Tie-dye birthday cake ideas

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Tie-dye birthday cake ideas
Tie-dye isn't just for T-shirts anymore. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tie-dye was a popular fabric treatment in the 1960s and 1970s. If you are making a cake for a hippie-themed party or a tie-dye fan, knowing some cake ideas helps you decide on the best cake for you. Use your cake decorating abilities and knowledge to choose the style that is easiest for you.

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Using Fondant

Adding colour to either store-bought or homemade fondant, you can create a marbled or tie-dyed look. With two to three colours of fondant, roll the fondant into long 15-inch tubes, similar to how you would make snakes with playdough. Then twist the tubes together. Fold the length in half and then roll it out as you normally would. Use either a rolling pin or a sheeter to achieve a uniform size.

Using Frosting

A similar method of decorating is tie-dying frosting. Frost the top of the cake with a solid colour frosting. Then use a piping bag filled with a different colour to pipe concentric circles of colour on top of the cake. Use a toothpick or knife to cut through the frosting. As you drag through one colour it bleeds into the next, making a tie-dye appearance. Use two to three different coloured frosting to achieve the look you want.

Marbling the Cake

Instead of just tie-dying the outside of the cake, tie-dye the inside as well. There are two ways to achieve this. The first is to mix in coloured sprinkles into a white cake batter. This gives the inside of the cake a colourful look. The second option is to make two to three colours of cake batter. Pour the first coloured cake batter into the cake pan. Then pour two lines of coloured batter down the length of the first batter. Use a toothpick or knife blade to lightly mix the batters together. Swirl the batters in different patterns to achieve a tie-dyed effect.

Decorations on Top

Once the tie-dye cake is baked and decorated with fondant or frosting, use other tie-dye-themed decorations to finish the cake. One idea is adding a peace sign on top. Make the symbol out of frosting or cut a symbol out of gum paste. Another idea is to use modelling chocolate to make the dancing bears from the Grateful Dead. Alternatively, leave the cake plain and write a sentiment on the cake with frosting.

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