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Tie-Dye Cake with Blue Raspberry Frosting

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Swirls of colors plus a blue raspberry frosting make everyone smile when they see this cake!

This recipe is dedicated to my nephew Marshal, who informed me a few weeks ago that today, October 10, 2012 is an important day:  it marks the 2 year anniversary of the release of  “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” TV show.

Confused?  I was!  Apparently this show, targeted toward young girls, has gained a cult following among teenage boys– they call themselves “Bronies”…I guess Bro+ponies= Bronies.  Um…yeah. Learned all of that on Wikipedia… SO Marshal was telling me that he and his friends wanted to make a rainbow cake (for the pony “Rainbow Dash”, of course) to celebrate the day.  The thought of making 6 layers of cake in different colors sounded exhausting, so instead I made 6 colors and just dumped them on top of each other in the same pan.  I love how it turned out!

Here’s how it was made:

INGREDIENTS: (printer friendly recipe)

  • One boxed white cake mix, plus eggs, water and oil to make it according to the box.
  • Icing colors in Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Orange and Yellow.
  • One stick (4 oz.) salted butter at room temp.
  • One stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry flavoring


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cake mix according to box (or make your own favorite white cake recipe!)
  • Grease 2- 9 inch cake pans and place a circle of parchment paper in the bottom of each.
  • Evenly divide batter into 6 bowls (about 1 cup of batter in each)
  • Add icing color gels to color each bowl of batter.
  • Pour 1/2 of the purple batter in the center of one pan.
  • Pour 1/2 of the blue batter into the center of the purple batter (adding the blue will push the purple toward the edges).
  • Continue to pour 1/2 of each color batter into the center using green, yellow, orange and red in that order.
  • In second pan do the same but in the reverse order, starting with the red 1st.
  • Bake at 350 according to package (mine took about 25 minutes)
  • Remove from oven and cool.  Tip over onto a wire cake rack to finish cooling.
  • Make frosting by adding butters, powdered sugar, raspberry flavor and a little blue icing gel color together and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Level off the tops of each cake layer and place one layer, cut side up on a serving plate.  Frost the top of this layer.
  • Place the second layer, cut side down on top and frost entire cake.
  • Sprinkle with rainbow sugar or decorate as desired.


My thoughts:  Although this cake was created with Marshal’s celebration in mind, it would be such a fun and colorful addition to any party!!!  Lets hear it for tie-dye rainbow cake!!!!!  Thanks for the idea Marshal!!!

About Ruthanne

Ruthanne is a scientist with a passion for baking and food photography. Using her kitchen as a lab, she loves experimenting with a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique, fun and ultimately tasty delights! Thus she created EasyBaked, a website where sugar and chocolate overflow in fun and easy recipes. Her Motto: Money can’t buy happiness -- but it can buy marshmallows, and that’s nearly the same thing!

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  1. That looks gorgeous. Thanks for the idea

  2. I am going to make this for my 22-year-old daughter’s birthday this Sunday. She will LOVE it!! Thanks!!

  3. This is MOST AWESOME! Thank you for sharing. I have to make it sometime now. ^_^

  4. This cake is soooo cool! We are planning a tie-dye party and this cake will be the hit of the party!
    Thanks for the idea!

  5. Oh the colours!! How fabulous. I admire the brightness and cheerfulness of your baking so much.

  6. Looks amazing! Would love to give this a try one day – bookmarking it 😉

  7. Hi Ruthanne!

    I just nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award at:

    Thanks for being such an inspiration, always!!


    • Thank you SO much Felicia- thats very sweet, I’m honored… the best part of blogging is meeting wonderful people like you!

      • rosewithoutthorns

        You are most welcome Ruthanne! Thanks for sharing all your baking secrets and teaching us how to make beautiful desserts so easily!!

        Have a FANTABULOUS weekend!!


  8. My daughter will be 6 on Christmas Day. It is so hard to do things for her at that time of year that maker her day special. We always wake her up that morning singing to her and giving her a little cake or cupcake and her birthday gifts (always wrapped in birthday NOT Christmas paper). I can’t wait to make this cake for her this year! She is going to LOVE it! 🙂

    • Aww….. what a good mom!!!! My birthday is close to Christmas as well- my grandma used to tell me to pick a present from under the tree and save it a few days for my birthday….what?!? My mom (to this day) makes everything VERY non-Christmas for me and I love her for it! Enjoy surprising her!! 🙂

  9. Reblogged this on bakerhomemaker and commented:
    I adore this cake! Such a fantastic idea.

  10. hi i love your cakes. i am just a beginner. i tried to bake this cake by using store bought sponge mix. i used liquid colors and one gel color. my cake turned out to be pale. all the colours merged and there was no color what so ever 😦 . please can u guide me. thanks

    • Hi! I’m so sad this didn’t work out well for you… 😦 I’m not sure exactly why it didn’t work, but I can tell you that liquid colors never have the brightness that the gel colors do. You’d have to add the whole bottle (which is a lot of extra liquid in your recipe!) I also know that some gel colors work better than others. I use Wilton’s Icing Gels in everything I color- they are so potent that you need just a tiny bit. You can get them usually in any cake decorating supply store- or online. They aren’t very expensive and last forever! I also don’t know about sponge cake…? Try just a plain old white cake mix. Sponge cake is so light and bubbly, I’m not sure what that would do to the color patterns…maybe nothing, but that might have been part of your problem too. Good luck!! I really hope you can get it to work out well for you!!!

