Everything is better with sprinkles, and this funfetti cake batter dip proves it! With only four ingredients and five minutes of your time, you can have a fun party treat that’s easy to customize with the perfect sprinkles to fit the occasion. Serve it with cookies or fruit for dipping!
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About Funfetti Cake Batter Dip
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from making this funfetti cake batter dip, it’s that people tend to fall in one of two categories:
Those who love sprinkles, and those who very much do not.
I already know what many of you are thinking, and yes, it is true: there are people in this crazy world who do not like sprinkles. In fact, I happen to be related to one of them.
I lived in the same house with my mother for 24 years but never knew of her aversion to these tiny bits of colored candy until more than 10 years later when she was helping me plan recipes for this food blog.
The conversation that lead to this revelation went a little something like this:
Me: “I’m going to make a cake batter dip.”
Her: “Will it have sprinkles?”
Her: *makes a Gollum-like retching sound*
Gotta hand it to my mother. She certainly doesn’t mince words (or sounds).
But to get to the point, this conversation with my mother made me realize that there are people who do not like sprinkles, so I decided to make two different versions of this cake batter dip.
So if you’re like my mother and prefer to pretend that sprinkles do not exist, then this cake batter dip was made especially for you.
However, if you’re more like me and think of sprinkles as your precious, then read on my friend, because you’re about to get all the sprinkles you can handle.
Can you use out of date cake mix?
Usually, the best recipe ideas strike you when you don’t have time to go shopping and you’re left raiding your cabinets for options. And during your search, you’re bound to run across something that looks fine but has a date that’s long since passed.
That’s exactly what happened to me recently when I was hunting for cake mix.
So, when it comes to expired cake mix, what do you do? Can you use it or not?
First off, make sure that the cake mix you have has been properly stored. This means that it’s been in a cool, dry place, and that either the seal in still intact or that it’s been stored in a sealed container since it was opened.
Once you confirm the storage, check the date printed on the package. Cake mix is typically good four to five months beyond the “best by” date.
If you have a product that’s older than this, I would not recommend using it for something like a dip. If you’d like to read more about the concerns of expired cake mix, check out this article.
What kind of sprinkles should be used?
When it comes to sprinkles, you can use any type that you like, but I’d recommend something similar to the type pictured.
This means the sprinkles should be tiny bits of colorful candy, made in any shape or color.
I do not recommend using sanding sugar as the dip itself will quickly absorb the color.
Can you make this dip in advance?
One of the most common questions I get about dessert dips is whether or not you can make them in advance. I totally understand why someone would want to do this, as it’s easier to prepare treats for a party the night before than scrambling to get everything done the day of the event.
The good news is that the answer to this question is almost always yes. BUT, each dip has its own considerations depending on the ingredients.
In the case of this funfetti dip, the ingredients you want to be careful of are the cake mix, cheesecake pudding mix, and the sprinkles.
While making this dip, you may notice that the consistency will change significantly once the milk is added to the dry mixes. That’s because adding the milk starts the process of the cake and pudding mix absorbing any available moisture. The idea is that this moisture will come from the milk, but over time, it will also start to draw moisture from the cool whip. This means that the dip will continue to thicken even after you’re done mixing. Because of this, if you plan to make this dip in advance, I recommend adjusting the white cake mix from 2/3 cup to 1/2 cup.
Another thing to be careful of is are the sprinkles. Even if you use the type pictured here, the sprinkles will eventually begin to soften and their color will bleed into the white of the dip. So if you’re making this dip in advance, I would recommend waiting to add the sprinkles until just before serving.
To refrigerate this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure the lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two days. Before serving, allow dip to soften a bit at room temperature. If dip seems too firm, try mixing in a tablespoon of milk (up to a maximum of three tablespoons). Once the dip is soft, stir in sprinkles as desired.
To freeze this dip: Add dip to a bowl with a sealable lid. Secure the lid and store in the freezer for up to one month. Before serving, allow dip to thaw in the refrigerator for one to two days, then allow dip to soften at room temperature before serving. If dip still seems too firm, try mixing a tablespoon of milk (up to a maximum of three tablespoons). Once the dip is soft, stir in sprinkles as desired.
What to serve with funfetti dip?
After making as many dessert dips as I have, you start to get a feeling for what goes best with these ultra creamy treats.
Below are some of my best suggestions. Feel free to try one (or as many) as you like!
- Nilla Wafers
- Sugar Cookies
- Graham Crackers
- Cubes of pound cake
- Golden Oreos
- Ladyfinger cookies
- Gingersnap Cookies
- Crumbled waffle cones
- Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
This list could go on and on. If you find a new combination for dipping, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
How long can you leave out a dessert dip?
As with any appetizer, you should keep track of how long it has been sitting out at room temperature.
For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature, which is how this dip will be served.
As the party goes on, you can move your dip back to the refrigerator once you get past the two-hour mark. If your guests still want more dip, let it chill for at least 30 minutes before bringing it back out again.
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Funfetti Cake Batter Dip
- Keeping speed on medium-low, add milk to bowl and continue to whip until milk is fully incorporated and dip is thick and creamy.
- Remove bowl from mixer and add sprinkles. Gently fold in sprinkles with a spatula.
- Scoop dip into a serving bowl and decorate the top with more sprinkles. Serve immediately cookies or fruit for dipping.
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.