This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping.

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Brain Dip! This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Brain Dip

I don’t know what it is about this year, but I’ve been having a blast with Halloween.

Between my annual movie marathon to coming up with fun recipes to dressing up our dachshunds (yes, sadly, I’m one of “those” people), I simply can’t get enough of all the creepy festivities. I wish the build up for Halloween lasted longer than 30 days, but alas, it will soon be over.

So, naturally, I’m trying to make the absolute best of the spooky time we have.

And the newest addition to my Halloween craziness? Brain Dip!

What I love most about this dip is that not only is it perfect for a Halloween party, but it’s also a bit of a mystery.

Sure, it looks like a brain – but what’s in it? What’s it made of? Is it savory or sweet?

For the regular readers of this little blog, I’m sure you can probably already guess: it’s a delicious dessert dip.

Brain Dip! This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

The red center (as seen in the above video) is made with red velvet cake batter dip. It has a thicker consistency than the other dessert dips I’ve posted, but that was what made it such a perfect fit for this recipe.

The brain design on top was made with cream cheese frosting (already a popular pairing with red velvet). I highly recommend picking up this Wilton large round decorating tip and some large pastry bags. It will make life SO much easier.

Brain Dip! This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

And, finally, I opted to use ladyfinger cookies for dipping…  cause it just seemed to make sense? Ladyfingers are a mild cookie, so you don’t have to worry about the cookie + dip combo being “too” sweet.

Plus, using ladyfingers seemed to go along with the human body part theme of brain dip.

Brain Dip! This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

notes & tips for this Halloween dip recipe

More fun dessert dips

Brain Dip! This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Brain Dip! This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.45 from 9 votes

Brain Dip

25 mins prep
833 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
This creepy Halloween dip is as tasty as it is fun! Red velvet cake batter dip is covered in cream cheese frosting and served with ladyfingers for dipping.

Ingredients 

Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

Instructions

For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), add in cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high until smooth and fluffy, about 2-5 minutes.
  • Drop speed to medium and slowly add in powdered sugar, about a 1/2 cup at a time, until thoroughly mixed. If desired, add a small amount of food coloring to frosting so that it's pale pink in color.
  • If you'd like the brains to appear bloody, use this tutorial for how you can line an pastry bag with food coloring. Tip: I did not use a brush to apply the food coloring - I just used the edge of a butter knife.
  • Prepare your icing bag (with a large, round tip - I used ) and fill it with the prepared cream cheese frosting. Place the icing bag in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so the icing can firm up (this will help the frosting keep its shape better). If you refrigerate the icing for longer than 30 minutes, you may need to let the icing soften for 30 minutes before using. Tip: Test frosting on a plate before using.
For the Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip
  • While the icing chills, prepare the cake batter dip. Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + medium bowl), add in cream cheese and butter then beat on medium-high until smooth and fluffy, about 2-5 minutes.
  • Drop speed to medium and slowly add in the dry red velvet cake mix, powdered sugar, and brown sugar until thoroughly mixed. If you'd like the dip to be a deeper red, you can try adding a few drops of red food coloring (can go up to 1 tablespoon of food coloring total if needed).
  • Place red velvet cake batter dip in your chosen serving bowl and smooth the top into a dome (see above video for example). Dip can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to eat. If dip has been refrigerated, let dip thaw or at least 1 hour before serving.
Putting it all together
  • Pipe icing on top of red velvet cake batter dip in the design of a brain (see above video for reference).
  • Serve immediately with ladyfingers (or other cookie of your choice) for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 75g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 2.1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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18 comments

    • ashley nickerson

    I’m planning on making this for a Halloween party and I’m just curious why it needs to be served immediately? The party starts at 6pm and I was planning on making this around 2pm, would this be too early?

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    • Stacey

    Can you post the recipe? Did I miss the link?

    • Hey Stacey! The recipe card is on this page – it’s just above the comment section. The recipe card has a few blocky sections with a black background & white text, so if you find those you’ll be in the right place. Hope that helps!

    • Tasha

    OMG!!! My mind is screaming ewww but at the same time thinking how great this will be for my halloween party!! Definitely going to give this a try!

    • katie

    this is absolutely amazing!!!! Looks scary, but sounds yummy!!! great idea!

    • Cait Weingartner

    This is such a fun idea for a Halloween party! Kids of all ages will just love it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amanda @bephoenixfit

    That is really disgusting, but my kids would love it!!

    • Lauren

    This is so cool! I bet my kids and nephews would love it!!

    • Maggie Unzueta

    How cool is that! My 9yo and his buddies would love this.

    • Thanks, Maggie! And yeah, it’d be perfect for a kid’s party – creepy and still fun and tasty 😀