      • thank u so much for your detailed reply. i will definately switch to gel colors but here in uk we dont get boxed white cake mix easily. do u have a recipe for it? x

  11. I saw this cake and it inspired me a lot. I made a cake with 6 colours and one with just green and yellow.. It was so lovely, because you don’t expect whats in the cake.. People were all like woah.. Thats amazing.. 🙂 So Thanks for ginving me some inspiration!

    • Yay!!! I’m glad you had fun with this recipe! I was thinking about a green and yellow one for football season—-my entire family LOVES the Packers…you really could do any color to celebrate team or school colors!

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  13. Thank you for this post… I made rainbow cupcakes from a “Family Fun” magazine recipe a few years back and was looking to modify it for my daughter’s upcoming “My Little Pony” birthday party cake. Like you said, the thought of making 6 layers is exhausting. I love the blue icing-it does look just like Rainbow Dash.. I will have to send you a picture when I’m done.

  14. Hi – stumbled upon this last week and decided to make it for my own birthday on Sat just gone. Turned out fabulously! Everyone has been suitably impressed, and it was actually super-easy…my 4yr-old even helped mix the colours 🙂 Thankyou for such clear instructions, that’s my kind of recipe! I’m eyeing off the butterfly twice-baked, wondering what else I can hide in cakes… 🙂

  15. Hi I’m wanting to make this cake.. Just wondering if icing colours is the same as coloured food dye? If not where would I get some from besides Internet? Thanks xx

    • The icing colors I refer to are gel food colors. Gel colors give a much brighter color without watering down the cake batter. I’ve seen them at any place that carries cake decorating supplies (like Michaels, Jo-Anns etc.) Good luck!!

  16. i have a 8″/3″ pan..will it make a big difference?….and for the raspberry icing what brand did you use? and also where could i find it besides the internet?:p i am also very excited to make this cake!! 😀

    • I think you could make this in any size cake pan. I love raspberry flavoring and I’ve used several brands– just whatever is available at my local grocery…have fun!!!

  17. Do you think this will work for mini-cupcakes? I’m thinking maybe 3 colors at most. What do you think? Thank you!

    • I think that sounds so fun! Give it a try- you might need to use a knife and swirl the colors a bit..? Just pouring them in might just give you layers…?

  18. I made this for my kids’ 4th birthday party. It turned out awesome! Thanks so much for a great recipe and idea that looked really hard, but wasn’t 🙂

  19. My hubby sort of celebrates Russian Orthodox holidays in remembrance of his mother. This coming weekend is orthodox Easter so I think I will try this as a happy remembrance…she was that kind of woman!

  20. I made this for my daughter’s 3rd birthday this weekend and she loved it! Thank you for the wonderful idea that even a novice like myself can accomplish. Now I’m thinking of doing the same thing in team colors for sporting events.

    • Yay!!!! Nothing better than a happy three year old!!! I’m a HUGE Packer fan and I’ve already thought about making a green and gold cake next fall! The possibilities are endless!! So fun!

  21. I made this cake for my daughters 6th birthday, it was Luau themed so this was perfect. I didn’t use the frosting recipe here but I used the recipe from your Strawberry Lemonade cake (because i really love it) and colored it pink for her cake. She was so surprised when i cut open the cake!

    • Oh that is a GREAT idea with the frosting. That lemonade frosting is one of my favorite things– I bet it was really fun on this cake. Yay– a surprised 6 year old– that sounds like such a fun party– my mom and I were just talking about all the fun birthday cakes she made me when I was growing up. You are making such fun memories!!! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing. My son, who turns 10 in Halloween, just informed me that this is the cake he wants for his bday but with a lego design covering it! Very exciting!

    • Oh that sounds like a fun cake!! Share a picture with us when you make it– I’m terrible at cake decorating, so a Lego design sounds challenging!!!

      • I will. Thanks!! Love decorating cakes. I have been doing it for 4 + yrs now. Very cool too!!

        • Hi. I haven’t made the Lego cake yet but I have 2 other cakes with the tye-die design and orders keep coming back!! Thank you so much for the idea. The look beautiful when cut into them. Would love to post a couple of pics.

          • You are so welcome! Send me pictures at contact (dot) easybaked (at) gmail (dot) com. I can share them then! I’m so glad you’re able to use the technique to make people happy:)

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  24. It’s in the oven! I had a little trouble getting the batter to the edges. I decided to put the batters in sandwich size plastic bags, cut the corner, and piped it into the pan. This gave me more control when putting the batters into the pans.

    I love your idea about reversing the colors in each pan.

    • Thanks a great idea! I just tapped my pan on the counter to spread the colors out- but I’ve made this a few times now and it depends on your cake mix. Some are much thicker than others!! Sounds like you had fun- I’m so glad!!

  25. Hi, I tried this and it turned out excitingly colorful. my colored batter are now in the oven waiting to be baked. Can’t wait to see the final result.

    Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    God Bless you more.

  26. My daughter is 17 today and has requested this cake for her birthday. I’ve made it before and its amazingly colorful.

  27. I am making a candy land cake for my son in a couple weeks. This will be so awesome to top it all off. Thanks for the great idea. So excited to do his cake, mixing baking with arts and crafts gonna really enjoy making this…

  28. Can I use flavors. Red for Strawberry, Blue for Blue Berry, Yellow for Lemon,,,? I would like a combo of them?

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  31. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. That is amazzzing I’m going to ask my nan to make this for my Eleventh birthday as my Nan is amazing at baking.

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