It all started, innocently enough - like most things do - in Target.
She spotted this cake mix, and all bets were off. This was it, she declared. THE cake she simply MUST have for her birthday. No Barbie body in a circle mold, no frilly ribbons and flowers and no girls stuff -
just bright, flamboyant cake.
I bought the cake, and as soon as we got home, she changed her mind. No, she still wanted this cake, but instead of a circle of color - difficult enough as that would be - she decided that a party wasn't really a party unless the guests each had their own tie dye cupcake and they were given multiple icing choices and decorating geegaws and basically allowed to freehand and overdose on the sugar.
Cupcakes, I thought to myself. I bet I can do this in cupcake form. Can't be THAT difficult.
The first thing I did was make the cake mix and divide it into six different baggies.
No, wait. The first thing I did was post the picture on Facebook, and a discussion ensued as to the difficulty of making this particular cake in cupcake form. The general consensus was that it was not going to be pretty.
The color came in gel form, in three teeny, tiny tubes, and I had a brief thought as to the best way to mix it. I finally decided baggies were it - hell, that's how I mix frosting colors, so it'd be easy - and divied the cake mix into six baggies, which I then set inside cups. I dropped the color in - here's a tip, if you decide to do this: there's not enough of the gel to accommodate the directions. So do the ones that require combining - the orange and the purple and the green - and then finish with whatever amount you have left for the solids - the red, blue and yellow. It won't diminish the primary colors at all, but if you did it the other way, your mixed colors might be off due to an uneven balance of color.
Drop the color in the bag, seal it carefully - making sure to get all of the air out - and knead it until the color is combined.
And then we got busy layering color according to the directions on the box. By keeping the different colors in the baggies, and just clipping the end of the bag off, I was able to (somewhat) control the dispersement of the colors. Cake batter is more runny than frosting - the only other medium I've ever tried to control via baggie. Note to self.
And, it worked. Totally. I thought for sure the colors would all meld together - but it worked.
The party was a smashing success, if by "Smashing Success" you mean ten girls hopped up on tie dye cupcakes, 8 containers of sprinkles and other toppings, four tubs of frosting also dyed riotously bright, ice cream, lemonade, baby dolls and Rainbow looms all over the house, a sister who wanted to control every minute for every guest, an overstimulated hostess who stormed off in the middle of the party who screamed and slammed her bedroom door, and a mom who wished she could do the same.
Good times, y'all.