Tie-Dyed Cupcakes Recipe
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Tie-Dyed Cupcakes Recipe

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Take a trip back to the sixties with these sweetly psychedelic cupcakes. Each is a simple white cake, but tinting the batter all the colors of the rainbow makes them funky and fun!— Gwyndolyn Wilkerson, Kyle, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) lemon-lime soda
  • Neon food coloring
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Colored sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 235 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 258 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and soda. Beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 1 minute. Divide batter among five bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl; stir just until combined.
  2. Drop a spoonful of one color of batter into each of 18 paper-lined muffin cups. Layer with remaining colored batter until muffin cups are two-thirds full.
  3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Frost tops and decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: In this recipe, lemon-lime soda is used in place of the water, egg whites and oil typically used when preparing white cake mix. One-and-a-half cups (12 ounces) diet lemon-lime soda can be used instead of regular soda for a lower-sugar option.
Originally published as Tie-Dyed Cupcakes in Country Woman April/May 2012

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"These are so simple and easy to make. They are always a hit with my boys classmates! I've done them with bright colors, pastels, and camo colors!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"Made these for Easter, grandkids went crazy, thought they were the coolest thing until we cut open the rainbow bread that I made also. Made 5 loaves so each family could take one home. Used the neon food coloring and had the prettiest bread ever. Carol Y"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Very fluffy and very tasty! Everybody loved the funky look. Will be making these again."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"Wow!!! I tried them just as written and they are very sweet (of course, I did taste them at midnight-lol). They are very pretty and I know the kids will enjoy them for sure. I had a lot of fun making these, also."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I just made these and they are very good. I was worried too about not adding eggs but followed the recipe and used only the soda. Not to worry, they came out just fine. These are so cute and fun to make (and taste great too!). Thanks for sharing such a unique and fun recipe!"

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