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    3 hrs 30 mins

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    JamesDean'sGirl's Note:

    I found this in a magazine--and it looks like a really fun cake, with all different colors and flavors! This would be perfect for kids' parties or "artsy" themed parties. *Prep time includes cooling time.*

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    • 1 package white cake mix
    • 3 egg whites
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 20 drops red food coloring
    • 20 drops blue food coloring
    • 20 drops yellow food coloring
    • 1/8 teaspoon cherry extract or 1/8 teaspoon strawberry extract or 1/8 teaspoon raspberry extract
    • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract or 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 2 (16 ounce) cans vanilla frosting or 2 (16 ounce) cans lemon frosting
    • colored sugar sprinkle or candy sprinkles or small decorative candies, for garnish


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350*F; grease 2 9" round cake pans or line the bottoms with parchment paper.
    2. 2
      Using an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cake mix, 1 1/2 cups water, the egg whites, and oil for 30 seconds.
    3. 3
      Increase the mixer speed to high speed; beat for 2 minutes; divide the batter into 4 bowls.
    4. 4
      Stir the red food coloring and cherry extract into one bowl, the yellow food coloring and almond extract into another bowl, and the blue food coloring into the third bowl.
    5. 5
      Alternately spoon the tinted and white batters evenly into the prepared pans; lightly swirl the batters together with a spoon to create a gentle marbled effect.
    6. 6
      Do not over-swirl or the colors will become muddy.
    7. 7
      Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick tests out clean.
    8. 8
      Cool in pans for 10 minutes; invert and cool completely on wire racks.
    9. 9
      Place 1 cake layer on a serving dish; spread with 1 cup of the frosting.
    10. 10
      Top with remaining cake layer; coat top and sides of cake with the remaining frosting.
    11. 11
      Decorate with colored sugar, sprinkles, or candy.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 13, 2008


      I made this last night and when I woke up 1/4 of it was gone!! It is very good. I followed the box directions and used 1/3 cup of oil. For the flavorings I used banana and strawberry plus I also added green...can't have tye-dye without my favorite color! I used gel dyes because they tend to give better coloring. Thanks so much for posting this fun cake recipe!

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    • on July 07, 2008


      A fun recipe for a kid's birthday party or a 70's retro event. When I mixed the colors called for in the recipe, I was afraid the cupcakes were going to look like they were for a baby shower since the red was more pink than red rather than a teen's birthday party. I added purple and green to the mix and was really pleased with the results. I put about 1 Tbls. of each color in each cupcake and then swirled them with a toothpick. Next time I'll try swirling with a knife as the toothpick didn't do much for the colors towards the bottom. Thanks for sharing such a fun recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Tye-Dye Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (101 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 526.6
    Calories from Fat 173
    Total Fat 19.3 g
    Saturated Fat 3.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 442.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 85.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 71.5 g
    Protein 2.8 g

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