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Apr. 4, 2009 7:42 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2012 2:49 am
This past Friday I participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event hosted by my university.  This was the second year that my university hosted this event and it was another great time spent, especially for a good cause.  In case you do not know what Relay for Life is, it is a fundraising event to help fight cancer.  You can find more information here: http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/whatisrelay<
I was a member of the GeoClub & Friends team with my fellow Geography Grad students.  Our team's theme of the night was Woodstock.  We tie-dyed our shirts and offered face painting for $1.  A fellow student created at 12 hour playlist of appropriate songs and I truly believe she missed her true calling or time as a hippie. ;)  My contribution to the night, besides participating, was bringing baked goods!  Through my constant recipe browsing online, I had come across a recipe for a rainbow cake, http://www.omnomicon.com/rainbowcake, and thought it would be perfect for our theme. 
Since I have developed my skills in the kitchen more over the past few years, I no longer buy box mixes.   Therefore, instead of using the recipe provided on the website, I decided to use a Golden Butter Cake recipe in my Good Housekeeping Cookbook.  I previously used this recipe this past summer, so I knew it was delicious and would be easy to color.
Once I mixed up the batter I divided it up into 5 coffee mugs and used Wilton Food Coloring.  Mixing the dye into the batter definitely worked the muscles in my arm.  Once all of the batter was dyed, I spooned various amounts of each color into baking cups in the cupcake pan.  I tried to figure out how I could get the tie-dyed effect.  I ended up using a toothpick and swirling it around in the batter.  This provided a pretty neat effect on top of the cupcake, however did not do much inside.
Overall, I think these came out pretty awesome and everyone loved them.  I even had one person, that came up to our table, ask if they were edible!  I think these would be perfect for a child's birthday party, since they are bright and colorful.   They are also pretty simple to make, since all you need is cake batter and food coloring!
Top of Tie-dyed Cupcake
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Inside Tie-Dyed Cupcake
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Apr. 4, 2009 9:12 pm
Um, yeah - these ROCK. This is awesome. I at a youth director at a church and this would be a great treat sometime! So cool!
Apr. 4, 2009 9:14 pm
Oops. Meant to say "I am a youth director! :)
Apr. 4, 2009 9:51 pm
What a great idea! I would've never thought to do that, but they turned out awesome. What kind of frosting would you suggest for that cake recipe?
Apr. 4, 2009 11:51 pm
Yowza! Those are some groovy tie-dyed cupcakes! Beautiful. :)
Apr. 5, 2009 2:19 am
Love them! People are always impressed by these and they are so easy to make! Yours look great; you achieved some great deep colors!!
Apr. 5, 2009 4:15 am
Beautiful! I am now trying to think of reason to make cupcakes! :)
Apr. 5, 2009 9:28 am
That is so cool! I wonder if you got the tooth pick all the way down to swirl you would get better results?
Apr. 5, 2009 11:04 am
These would be fun baked in an Easter egg shaped muffin pan.
Apr. 6, 2009 1:25 am
COOL Looking Cuppies! May have to try them myself some day! ;)
Apr. 6, 2009 10:13 am
this is exactly what i was thinking of making for my daughter's birthday...thanks for the tips!
Apr. 6, 2009 10:20 am
Very Cool!! I can't wait to make these!! My hippie friends will freak...thank you for the idea:)
Apr. 6, 2009 11:47 am
Very nice. Love the purple! Great shots too! I made them for my daughters 8th b-day (Nov) with tie-dyed frosting to match and it went over very with with the girls. I also made them for X-mas. (You can see both in my pictures on page #8.)
Apr. 6, 2009 11:52 am
Man, I am so bummed! I just made some cupcakes for my small group @ church this past weekend. I wish I would have seen this blog beforehand. While I got rave reviews on the taste of my cupcakes, I probably would have WOWed 'em with the looks of these ones! Next time I suppose.
Apr. 6, 2009 11:56 am
How cool! I am going to try this sometime! Although I was already thinking of some alternate ideas, you could put the batter in a piping bag, or plastic bag and snip the end off and you could possibly put two colors in at the same time and then swirl those colors with a popsicle stick or spoon, then add more colors ontop of that layer and so-forth. But I even think the solid layered effect will be neat as well though. Just some thoughts! :)
Apr. 6, 2009 1:46 pm
I am convinced I was meant to be born in 1960. I pretty much only listen to music from the 60's and 70's and it would've been kick a** to grow up in the 70's. Hence, I want to be a hippie. But I am LOVIN these cupcakes. I would make them without the icing, HARTMR- just so you can see the pretty swirls on top!
