How To Make A Tie-Dye Cake

DIY Peace Cake

What’s bet­ter than a slice of cake? A slice of cake with a sur­prise baked inside! This tie-dye cake is a cinch to make and can be cus­tomized with any shape.

For the past cou­ple of years, I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with desserts that have hid­den sur­prises. I’ve tried a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways to bake shapes inside of cakes, and this one has deliv­ered the best results by far. (For­tu­nately, my fam­ily enjoys eat­ing all of my failed attempts.)

At first glance, this Peace Cake might not seem like a “piece of cake” to cre­ate. But I’ve sim­pli­fied the process so that you can achieve sweet suc­cess in your own kitchen. By the way, I used a peace sign in this tuto­r­ial, but you can do this with any shape. It’s really fun with alpha­bet let­ters, num­bers, hol­i­day shapes, etc. You’ll just want to make sure you have the right-sized pans to fit the sizes and shapes of your cookie cutters.

What You Need

For a 6-inch by 8-inch cake, I used:

  • 4 boxes Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix (has fewer air bub­bles than reg­u­lar cake)
  • 2 2/3 cups milk (use 2/3 cup per box)
  • 1 cup soft­ened but­ter (use 1/4 cup per box)
  • 8 eggs (use 2 eggs per box)
  • Food col­or­ing: blue, pur­ple, pink, green, and yellow
  • Dis­pos­able pas­try bags or Ziploc bags
  • Frost­ing
  • Peace sign cookie cut­ter (I found mine at cheapcookiecutters.com)
  • Two 6-inch x 6-inch x 2-inch bak­ing pans
  • Non-stick cook­ing spray and flour (for dust­ing the pans)
DIY Peace Cake

Step 1
Spray pans with non­stick bak­ing spray and dust with flour. Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2
Mix one box of pound cake mix with 2/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup but­ter, and 2 eggs. Split into 5 equal por­tions and add food col­or­ing to each, mak­ing blue, pur­ple, pink, green, and yel­low. Pour col­ored bat­ter into sep­a­rate, sealed dis­pos­able pas­try bags or Ziploc bags.

Step 3
Cut off the bot­tom tips and begin swirling the bat­ter into the pans, alter­nat­ing col­ors often. Tap and lightly drop the pans on the counter to help elim­i­nate air bubbles.

Step 4
Bake 35 to 40 min­utes. Slightly under bak­ing them is OK since you’ll bake them again later. Allow the cakes to cool, then remove them from the pans and set aside. Repeat pre­vi­ous steps to make two more swirl-colored cakes. When all four cakes are baked and cool, wrap them in plas­tic wrap and freeze for 4 hours or overnight. (Freez­ing the cakes makes them eas­ier to slice and cut. It also helps pre­vent them from over­cook­ing the sec­ond time they are baked.)

DIY Peace Cake

Step 5
Spray pans with non­stick bak­ing spray and dust with flour. Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 6
Mix one box of pound cake mix with 2/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup but­ter, and 2 eggs. Pour bat­ter into a sealed plas­tic pas­try bag. Set aside.

Step 7
Remove two, swirl-colored cakes from the freezer and slice them to the thick­ness of your cookie cut­ter. Cut shapes from each slice, and stack them in the cen­ter of your bak­ing pans.

(HELPFUL HINT: After you have stacked your cut shapes, insert a few long tooth­picks or wooden skew­ers into the stacks. This will pre­vent them from mov­ing or shift­ing when you pour the pound cake bat­ter around them. It will also keep them from bub­bling up and shift­ing out of place while bak­ing. Just remem­ber to take the tooth­picks out after they’re done bak­ing.)

Step 8
Cut off the bot­tom tip of the pas­try bag filled with pound cake bat­ter and begin squeez­ing bat­ter into the inner shapes of the peace sign. Once those are filled, pour bat­ter all around the outside.

Step 9
Bake for 40 to 45 min­utes, or until a tooth­pick inserted comes out clean.

DIY Peace Cake

Step 10
Allow the cakes to cool. While still in the pans, cut off the top bub­bly por­tion of the cakes, flush with the pan. Remove the cakes and trim all four sides neatly. Repeat the pre­vi­ous steps to make two more cakes with peace signs inside.

DIY Peace Cake

Step 11
After all four cakes are trimmed to the same size, put a thin layer of frost­ing on the tops of three of them. Stand them upright and stick them together on your cake plate. Frost the entire cake with a thin, crumb coat of frost­ing. Refrig­er­ate for an hour, then frost the entire cake with a thicker, more dec­o­ra­tive layer of frost­ing. (REMEMBER: mark which side of your cake plate is the front, so that you know where to cut from later.)

DIY Peace Cake

That’s it! Slice and sur­prise your guests with a cake that’s so much more than it appears!

DIY Peace Cake