Some years ago I saw a tie-dyed cake in a Woman's World magazine that I'd planned to make for my daughter. Of course, each year it was forgotten until I already purchased one from a bakery or made something else. I had recently seen one done on a blog that reminded me of that cake, and, luckily I came across it in time for her birthday this year, which is tomorrow. Since she won't be home for her birthday we decided to have it tonight. While it's not nearly as lovely as the one I'd seen in the magazine or that blog, it was appreciated all the same.
Tie-Dye Cake was made simply using a white cake mix made by following the directions on the box. Divide the batter up into three (or more if you'd like) bowls. Choose the colors of gel food dye that you'd like - I used Wilton brand - and, using a toothpick or two, add a bit of the dye to each bowl, stirring and adding more until your batter reaches your desired shade. Preheat your oven to temperature designated on the box and prepare your baking pans. (I like Crisco to make for an easy release after cooling.) Then just drop blops of batter into your pans and do a quick swirl by dragging a butter knife through.
Bake for time directed. Allow to cool completely.