Tie Dye Cake Decorating Video

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In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make a tie dye cake in buttercream!


Groovy! Learn to make a brightly colored tie dye pattern inside and out in this cake decorating video tutorial by My Cake School!

This Tie Dye Cake tutorial is a video that BeBe and I made while on our family beach trip! 

The cake was a big hit--my brother-in-law says all of the colors make it taste even better.  Ha!  I don't know about that, but I do know that that the kids thought it was the coolest ever. Give it a try at your next groooovy party!

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In this tutorial, you will not only learn how to create a tie dye pattern inside of the cake, but we'll show you how to make tie dye in buttercream, too!  

In this video, we made a double batch of white cake mix batter.  We used it to make 2 FAT 8" layers & had enough leftover for about 6 cupcakes.

It is also important to use a crusting buttercream frosting (vanilla) if you will be using the Viva Paper Towel Method of smoothing as we demonstrated in the video.

Two great crusting buttercream frostings are our Classic Vanilla Buttercream recipe as well as our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream recipe. (The Classic recipe uses butter, the Fluffy recipe uses butter & shortening). 

Enjoy the Video!

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you give this tie dye cake a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!


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  1. The video taught me a lot. I never have used the paper towel as a smoother. I have heard of using one as texture for icing but not to make icing blend together. I can't wait to try making a cake/icing of different shades for fun! Thank You for teaching me this technique.

  2. This looks amazing!! I wish I knew about you and this cake back when my daughter was playing club volleyball. I was the team Mom and one of the "getting to know you" events for our new team was pizza and making tie dye tshirts. This cake would have been the perfect dessert! I can see many fun reasons to make it now though. Thanks!