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Monster Tie Dye Cake

Preparation 1 h Cook Time 4 h Serves 1 cake     adjust servings

It's almost Halloween, and this adorably spooky monster cake is perfect for your party! You'll love how simple and easy it is to make!


  • 3 boxes vanilla cake mix
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp orange food coloring gel
  • 1-2 teaspoons purple food coloring gel
  • 1-2 Tbsp green food coloring gel
  • nonstick baking spray
  • 2 batches Our Favorite Vanilla Buttercream (see notes section of this recipe for link)
  • 5 orange suckers
  • 5 large edible candy eyes
  • 10 candy corn


In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine cake mixes with eggs water and oil. Separate batter into 3 bowls. Tint one with 1 Tbsp orange coloring, one purple and one green. Mix until batter is fully colored.
Spray 3 GoodCook AirPerfect 9" Round Cake Pans with nonstick baking spray. With a Sweet Creations cookie scoop, place dollops of each different batter color around each cake pan, alternating colors, until batter has been evenly disbursed. Bake at 350°F for 24-28 minutes, or just until cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove and cool completely.
Prepare buttercream frosting, tint orange.
With a serrated knife, cut cooled cakes in half through the center of each cake, spread a thin layer of frosting between each layer and arrange on a cake plate, frosting and stacking until all rounds have been frosted and stacked. Cover with a thin crumb coat of frosting. Refrigerate until firm.
Transfer remaining icing into an OodleTips icing bag. Snip off the top of OodleTip bag, pipe long strips of "fur" onto the top and sides of the cake. Refrigerate until frosting is set, about 1 hour.
Place a small dot of icing on each of the suckers and affix edible candy eyes.
Just before serving, press suckers into the top of the cake. Press candy corns into the front of cake to create a monster "smile".

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