Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels.

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King Cake Dip! Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels. | HomemadeHooplah.com

About King Cake Dip

Seriously, could there be any more events and holidays next week? First, we have the super bowl on February 7th (and if you’re still planning your game day menu, might I make a few suggestions?), then Chinese New Year on February 8th, and then there’s Mardi Gras on February 9th.

Yeesh.

Who knew February was so festive?

Now, for most of these holidays, you can celebrate them no matter where you are.

I mean, sure, having a seat at Levi’s Stadium sure would be nice, but you’ll be able to enjoy the big game (and all of the commercials!) just as much from your own living room. And I’m sure being in China for the Chinese New Year is the absolute best way to experience it, but you can also bring the same festivities, traditions, and food to wherever you are in the world.

But Mardi Gras?

Oh, I’m sure you could try to recreate the experience in your midwestern town, and you might even come close to capturing the spirit, but I don’t think there could ever be a true replacement to celebrating Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy. I know for me, it’s on my bucket list of things I need to do before I’m 40. Thankfully, this little blog gives me the perfect excuse to experience at least a small part of Mardi Gras: the food! And for my favorite Mardi Gras recipe I learned about this year?

You guessed it – King Cake!

King Cake is typically very doughy (like bread) and flavored with caramel and pecans. In a way, it reminds me of a large cinnamon roll or monkey bread. It’s typically also topped with white icing and purple, green, and yellow sprinkles.

And I thought about making a King Cake. I really, really did. I even wanted to, had it all planned out. But early one morning I had a flash of inspiration… could I make a King Cake…  dip?

Because if you frequent this blog, you know how much I love my dessert dips.

I love finding ways to turn otherwise complicated or decadent desserts into easy dips, and King Cake seemed like a perfect candidate.

I opted to make a simple cake batter dip that’s topped with caramel and pecans. Easy to make and it has the right caramel flavor.

King Cake Dip! Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels. | HomemadeHooplah.com

But what really shines in this recipe? The festive candy coated pretzels. They had just the right amount of salty sweet substance to make it worthy of the King Cake name. Plus, they turned out so pretty!

King Cake Dip! Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels. | HomemadeHooplah.com

No matter where you’re celebrating, this dip makes it easy to have a little piece of Mardi Gras at your next party (whether it be the 7th, the 8th, or whenever!)

King Cake Dip! Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels. | HomemadeHooplah.comKing Cake Dip! Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

King Cake Dip! Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels. | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.56 from 9 votes

King Cake Dip

1 hr prep
521 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
Enjoy this Mardi Gras favorite the easy way: cake batter dip topped with caramel and pecans, then served with candy and sprinkle dipped pretzels.

Ingredients 

Mardi Gras Pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cup candy melts in purple, yellow, and green
  • 20 pretzels small
  • 3 oz sprinkles in purple, yellow, and green
King Cake Dip

Instructions

For the Mardi Gras Pretzels
  • For the pretzels, set up your work area to work through one color at a time. Fill a with sprinkles, and set nearby. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
  • Add candy melts to a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave per package instructions until smooth.
  • Dip a pretzel in the melted candy, then use a fork to scoop the pretzel out, tapping the fork on the side of the bowl to remove any excess candy. Pretzels should be covered but candy coating should be thin. Drop the pretzel in the bowl with the sprinkles and use a spoon to toss and coat the pretzel. Using another fork, lift the pretzel out of the sprinkles and shake to remove any excess. Place coated pretzel on prepared baking sheet to dry.
  • Repeat this process until all colors have been used and pretzels are coated.
For the King Cake Dip
  • While pretzels harden, add cool whip and cheesecake to the bowl of a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + small bowl). Beat mixture on low until combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Keeping speed on low, add in milk and white cake mix and blend for another 2-3 minutes until dip creamy and there are no more clumps from the cake mix.
  • Add dip to a serving bowl. If you're keeping with the King Cake tradition, bury a small plastic baby within the dip. Traditionally, whoever finds the baby has to host next year's party. Finish by drizzling top of dip with caramel sauce and chopped pecans.
  • Serve dip immediatley with candy coated pretzels.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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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48 comments

    • