These Orange and Black Tie Dye Cupcakes are perfect for Halloween dessert. These spooky colored cupcakes are easy to make, and perfect for Halloween parties or fall hay rides.
This easy and kid friendly Halloween recipe is the perfect way to make your holiday a little more Spooktacular. Take these on your trick or treat hayride, and you will have some very happy trick or treaters.
Homemade Tie Dye Cupcakes
I used a premade cake mix to help make these Halloween Cupcakes busy mom friendly. You can also use this recipe to get the kids in the kitchen helping out. Getting your kids into the kitchen with you, not only allows for bonding time, but also helps your children learn life long skills.
Why I Love This Recipe
These orange and black cupcakes are so festive and fun! Not only are they simple to make, but they taste oh so yummy!
- Easy to make
- Fun to make
- Always a hit at parties
If you love festive and easy Halloween recipes, you may also enjoy this Hocus Pocus Brownies recipe.
You only need a few basic pantry staples to make these tasty homemade Tie Dye Cupcakes. You may not even need to make a trip to the grocery store.
- yellow cake mix
- Vegetable Oil
- Red, yellow, and black food coloring
- Vanilla frosting
- Halloween sprinkles
You can find the amounts that you will need for this recipe, below in the recipe card.
Cream Cheese Frosting: Use cream cheese frosting, if your family prefers.
- Large mixing bowl
- Two small mixing bowls
- Muffin tin
- Cupcake liners
- Piping bag or storage bag
How to Make Tie Dye Cupcakes
These homemade tie dye cupcakes come together in just 9 easy steps. So, easy even, the kids can help make these tasty Halloween cupcakes.
Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare your muffin tin.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then, line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Step 2: Mix your cupcake batter
Add cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs to a large bowl and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Color your black batter
Divide the cake batter between two smaller bowls. Add black food coloring to one bowl and store well, until the color is consistent. To get this color dark, I used about 20 black coloring drops.
Step 4: Color your orange batter
Add red and yellow food coloring to one bowl and stir well, until the color is consistent, and as dark as you want. I used 20 drops of red and 12 drops of yellow.
Step 5: Fill your cupcake liner
Use a spoon to drop a small spoonful of orange batter into each cupcake liner. Next, use a spoon to drop a small spoonful of black batter into each cupcake liner. Alternate between the two colors until you have filled each cupcake liner halfway, and you have run out of cake batter.
Step 6: Bake the cupcakes
Lightly tap the pan down on the counter to even the batter out, and place the pans in the oven. Bake for 12-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.
Step 7: Cool the cupcakes
When cupcakes are done, set the pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes from the pan to cool completely.
Step 8: Make the orange frosting
Now it’s time to color your frosting orange. I used 12 drops of red and 8 drops of yellow.
Step 9: Frosting the cupcakes
Set a piping bag or ziploc bag up with a frosting tip (if desired), and set it in a large cup to fill with frosting. Frost cupcakes, and add sprinkles.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: Add in two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to your cupcake batter if you want some pumpkin flavor.
Food Coloring: Change up the colors of your food coloring, to make your holiday.
Looking for a creative way to top these festive orange and black cupcakes? Here are some of my favorite ideas.
- Candy Corn
- Candy Pumpkins
- Spider Rings
- Jack O Lantern Faces
Do you have questions about Halloween Tie Dye Cupcakes? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Store your orange and black cupcakes on the counter in an airtight container for up to 3 three days. Or in the fridge for up to one week.
Yes, freeze these cupcakes by wrapping them tightly and then storing in the freezer for up to three months.
Absolutely, you can use any color of food coloring that matches your party or holiday.
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Tie Dye Cupcakes
- Muffin Tin
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 2 Small mixing bowls
- Cupcake Liners
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 Eggs
- food coloring red, yellow, and black food coloring
- 1 can Vanilla frosting
- Halloween sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Add cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs to a large bowl and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
- Divide mixture between two smaller bowls.
- Add black food coloring to one bowl and stir well, until the color is consistent, and as dark as you want. I used 20 drops.
- Add red and yellow food coloring to one bowl and stir well, until the color is consistent, and as dark as you want. I used 20 drops of red and 12 drops of yellow.
- Use a spoon to drop a small spoonful of orange batter into each cupcake liner.
- Next, use a spoon to drop a small spoonful of black batter into each cupcake liner.
- Alternate between the two colors until you have filled each cupcake liner halfway, and you have run out of cake batter.
- Lightly tap the pan down on the counter to even the batter out, and place the pans in the oven.
Need to run to the store for a few ingredients first? Don’t forget to pin this recipe so you can find it when you’re ready to cook!