If you’re a foodie or you’ve been on any new cooking blogs you may have noticed a surge in “rainbow” baking. Rainbow cakes are regular white cakes prepared with a special food dye technique that make the cake appear tie-dyed – normal looking frosted cake on the outside, rainbow on in the inside. Great for summer parties and birthdays, read on for a simple tie-dye rainbow cake recipe, no milk or eggs required!

What you need

  • 2 boxes of moist white cake mix (any brand will do)
  • A box of food coloring (make sure you have red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple!)
  • 2 twelve ounce cans of Sprite


  1. Pour the 2 boxes of cake mix into a large mixing bowl
  2. Pour the Sprite into the cake mix and stir
  3. With a measuring cup, measure out 60 ounces of the cake mix. Because there are 6 food dye colors, there is about 1.5 cups per color
  4. Separate the 60 ounces into 6 small cups containing 1.5 cups of the mixture (one for each color)
  5. For each of the 6 cups, put drops of the individual colors in their respective cups. One for red, orange, and so on. Stir until the color is bright
  6. Using a regular cake pan, preferably circular, drop 2/3 of the red mix into the middle of the pan
  7. Repeat dropping the other colors into the middle of the pan one by one. If you want to go in rainbow order, drop the orange into the middle, followed by yellow and so on until you reach purple
  8. Bake in the oven for the instructions on the box of your cake mix, and voila!

Now you’re ready to frost your cake, or leave plain if you desire. This can also be done in smaller quantities with cup cakes if you want to experiment!

What do you think?

Have you tried this recipe? What are your other favorite summer desserts? Let us know in the comments section below!


  1. avatar Mspeganne says:

    Okay not one of my sharpest days but. . . .it says to use 2/3 of the red cake mix and then follow with the other colors. What do you do with the other 1/3 cup. Do you start over with the 1/3 red in the middle?

  2. avatar Charity says:

    I don’t understand the purpose of not using eggs/oil as you would with regular cake mix!? Is that just your personal preference or does it do something to the food coloring? I’ve never heard of using Sprite & leaving others out. Seems it would take cake flavor away.

    • avatar Rita says:

      I’m with you Charity. I’ve never baked a cake without eggs, oil and/or water, etc. Did you get a response from anyone?

    • avatar Regina says:

      This makes a very moist cake. I make one with
      Mt. Dew and yellow cake mix, without food coloring, it is good. Gonna try this one for my daughters bday. Her request

    • avatar Sarah Shaw says:

      Y’all, there’s more to baking than just boxed cake mixes! Using pop makes the cake super moist!
      Side note…ever heard of a dump cake?! Literally just crushed pineapple w/juice, fruit pie filling (I like cherry), cake mix (mix those together), & melted butter poured on top. Bake & indulge!

  3. avatar Ann says:

    I made these in to cupcakes. Used 1 mix 1 can 7up. Divided the mix in to 4 bowls. Colored each batter in neon colors. Evenly spooned in to the papers. Turned out great. I used the flour frosting.

  4. avatar Daniella says:

    This is so cute!!! <3 I'm going to try this next. Just one question when you do the drop, it will expand on its own right? Any way you can post picture of the steps??? Thank you so much!!!! :D

  5. avatar Amanda says:

    i made this for my bday its very yummy! and really sweet it taste like cake mix:) really yummy!

  6. avatar Lori says:

    What size pan so you use for this? Did I miss it?? Is this enough for 2 cakes, since you’re using 2 mixes?

  7. avatar shaniece says:

    How does it taste? Does it taste like sprite/ sprite, in a good way or a bad way. Also only Sprite???

  8. avatar Lisa says:

    I just tried this today and it came out great. I did have to leave it in the oven for almost ten minuets longer to bake but it did not come out soggy at all nor did it burn :)

  9. avatar kelly says:

    so when your making the cake you don’t put the eggs, water or oil in it just the sprite??

  10. avatar Gem says:

    Oh wow. I tried to make it for my boyfriends birthday, and it was a DISASTER. It was flat and soggy whilst kinda burnt, he ended up spitting it out :(
    Atleast it was a laugh I guess. I’m sorry but this recipe is terrible!

  11. avatar Anna Patrick says:

    Any carbonated soda as long as it’s colorless!

  12. avatar Gem says:

    Can you use fanta instead? Or do you HAVE to use sprite?

  13. avatar stella says:

    cute! rainbow cupcakes would be cute for a baby shower

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