4th of July Tie Dye Cake

My first ever recipe post…wish me luck.

It’s independence day! Tonight my friends and I are gathering for a pre-fireworks potluck dinner, and I obviously chose to be on dessert duty. After much deliberation in Pinterest pursuit of finding the most delicious 4th of July treat, a cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction caught my attention (http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/06/27/how-to-make-a-tie-dye-cake/)

Sally always knows what’s up, and this time was no different. Her tie dye cake is da BOMB. I know my friends are going to be in awe of the pretty colors when I reveal it tonight.

A “tie dye cake” sounds daunting, but don’t worry, it really was a piece of cake. All you have to do is:

1. make homemade cake batter

2. divide the cake batter into 3 separate bowls and dye each a different color

3. drop batters into springform pans

4. bake cake

5. frost cake

6. eat cake! nom nom

i began with my dry ingredients…

Imagethen i melted butter and whisked it together with white and brown sugars, egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract

Imagei used the greek yogurt my mom always keeps in our fridge and i think it contributed to the cake’s great consistency, but i’m sure any yogurt you had on hand would work equally as well!

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i mixed my dry ingredients with the whisked creation, and voila! a smooth, thick cake batter was formed

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next it was time to divide my batters. i eyeballed 3 equally filled bowls of batter and dropped about 11 drops of food coloring in each. one was red, one was blue, and one needed no food coloring at all! it was super fun to watch a simple cake batter transform into something so patriotic!

i couldn’t find individual tubes of blue and red food coloring at my local Jewel, so I was forced to buy a rainbow Easter themed set! oh well, i guess it will come in handy for some future baking projects.

ImageImageImagenow came the fun part..dropping spoonfuls of batter into my pan! don’t worry about it being perfect; the more imperfect, the cooler tie dye effect.

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i’m sure you thought the cake looked pretty cool before i even put it in the oven. well, check out how it looked after being baked!

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my mom’s jaw dropped when she saw the cake, she thought it must’ve taken hours to create that tie dye effect! little did she know it only took about 45 minutes to prepare the cake.

lastly, i frosted the cake with a homemade vanilla buttercream, recipe also from sally’s baking addiction, and decorated it with some fourth of july sprinkles!

and, drum roll please, the finished product!!!

Imagei didn’t want to cut into the cake and ruin the tie dye surprise for my friends, so picture to come tomorrow after the cake has been cut into!

have a fun, safe, and delicious fourth of july!