How to Make a Two Toned Cake

I love cutting into a cake and being surprised by what I find inside. I have seen incredible cakes that include rainbow layered cakes, cakes with candy inside and cakes with multi-colors. I have discovered how to make some of these crazy and awesome cakes and most of them are much easier than you might think. Today I want to share with you how to make a two toned cake. It is by far the easiest to make and you can get really creative with your colors.

How to Make a Two Toned Cake

How to Make a Two Toned Cake
Recipe Type: Two Toned Cake
Cuisine: Desert
Author: House of Fauci’s
How to make a two toned cake
  • Box of White Cake Mix along with the ingredients it asks for
  • Food Coloring (I used pink)- but the color choice is yours
  • 2 containers of icing
  1. Mix cake mix as directed
  2. Divide cake mix into 2 bowls
  3. Decide what color you want to use- I used red food coloring
  4. Drop around 8-10 food coloring drops into one bowl of cake mix and stir- If you want it darker use more, if you want it lighter use less
  5. Prepare 2 pans (I coat mine with Crisco and then coat with flour)
  6. Using a tablespoon, plop a spoonful of white cake mix into the middle of the pan (DO NOT SHAKE THE PAN)
  7. Then using another tablespoon, plop a spoonful of pink (or color of choice) cake mix onto the middle of the white cake mix (DO NOT SHAKE)
  8. Continue doing this, but also make sure to go back forth between both cake pans so you have an even amount of cake mix between both pans
  9. After the cake mix has been used, bake as directed according to cake mix instructions
  10. Once cake has cooled, remove from cake pans and ice

Simple Steps on How To Make a Two Tone Cake


This cake is so easy to make and also fun. I love that you can get creative with it and use more than 2 colors. My biggest tip for making this cake is to allow the cake mix to spread itself, do not shake it.

Two Toned Cake


Written by: Aimee Fauci


  1. What a fun and easy way to make a simple boxed cake look fancy!

  2. This cake looks so delicious! I think making this would be fun.

  3. So fun! I may have to try this sometime soon.

  4. This is a lovely cake! I can see myself making this for baby showers!

  5. I’ve done this before too and was so surprised the colors didn’t mix! Your came out really nice. 🙂

  6. Very fun! I love how you can do so many different color combinations!

  7. So fun! My kids love to make cupcakes like this, makes a mess but we love it anyway!

  8. Debbie Denny says

    This is cute and tasty. I will have to try that.

  9. What a cute cake. I’ve always wondered how to do this.

  10. How pretty! I love the concept of a two toned cake! Yum!

  11. This is so neat. I bet it would look cool if you added tons of other colors too! Good job!

  12. This cake is adorable! It looks extremely tasty too!

  13. This cake looks great. I have never made a two toned cake. I can’t wait to try it.

  14. Super cute! I’ll bet if you used three colors it would look tiedyed!

  15. What a fun idea! I might have to make a zebra themed cake using this tutorial for my niece who is obsessed with zebras.

  16. I love this cake, it would be perfect for Valentines. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. This looks SO delish! Pinning!

  18. I cannot believe how EASY this is…LOVE it and it looks so pretty! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  19. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this!

  20. This looks easy and delicious! A two toned cake is perfect for any occasion, especially for a kids party! Thanks for sharing your secret!

  21. Oh my goodness, your cake turned out so cute! My daughter has a birthday coming up in February so I’m going to set this aside to try 🙂

  22. Your cake looks awesome! I’m going to do this for hubby for Valentine’s Day.

  23. Very pretty! I like this for Valentines day in the colors shown.

  24. Love this! It seems so easy with your tutorial! Thank you for sharing. I think I might get all crazy and do a purple and white cake inside with chocolate icing! Purple being my favorite color and chocolate icing is just the best! 🙂

  25. Oh yumfest! I’m not really into baking but my sister is. Will have to share this recipe with her for the next time she bakes us a cake!!

  26. Pretty cool. I don’t bake, but I wondered how bakers made the cakes with different colors. I’ll have to try it out.

  27. I thought it would be WAY messier than it was. That is so easy. IT looks good!

  28. This two toned cake is not only pretty but it looks delicious. I love the swirl inside.

  29. I have never made a two toned cake or a two flavored cake but now I know how and I might just give this a try real soon. Your cake looks so pretty.

  30. I have only made marble cakes but have never thought to use other colors! Thanks for the great idea!

  31. The one time I attempted something like this, my colors got a little too mixed in. Yours turned out great.

  32. I love the way the cake looks, the pink is so beautiful and it sure does look yummy!

  33. I have always wanted to try making a multi colored cake. i will have to try making one this weekend. I did not think it would be this easy.

  34. I’m not much of a baker. Kiddo isn’t here full time so I don’t usually want to make a cake that is going to sit around calling my name all the time. I could buy a white Jiffy mix as dye it with food color so we could have a small swirl cake. I am surprised at how simple this really is.

  35. That looks like fun and so delicious! I love the pink! Is that the same as marble cake?

  36. This looks so fun! I think that this would be good for so many different occasions!

  37. two toned caked are just so pretty for any occasion! it looks yummy too

  38. Wow, that is awesome! I will have to try making it!

  39. Yum. I love the pink. This looks great I need to try it, I haven’t yet but have always wanted to!

  40. That is such a cool idea! I have always loved fancy cakes like this but never knew how to make one.

  41. Oh my goodness this looks delicious – I am going to have to try and make a two tone cake I think 🙂 x

  42. Very neat! The possibilities are really endless with this idea, aren’t they?!

  43. Just that easy? I’ve been missing out. I’m totally making one for when everyone is here visiting. Maybe green and red!

  44. So pretty! I love adding extra colors to mine. Yours looks so moist and yummy.

  45. Oh wow this is cool! I would have thought the colors would mix but it turned out great!

  46. What a yummy and fun looking cake! Prefect cake to have on Christmas day!

  47. Aimee, that is too cute! What a great idea and easy. Love the frosting and crushed peppermint. Pinning! Merry Christmas

  48. Don’t you just hate when you need to photo your food creation and the family or party guests are all standing around begging? 🙂 I think your photos are great and the cake is adorable and so festive looking.

  49. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I have made a marble cake, which is similar, but I have never made one with other colors. I love the idea of it.

  50. My girls love two toned cakes so much. They pick two colors and I bake them that way. It is their special treat!

  51. Ok, I have to admit that I have ALWAYS questioned how this was done, and now my mind is blown. Birthdays around the house are about to get #crazy

    • says

      It is so easy and sadly my picture did not turn out great because there were 17 girls waiting to get cake and I really couldn’t say.. Hey, girls, I need to cut this cake real pretty and go out and take 15 pictures of it outside.. hee hee

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