Apr. 6, 2009 1:50 pm
Wow. Love the colors. This would be a great recipe for Mardi Gras. I just have to wait another 10 months to make them. Thanks for the creative idea.
Apr. 6, 2009 1:51 pm
The 60's were great! I love the look of these, so happy!
Apr. 6, 2009 3:18 pm
those look like a great idea! you need to post this as a recipe.I'm glad i stumbled upon your blog...thanks!
Apr. 6, 2009 3:23 pm
I wish I had found this days ago for my kids 'Hippie' Day at school! It's waaaaay cool!
Apr. 6, 2009 3:43 pm
wow, those are amazing!! I am also going to be participating in our local relay for life on April 25 & 26. Hopefully I can find something yummy that also looks cool. Our theme is old Hollywood anti tobacco...
Apr. 6, 2009 4:42 pm
Cool...I will have to try these.
Apr. 6, 2009 7:38 pm
This sounds just delectable, my only concern is the dye....did you use a specific unharmful dye. If so could you please let me know...Thank you very much
Apr. 6, 2009 7:56 pm
I'm at ECU and was not aware of this event...sounds like you could be a good fit with my program (Family and Consumer Sciences Education) or others in my college...Hospitality Management or Nutrition. If not, still hooray for you and your celebration of food/life!
Apr. 6, 2009 11:08 pm
I love the beautiful tye dye look.. My sugar tooth is saying where's the frosting so I'd have to figure a way to get some more sugar in them.. Hmmmm maybe a crumb bottom of some kind.. You've got me thinkin! I know I have to try them because they are way cool!.. :)
Apr. 7, 2009 4:55 am
i'm amazed at the result
aleta meadowlark 
Apr. 7, 2009 6:20 am
Hey, it's Aleta from Omnomicon . . . thanks for the link! I LOVE the richness of the colours you chose! I also wish now I'd just used a regular cake recipe, I get all kinds of flack for it, and really was trying to share too much at once! As for getting a more tie-dye effect, if you stirred the batter top to bottom you'd have better luck. Gotta think in three dimensions, not two! Okay, and not to be obnoxious or anything, but since I posted the rainbow cake, I've moved to a new domain. Any chance you could switch the link to the rainbow cake's current home? The link you have automatically redirects anyway, but my blogspot site might be going away . . . now the cake is at http://www.omnomicon.com/rainbowcake Cheers!
Apr. 7, 2009 6:49 am
I have been doing this for years with whole cakes!!! My mom is allergic to chocolate, and her birthday cakes are always so boring, yellow cake with vanilla frosting. Since she is an artist and loves color, I surprised her and made a tie-dyed cake with vanilla frosting on top, she was shocked when she cut the first piece. We like to call it the "inside-out" vanilla cake. Instead of all the colorful decorations on the outside and white in the middle, it's switched. Just another fun idea.
Apr. 7, 2009 6:54 am
These are awesome! I think Im going to make these for Easter with more pastel colors! Very cool.
Apr. 7, 2009 7:25 am
This is such a cool idea. To give the Tye-dies effect inside, try using the round end of a trussing needle (what you would use to secure the stuffed end of a turkey). It is longer than a toothpick and the "loop" at the end will allow some of the batter to flow through. Just don't over stir.
Apr. 7, 2009 7:41 am
They are beautiful, now I am on a mission sometime soon to give this a shot. Great Job (:
Apr. 7, 2009 10:56 am
These look amazing! Can't wait to try them. I think I might make them this weekend for Easter using pastel colors.
Apr. 7, 2009 11:50 am
AWESOME idea! I am going to make these for our Easter Egg hunt at Church on Sat. I think the kids will get a big kick out of them! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Grandma Go-Go 
Apr. 7, 2009 1:28 pm
Try swirling the batter with a chop stick instead of a toothpick, for the tie-die swirl effect.Great idea!
