Tie Dye Icing Recipe

If you love a fun and fresh take on colored icing, this amazing Tie Dye icing recipe may be just for you! Tie Dye icing may look intimidating to some bakers out there, but if you follow this easy to use recipe you can be sure to easily add a little bit of flare to any baked treat you like.


  • 2 sticks of Unsalted Butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • About four different colors food coloring
  • One large Pastry bag
  • Icing tip
  • Spatula
  • Paint brush for food
  • Cupcake, cake or dessert to put icing on (obviously!)

Step One: Making Vanilla Icing

Begin by placing your unsalted butter into a large mixing bowl. The butter should be thawed to at least room temperature to make the mixing process easier.

Whip your unsalted butter on your mixers highest setting until it has reached a fluffy consistency. This will usually take a few minutes. If you don’t have a mixing machine, you can alternatively use a whisk and a ton of elbow grease to get the butter to the right consistency.

After the butter has reached the correct consistency, add in your confectioners sugar. Slowly add the sugar to the mixing bowl. If too much is added at one time, you risk making a huge mess in your kitchen or leaving clumps in your icing.

When your sugar has been totally mixed into your butter, add your vanilla extract to complete the icing. Now all you have to do is whip the icing mix on high for another few minutes until it gets to your preferred consistency.

Step Two: Prepping Your Bag

Once your icing has been made, you can move on to the second step in our processes. This step will have you make use of your brush and pastry bag.

Begin by placing the frosting tip into your pastry bag and folding back the edges. Grab your paintbrush and begin to paint the inside of your bag with your food coloring. The food coloring should be painted on in stripes for best effect.

Be sure to leave about an inch between your colors in the icing bag. This will help the tie dye effect really pop out when the icing is placed onto a cake or pastry!

Once the bag has been painted, scoop your icing into the bag with your trusty spatula. Be very careful not to disrupt the lines you painted on or your tie dye pattern will become a smudge dye pattern! Twist the bag and test out or tie dye pattern by squeezing some of the icing onto a plate or test pastry.

If the icing came out correctly, you should have a beautiful tie dye pattern to use with your pastry!

Alternative Method

If you don’t have a brush to use, don’t worry! You can still make this delicious and beautiful icing.

Follow all of the steps listed in step one. When your icing is completed, instead of painting the inside of you pastry bag with the the food coloring, grab a few bowls out of the cupboard. Place a generous amount of icing into each bowl, and begin to add food coloring. Each bowl should be a different color.

Grab your frosting bag and add the icing into it. For best results, I like to add a little bit of each color at a time. This really helps to make the tie dye pattern come out nicely.

If you are looking for a constant tie dye pattern, you can fill the bag in sections. This creates a constant pattern that doesn’t change as you utilize your frosting.

Image taken from: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/tie-dye-cupcakes/aa9dd3be-c90c-4ce4-bde6-3aaa3bcf655b

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