Hello there fair reader! Sorry for my absence. My family and I were travelling for the holidays. We had a wonderful vacation visiting family in Florida. Let me tell you, one could do worse than Christmasing in Florida. We went to the beach Christmas Eve and drank mimosas poolside Christmas day. One of my favorite Christmas In Florida traditions is making gallons of fresh squeezed orange juice. Yum.
Another favorite tradition is celebrating the birthday of a special little lady – my one and only niece! She turned four this year, so of course we needed to have a party. What better way to celebrate than a picnic at sunset on the beach complete with tie dye cupcakes?
These babies come together quick, and the colors will definitely impress children and adults.
We used this gel food coloring for a really saturated look.
One box of white cake mix
Gel food coloring
One pound of powdered sugar
One stick of butter at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk
Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the box. Divide batter into four bowls and add gel food coloring. To achieve a bright color, add several drops of food coloring.
Working with one color of batter at a time, add batter to lined cupcake tin. Stagger the colors throughout the cupcakes to create a “tie dye” look.
Bake according to directions on the box.
To prepare buttercream: add powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk in a large bowl. Using a stand mixer or beaters, beat ingredients until frosting is fluffy. If your frosting is too thin to pipe onto the cupcakes, add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add more milk.
To create tie dye frosting, cut a small corner off of a gallon size zip lock baggie. Put the baggie in a tall glass with the cut out corner pointed towards the bottom of the glass. Carefully add a couple of drops of food coloring to the edge of the piping bag and allow the food coloring to run the length of the baggie, creating a long colored line. Repeat for each color you use, so there is a “line” of color for each color you use (we used four colors). Add buttercream to the prepared baggie and pipe onto your cupcakes.
I also need to give a shout out, and owe a huge THANK YOU to my brother in law who hooked me up with my own domain! You rock!