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. 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. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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

    • 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?

  3. 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.

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