How to Make Tie Dye Fondant

by Shailynn Krow ; Updated September 28, 2017

Tie dye patterns are made from different colors twisted together.

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Items you will need

  • Ready to roll fondant
  • Ziploc bag
  • Blue, green, purple, yellow, red and orange gel colors
  • Cornstarch
  • Fondant rolling pin
  • Gloves, optional

Tie dye is a retro clothing style that made its first appearance in the fashion world in the 1970s. This style consists of multiple colors twisted together to create a rainbow pattern. Tie dye patterns traditionally consist of bright yellow, orange, green, blue, red and purple, but you can also create a tie dye pattern using pastel colors. Create tie dye patterns for cakes, cupcakes and cookies by adding various colors to your fondant.

Step 1

Pull out the desired amount of fondant from the packaging. Split the fondant into six equal pieces.

Step 2

Place five pieces in a Ziploc bag to keep them from drying out. Dye the remaining piece of fondant blue using a drop of gel color. Use gloves to protect your hands from being dyed. Work the color into the fondant by twisting the fondant into a snake-shape. Knead the remaining color through the piece of fondant after the color has been twisted through evenly. Place the piece of fondant back in the Ziploc bag.

Step 3

Wash the color off your hands or change your gloves so that you do not contaminate colors. Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of fondant and dyes.

Step 4

Dust a work surface lightly with cornstarch. Roll each piece of colored fondant into a log shape and place the pieces side by side together.

Step 5

Press the logs together so that the dyed fondant pieces stick together. Hold one hand at each end of the logs and begin twisting the fondant logs together to create a spiral of colors. Fold the spiral in half and press it down with your hands. Twist the fondant again and fold it back into itself until you can see a tie dye pattern formed in the fondant.

Step 6

Form the mixed fondant into a ball. Dust the work surface with a coating of cornstarch. Roll out the fondant ball using a fondant rolling pin to the desired thickness.

Step 7

Use cookie cutters to cut out tie dye shapes for cupcakes and cookies or place the fondant on top of a prefrosted cake for a tie dye cake.

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About the Author

Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.