Apr. 7, 2009 4:46 pm
Thanks everyone for the awesome comments! Andrea - I'm sure they would enjoy them! :) HARTMR - I was trying to figure out the same thing. I was originally going to do a butter cream, but I liked the tops too much and the cake was already pretty moist and dense, so I just went without. SunnyByrd - Thanks, that's the effect I was going for! Lovetohost - Thanks, I know everyone was WOWed by them! Although I only have one other friend that enjoys baking, so everyone seems to be impressed by anything home baked. Booschmoo - Just because is always a great reason! Bring them into work to get them off your hands! Sweetjam - I tried to do that, but I wasn't sure if the colors would combine, so I didn't try to mix as much. mo - That's a great idea and I'm sure you could try pastel colors too. Gitano - Thanks! I hope you do, they were a lot of fun! :) happywife05 - Sounds great! I know some people have concerns about food coloring, but I figure if it's a special occasion event, I don't see the harm. liz marie - They will and watching their reaction is always fun! cookies - I checked out your photos and I want to try the same thing with the frosting. I am thinking about doing these again for the 4th of July! Lola - No worries, cupcakes are always a hit! And you can always make more! ;) ENEWTON - Great ideas! Next time I make these, I will have to experiment with your suggestions. *Christina* - That was my thoughts exactly, I didn't want to cover up the tops! :) yummy - Why wait? There are plenty of holidays coming up! Easter, the 4th of July, Halloween, etc. Or you could make ones with summer colors to celebrate summers arrival is a few months! :) SisterK8 - Unfortunately I was born 20 years later, but I have heard they were a great time! :) Dee - Thanks, I am not sure if I could post this since it's not my original idea? But I do know that Allrecipes does not have a recipe like this yet, I looked first! Ladytarita - Bummer, it would have been a great idea! But you could use different colors if they have another special day or party coming up. Keep it on hand! :) JasmineGordon - Nice, Relay is a great event! Maybe you could make fancy finger sandwiches? RashidaL - I used Wilton Food Coloring to dye the batter. I know you can buy natural food coloring, but it's pretty expensive. Barbara - I have several friends and an old roommate that are apart of your college. I have actually thought about taking some cooking classes, since all of my skills in the kitchen are self-taught. Traci B's Kitchen - I had trouble with thinking about the frosting too. I was going to try to dye butter cream, but couldn't cover up the neat design on top of the cupcakes. Farah Malik - Thanks, I am sure you would have great results too if you tried to bake them! aleta meadowlark - You're welcome! And I changed the link for you! hmnbrd83099 - Ah, I couldn't imagine being allergic to chocolate! That's a great idea though and I bet you enjoyed watching your mom's reaction! Ashley, ANGEAN, & Tracy - Awesome, someone also suggested using an egg cake pan too! Or you could top them with a Peep or jellybeans! bella - Thanks for the idea. I was trying to see what I had in the kitchen and the best I could find was a toothpick. Maybe I will have to find one of those needles! cyndi gephart - Glad I could inspire! Grandma Go-Go - Thanks for the suggestion, I will have to try that next time!
Apr. 7, 2009 4:48 pm
these are awesome looking, how did you get them soo BRIGHT???
Apr. 7, 2009 7:00 pm
Nice. I am going to do these for my little girls birthday party this year!
Apr. 8, 2009 12:00 am
I almost made something like this, but different. I was going to add a bunch of candy sprinkles to my cake batter, which makes a tie-dye effect on top and rainbow inside. Like the rainbow box cake.
dutches of dough 
Apr. 8, 2009 4:14 am
try this to sugar cookie dough, now that is a cool treat!!
Apr. 8, 2009 7:07 am
where can i find this recipe??
Apr. 8, 2009 7:13 am
I would hate to cover these with frosting. I think it would be nice to tint frosting to whatever color you like and pipe a frame around each cupcake- that way, you have the best of both worlds. Oh, and BooSchmoo- you need to FIND a reason to make cupcakes?!?!
Apr. 8, 2009 8:37 am
Very cool!
Apr. 8, 2009 12:03 pm
OH HOLY COW! It's great! My boyfriend wants to use the tie-die idea for our wedding cake. :) Thank you for the inspiration.
