Rainbow Tie-dye Christmas Wreath Bundt Cake

by Sugar on December 2, 2014 · 69 comments

 Rainbow Tie-dye Christmas Wreath Bundt Cake Print

This beautiful cake is perfect for any holiday party or dinner. Everyone will be so surprised when they slice into it and see the amazing holiday rainbow colors.

Rainbow Tie-dye Christmas Wreath

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Start to Finish: 2 hours

12 servings


  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs, called for on cake mix box
  • McCormick Red food coloring
  • McCormick Green food coloring
  • 1 (12 oz) can Betty Crocker® Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
  • Red and Green colored sprinkles (optional)


Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease a 12-cup tube cake pan. Make cake batter as directed on box.

Pour 1/2 of the batter into a bowl then divide the other half equally into two other bowls. You will be left with 3 bowls of batter. Add some red food coloring to one of the smaller bowls of batter and mix well. Add some green food coloring to the other smaller bowl and mix well.

Pour the bowl containing 1/2 of the white cake batter into the bottom of the greased pan. Carefully pour the red batter over the white batter.  Then carefully pour the green batter over the red batter.

Then pour the rest of the white batter over everything. Do not mix the colors with a spoon just let then fall over the other colors in a ring wherever it lays.

Bake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 3-5 minutes. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack that is placed over a cookie sheet. Cool cake completely, about 30 minutes.

Once cake is cool, equally divide the frosting into 2 bowls. Microwave the white frosting for about 5-10 seconds on high mix well with a spoon until it is smooth enough to drizzle over the cake.

With a spoon, drizzle the white frosting back and forth around the whole ring in a striping pattern until you use all the frosting. Then microwave the other bowl. Before drizzling over cake, mix in a few drops of green food coloring. Then drizzle over the cake, scattering back and forth in the same type of striping pattern. Set cake aside to dry, then serve.


Cooking Tips:

When you add the batter to the tube pan, do not mix with a spoon. Just pour it in so the colors don’t mix but rather, just rest on top of each other in the pan.

A nonstick tube pan makes removing the cake so much easier.

Store loosely covered and unrefrigerated.

Cake can be made a day in advance.

Rita Martinez says:

I’m making this cake for x-mas eve. Thanks for the Ideas.

Sugar says:

Great! Merry Christmas and Enjoy! :)

TwinMama+1inMN says:

Looks yummy and fun! I’m going to try it with a gluten free white cake mix for my 4-year old son. Thinking 2 boxes of GF white cake mix MIGHT work as I think the cake size/package size is smaller. Need to consult the box to be sure though. Just a thought.

Sugar says:

It depends on the size of the pan. Make sure you leave at least two- three inches in the pan for the mix to rise.

Auntie Chele says:

I am so not a baker… but this is too pretty to pass by. I know how to follow the directions on the box, but how do I do that is I’m using 1 1/2 boxes of cake? If I use two boxes will it flow over the pan?

No laughing!

Sugar says:

Yes if you use 2 whole boxes it will overflow. Make two boxes of mix but only use 1 and 1/2 of the mixture for the cake and the rest can be used to make a few cupcakes.

Sabrina says:

If you follow these directions and use 3 bowls of batter, you wont have any white left for the last layer.

Sugar says:

If you are light on mic use two boxes but only half of the second box. Use the rest of the batter for cupcakes. Enjoy!

Sandra says:

Hi, Sugar.

I have tried the Fourth of July version and used Neon McCormick Food Coloring. The pop of color when you slice the cake is worth purchasing additional food coloring that you can use throughout the year for other desserts. I am going to make the Christmas version this year and I like that the icing is green and white, but can use red and white as well. I think the green and white is nicer though because you can see the sprinkles and nonpareils better, than if you used red and white.

Also, I find it is nicer to use 1 1/2 cake mixes because you get a fuller bundt and you can then use the other 1/2 box for a few cupcakes.

Thank you for all of your great recipes and ideas!

Sugar says:

True I like the fuller version too.





Sugar says:

Oh I love those tips. Thanks so much.

michelle says:

love the rainbow cake. when i was nine I made a similar one. I am gonna try the rainbow one YOU make. I bet my three kids would LOVE IT! they loved the cannoli bites!

Sugar says:

Oh I am sure they will love it. Enjoy!

Kristin says:

Hi Sugar, I love watching all of your videos and trying your recipies. I just wanted you to know that I have used your multi color bundt cake concept to make a cameoflauge cake for my hunting loving 16 yr old. I used different shades of green and brown, It turned out great! Thanks for the idea!

Sugar says:

Oh how fun!!! Great idea. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Kaity says:

Can you make this using yellow cake mix?

