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A groovy, tie-dye cake — with colors inside and out — would be fun for an end-of-the-summer party! This cake is a showstopper, but actually just uses a basic marbling technique. You tint four bowls of the batter different colors, put drops of the colored batter on top of the white batter in the cake pan and pull a knife through it, which gives it the “groovy” look.

The frosting is simple, too, just use gel tubes to make hexagon shapes and then a pull a toothpick through them, starting in the center. Skittles around the bottom make it extra colorful!

If you are planning on having a party, a fun idea would be to tie Dye shirts and then serve this cake. I like how the recipe uses buttermilk with the cake mix to make it extra light and fluffy.

Groovy Cake

1 box (18.25 oz.) white cake mix
3 whole eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
Red, blue, green and yellow food coloring
2 (12 ounce) cans whipped vanilla frosting
Assorted colors decorating gel tubes
½ cup Skittles
2 8-inch round cake pans

1. Blend cake mix with eggs, oil, and buttermilk. Spoon 1/2 cup of batter into four separate bowls. Tint each bowl a different color, set aside. Divide remaining white batter between two greased and flour cake pans. Drop spoonfuls of tinted batter randomly over the white batter. Gently pull tip of a knife through batters, creating a marbling effect.

2. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven until golden and an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean, approximately 28-31 minutes. Cool cakes completely.

3. Trim the tops of the cakes, leveling them. Sandwich the layers together with frosting and set on serving plate. Spread remaining frosting over sides and top of cakes. Using photos as your guide, pipe concentric hexagon shapes of different sizes and colors on the sides and top of the cake. Gently pull the tip of a toothpick through the frosting (not the cake), starting in the center of the gel circles. Randomly dot the cake with Skittles.