How to Tie-Dye Frosting for Cupcakes!

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Tie dyed frosting is any kids' dream! And since I have five kids of my own, I figured it was high time I found a way to tie dye frosting for cupcakes. Follow along for the easy tutorial!
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Lay out a piece of plastic wrap and gather the colors you want to use for the frosting stripes. Don’t forget a little paintbrush - the cheap watercolor ones work great.

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Dip the paintbrush in the gel color and paint stripes down the plastic wrap, about 5-6 inches in length and keeping an inch between each different colored stripe.

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Colorful and stripey like this (I had yet to paint the yellow stripe in this picture ).

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Plop a healthy amount of frosting right over the stripes. It’s ok if it doesn’t cover all the stripes because the
plastic will roll up over it.

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Start rolling the plastic wrap over the frosting like a fat frosting log.

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Each colored stripe should come in direct contact with the frosting once it is rolled up.

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Take the ends of the plastic wrap and twist them - kind of like an old-fashioned candy wrapper.

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Prepare the piping bag by snipping the tip and inserting a coupler.

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Thread one end of the frosting log through the piping bag so you can grab the twisted “handle” from the
opening in the bag.

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Grab the twisted “handle” and pull it through the bag as tightly as possible.

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Snip the excess plastic as close to the plastic coupler as you can.

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Quickly put on your piping tip (I’m using a Wilton 1M here).

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Attach the outer coupler to secure the tip and you’re almost there!

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Twist the top of the bag and secure with a twist tie or one of those handy-dandy plastic IKEA-like clips.

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For the classic peaked frosted look, start with the frosting on the outside of the cupcake and swirl inward, gently releasing pressure as the frosting tops off.

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Swirled and frosted - just like a tie-dyed cupcake should look!

I did this same concept this weekend with cupcakes but with only one color. The problems I ran into was when reaching into the piping bag to brush in my colors, the mess and getting the color in evenly. I love the way you did it though. Will definitely be trying this as it looks much simpler and less messy than the way I did it!!!

Nashipashi2 years ago
Love your creative mind!
Great idea!
I will vote!
mygibzone2 years ago
That is REALLY COOL. Also this looks like a great way to get frosting into the bag relatively mess free! 2 thumbs up!
That is amazing! I have wondered how frosting could ever look like this! I feel like I have just learned a wonderful baking secret :D
+1 on that!
Whoa! Have you tried this method with white chocolate, too?
HollyMann2 years ago
These look STUNNING! I love the photo! But - I'd be afraid my mouth and tongue would be dyed also! :) When I get food coloring on my hands it seems hard to get off.....
Babyshoes2 years ago
Awesome instructable! Simple, clear, concise and best of all, acheiveable! I'm not a frequent baker, but may just have to make these to try out the concept. Big thumbs up... :)
chefsea2 years ago
Thanks for doing this, I've always wondered how this was done. I will have to try soon.
stevfuri2 years ago
I'm not a baker myself but I shared this instructible with several friends as soon as I saw it!