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Feasting with FARE: Tie Dye Explosion Cake

Get ready to bake up a tasty explosion of color and fun!



  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 eggs*
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour*
  • 3 ½  tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk*
  • 5 food coloring colors

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  • 2 cans of vanilla frosting
  • 4-5 food coloring colors

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  • ½ cup colored chocolate candy
  • ¾ cup mixed sprinkles 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. Prepare three 9 inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Mix together the sugar and butter
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time
  5. Stir in vanilla
  6. Add in the flour and baking powder
  7. Stir in milk
  8. Keep mixing until the batter is smooth, then pour an even amount into 5 small bowls
  9. Mix 2 drops of food coloring into each bowl (use one color per bowl) or add color until batter appears vibrant
  10. Drop alternating tablespoons of each batter color into the pan repeatedly until pan is full of multicolored batter (this should use ⅓ of total batter) - repeat this for pans two and three
  11. Swirl the multicolored batter in the pans using a toothpick - be careful not to over combine colors 
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, then set aside cakes to cool
  13. Mix together the chocolate candy and sprinkles in a bowl and set aside
  14. Once the three cakes cool, cut a hole in the center approximately three inches in diameter using a cookie cutter or glass
  15. Stack the two cakes on top of one another, frosting the layer in between
  16. Once they are placed and frosted, pour the candy and sprinkles into the hole
  17. Then, frost the second cake layer and place the third on top
  18. Place half a can of icing aside and frost the entire cake with half of the white icing
  19. Split the remaining half can, into four separate bowls and place two drops of food coloring into each or add drops until satisfied with the color
  20. Place the colored frosting into a plastic bag (cut the bottom corner) and squeeze each color in evenly spaced straight lines onto the cake
  21. Lightly drag a spatula across the colors blending the top of the cake until you have reached the desired tie-dye effect 
  22. Cut into the cake and enjoy! 

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