How to Tie Dye a Wedding Cake

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How to Tie Dye a Wedding Cake
Tie dye cakes fit with a hippie theme for a wedding. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The wedding cake is one of the focal points of a wedding reception, because guests can view the tiered cake during the reception, until it is sliced for serving. For a themed wedding, a tie dye cake lends a hippie atmosphere. When creating a tie dye cake, you can tie dye the icing, the cake itself -- or for the full tie dye experience, you can tie dye both cake and icing.

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Things you need

  • Cake recipe
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Clear soda
  • Food colouring
  • Cake pans
  • Oven
  • Knife
  • Icing
  • Picture of tie dye or tie dye item
  • Airbrush icing kit

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  1. 1

    Add the ingredients for the batter into the mixing bowl. Substitute clear soda for water.

  2. 2

    Whisk until batter is smooth.

  3. 3

    Divide the batter into bowls, with one bowl for each tie dye colour.

  4. 4

    Add food colouring to each bowl. Mix thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Fill the cake pans with batter from each bowl. Pour the first colour into the centre of the cake pan. Pour the second colour on top of the first colour. Do the same for each colour. This enables the batter to spread out. This causes the colours to mix throughout, creating a tie-dye look.

  6. 6

    Bake at 176 degrees Cor 15 to 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake. Remove the toothpick. If the toothpick is clean, the cake is done.

  7. 7

    Slice and remove the bulge from the top of each cake layer for a flat top.

  8. 8

    Ice the exterior of each layer, smoothing the icing as you apply. Stack the layers of the tiered wedding cake, starting with the largest layer first, then the second largest layer centred atop the first layer, and so on until the smallest layer is on top.

  9. 9

    Spray the exterior icing of the cake, using the icing airbrush kit. Use a strong spray for full colours and a light spray for areas where two colours come together. Spray multiple colours onto the cake, using the tie dye picture as a reference. This creates a tie dye design. The reference image used can be any style of tie dye, such as circles or spirals, to match your desired look for the cake.

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