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Tie-Dyed Cupcakes

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
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Frost tops and decorate with sprinkles.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 235 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Caroline
    Mar 23, 2018

    I thought that these looked so cool so I decided to try them... however I cooked them for 19 minutes, the toothpick was complete dry, yet when I tried one it was so doughy. I don’t know if I did something wrong but I wish they werent so doughy, because they were so pretty inside!!

  • randcbruns
    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!

  • cybarra
    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

  • webesmiley
    Apr 5, 2015

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

  • ape1013
    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.

  • ConnieK
    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!

  • armywifeCMC
    Aug 2, 2012

    I seen a previous review of this recipe asking whether to add the water, oil, and eggs. All you do is combine the cake mix and the soda (nothing else)! I know it sounds wierd, I thought so as well but tried it anyway. They turn out amazing! I used a Duncan Heinz cake mix!

  • armywifeCMC
    Aug 2, 2012

    These are the most moist cupcakes I have ever had! Everyone loved them!

  • mnphouka
    Jun 12, 2012

    I have not made this yet because I have a question (hopefully not a stupid one ;) So do I add the water, oil and eggs as stated on the cake mix box along with the lemon-lime soda? The directions are not real clear to me. Seems like that would make it kinda runny? But to not add the eggs/oil does not make sense either? Help!