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Get ready to take your kids back-to-school with tie-dyed cupcakes!

If you are a parent and your kid is going to school for the first time or returning, then a great back-to-school treat to have them take to class are the Tie-Dyed Cupcakes. Gwyndolyn Wilkerson from Kyle, Texas, says these treats make you “take a trip back to the sixties with these sweetly psychedelic cupcakes. Each is a simple white cake, but tinting the batter all the colors of the rainbow makes them funky and fun!”

I think tie-dyed cupcakes are always a great treat to have when going back-to-school.
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

OVERALL TIME: Preparation: 30 minutes Baking Time: 25 minutes plus chilling

CREATES: 18 helpings


  • One regular size bag of white cake mix
  • One-and-a-half cups of lemon-lime soda
  • Neon food coloring
  • One can of vanilla icing
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

One cupcake is 235 calories, nine grams of fat (three grams of saturated fat), 0% cholesterol, 258 milligrams of sodium, and 38 grams of carbohydrates, 0% fiber, and one gram of protein.


  1. In a big bowl, mix soda and cake mix. Stir on slow speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for one minute. Split the combination between five bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl; mix just until combined.
  2. Drop a spoonful of one color of batter into each of 18 paper-lined muffin cups. Layer with left-over colored mix until muffin cups are two-thirds full.
  3. Heat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes or until a pick inserted near the middle comes out spotless. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to chill completely.
  4. Ice tops and decorate with sprinkles. Yield: One-and-a-half dozen.

Note: In this recipe, lemon-lime soda is used in place of the water, egg whites and oil typically used when making the white cake mix. One-and-a-half cups of diet lemon-lime soda can be used instead of regular soda for a lower-sugar choice.

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