Apr. 8, 2009 12:18 pm
Awesome idea for cupcakes, my kids will love these! For an icing idea, use Wilton decorating bags and put several colours carefully in along the side of the bag. If you put the icing in right, when you pipe it on the cupcake, the colours will all swirl randomly together. I'm thinking of a complete tye-dye theme for my daughter's 10th birthday, complete with tye-die craft! Thanks Piratefrog!
Apr. 8, 2009 1:06 pm
Hello, Thank you for the idea, this is a great project for the girls that I work woth to do together as a group, and I know My kids would Love to bake with the different colors to. Thank you once again.
Apr. 8, 2009 3:26 pm
This is so great! I'm trying to find a reason to make cupcakes, but I may have to make these 'just because'!
Apr. 8, 2009 3:27 pm
OMG! I can not wait to make these, this looks absolutely fun and yummy... I am going to make these for easter! yay 4 tie dye cup cakes... I guess I have a busy day tomorrow: apple pies, chocolate covered apples and tie dye cup cakes!!! 8) thanks for posting!
Apr. 8, 2009 4:16 pm
These are Awesome! Im going to a music fest in June called Wannee. Its in Live Oak FL. its a big hippie fest of sorts. I think im going to make some of these and bring them to give away to people walking by my campsite instead of FREE HUGS!!!
Apr. 8, 2009 5:18 pm
Hey these cupcakes are awesome and so much fun. What a great idea. The kids will have a blast making these. Thanks so much for sharing.
Apr. 8, 2009 5:35 pm
AWESOME cupcakes! What a great idea for a kids birthday party. I will be keeping this in mind!!
Apr. 8, 2009 7:44 pm
This was such a great idea! My 3 year old and I made some last night. We used pastels for easter. We also made different colored frosting and did the same thing when frosting them. They turned out wonderfully. Thanks for the idea.
Apr. 8, 2009 7:44 pm
What a fantastic idea....thanks for the post. I just love it and can't wait to make this.
Apr. 8, 2009 11:19 pm
For those who might miss the frosting on the cupcake (they are too beautiful to frost)I think it would be great to serve them, unwrapped of course, in a small cloud of slightly sweetened whipped cream.
Apr. 9, 2009 4:47 am
wow, how beautiful...i am thinking to try to swirl the colors with a straw, bolder than a toothpick, and longer, have to try them, maybe topped with a light dusting of confectioners sugar, so the colors shine thru...love it, thank you
Apr. 14, 2009 5:56 pm
WOW!! These are cool looking. My son's 3rd birthday is in 10 days, I think I'll try to do these. I'll let you know how they came out.
Apr. 17, 2009 5:41 am
Ever since I saw this blog I've been dying to make these! Made them last night for a friend's birthday, they turned out GREAT and look incredible! Almost too good to eat! Since there is no icing on these, I filled the inside of the cupcake with a cream cheese/sugar/chocolate chip mixture. Turned out GREAT, thank you!!!
Jun. 28, 2009 5:05 pm
These are awesome! I am thinking of doing a rainbow-themed birthday for my son's birthday (he'll be one years old in November) and these along with "broken glass' Jell-O would be cool. Now that i've got dessert covered, meal planning... lol.
Jul. 5, 2009 9:39 am
Pirate Frog, I just have to tell you I Fricken LOVE your cupcakes!!!! My name is Patty and I haunt the RE page of this site I made the clown vomit cake a couple of weeks ago and had a great time doing it! Thank you so much for posting these little beautiful treasures! You should come to the dark side and talk to us! we are pretty friendly and love newbies! Hope your 4th of July went off with a Bang!!?? chat soon? Adios Patty&hearts;
Jul. 20, 2009 11:39 pm
A profile pic changing food, offering both powerful presentation AND flavor! Peace out, sister!
Apr. 1, 2011 10:42 am
thz cupcakes were so easy to make!!! they were also fun toi make!!
Apr. 15, 2011 5:04 pm
My granddaughter asked to make these crazy cupcakes. I think it will be very interesting!
May 11, 2011 5:53 pm
These are PERFECT for my friend's tie dye party!!
May 20, 2011 6:40 am
I am making these for my Grandsons BD. I will frost them with white buttercream, then just before they are served I am going to cover them with multi colored POP ROCKS...
Jen @ sweetbabystylishmom.com 
Feb. 19, 2012 2:49 am
These are just about the coolest things EVER!! Definitely making these for my friends 40th bday party!
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