aid mix of your choice. If you want a stronger flavor, feel free to double the amount of Kool Aid used. After all the beating is done it was time to add the food coloring. I used a lot of drops of yellow and a couple of drops of red at a 6:1 ratio to create the shade of orange I wanted for the frosting. Finally, I frosted the cupcakes. I didn’t use any fancy tricks or tips, just slathered the delicious orange butter cream atop the tie dye cupcakes!

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