Sugar says:

The yellow cake mix interferes with the colors a little bit but you can certainly use it.
Give it a try. :)

Kaity says:

It doesn’t really change the color of the cake

Sugar says:

Oh I’m glad it worked. I made two for Christmas and I only had one white cake mix and one yellow and my red wasn’t as red. But I’m glad it worked. :)

Thanks for keeping me posted.


Kolene says:

I love to read all your recipes!!!
I make alot of tube cakes and can’t wait to try yours. I’m making them for all the holidays like, Valentines, St. Patrick’s, Easter, Thanksgiving. I ‘m going to try to flavor the different colors that I use with extracts and see how they blend with the cake flavor. I’ll let you know if it works.
Thanks for your ideas!!!

Sugar says:

Oh Kolene, that sounds great. I’m sure it will be yummy. Keep me posted.

Sugar :)

Stephiny says:

I absoloutely love this desert! I mean for the first time I made this for my kids they loved this dish! Even my husband loved this and the moment I Watched this video I knew i Would not regret what i will make for my family thank you!

Sugar says:


Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m so glad you liked it.


Jerry says:

Made your Halloween “Tie-Dye” cake. It was a hit at both parties!!! Gonna make it again for Mardi Gras. With Green, Purple and Yellow! If the camera is working, I’ll send picks. Love your site! And such great ideas! Yummy!!!

Sugar says:


That is so fun. I do hope I get to see some photos.


Oh wow you strike again! First the Halloween one which had very stunning dark colors and now this. Super fun!

Sugar says:

Erin honey it’s just too pretty and fun to not make one for every holiday.

Sugar :)

Shell says:

Just baked the cake (so thrilled it came out of the pan cleanly), and about to frost it. We’re having it tonight after church, and I’m calling it a birthday cake for Jesus, too. Can’t wait to see the kids’ faces when we cut into it! Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas!

Sugar says:


I’m so glad it came out of the pan cleanly. Thanks for the feedback and be sure to let me know how they liked the cake.

Merry Christmas.


nydea says:

I am so in love with this cake. I made some cup cakes the same way just to test it and make sure i can do it. My kids are so happy about the colors. I think i will try the same way for my daughters birthday.

Sugar says:

Oh how fun. I love that idea of a birthday vesion.

Enjoy and thanks for the feedback.


Val says:

So festive!! This year we will serve this as our Happy Birthday Jesus cake! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Sugar says:


Oh that is the best idea calling it a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake. I have to add that to my description.

Have a Wonderful Christmas and thanks so much for your feedback. It makes my day to know that people are enjoying my ideas.


Laura says:

Love love love this cake!! It comes out so moist and yummy. Thanks for this yummy festive dessert.
Happy Holidays, Laura

Sugar says:

Oh thanks so much for the feedback Laura. I hope you have a great holiday.

Sugar :)

Rowaida says:

Another amazing cake and recipe Thank you Sugar for always inspring us. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes.

Sugar says:

Oh thank you honey and I wish you a lovely Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

God Bless!

Sugar :)

Darlene says:

Thanks! I was wondering if it could be done with just one cake mix! I’ll be making it tonight as a gift for a co worker (who has been begging for his own cake – doesn’t want to share!).
Oh and I like the pictures :)

Sugar says:


It doesn’t come out a big and fluffy as the 1 1/2 cake mix version but it’s fine. You can do it any way you like. That is the fun part of a cake like this.



Cher Frank says:

Ok now I am confused…lol. The recipe on this page calls for 1 cake mix, now you guys are talking about using 2? I know when I made the halloween version I used 2, so what is it here, 1 or 2?

Sugar says:

Oh Cher you are so funny. You can do it any way you like. I used 1 when I did the 4th of July one but 2 when I did the halloween and then 1 for this one. LOL!! I think I like it better with 1 and 1/2. Sorry for all the confusion.

Sugar :)

OMG Such a pretty cake! Lovin’ it :)

Sugar says:

Thank you Zee it is such a pretty treat. Thanks so much for the feedback and have a beautiful holiday.


Sean says:

Great presentation

Sean says:

Your hot to

Sugar says:

Thanks. For the compliment. At my age I’ll take that whenever I can get it. LOL!!

Sugar 😉

Sugar says:

Thanks Sean it’s such a fun cake to make.

Sugar :)

Casey says:

Love your stuff. Can’t wait to try several things out this week but it is so hard to read the recipe through the pictures on your web site.

Sugar says:


Hi, Thanks so much for the feedback. At the bottom of all the recipes is the printer friendly icon. Click on that and then select no images at the top of the page. That will give you the recipe in a printer friendly version with no images. It’s super simple.

Sugar :)

Sugar says:

So glad you found me. :)