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!

Author: Anna Patrick


  1. 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

  2. Amanda says:

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

  3. 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?

  4. shaniece says:

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

  5. 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 :)

  6. kelly says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. Anna Patrick says:

    Any carbonated soda as long as it’s colorless!

  9. Gem says:

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

  10. stella says:

    cute! rainbow cupcakes would be cute for a baby shower


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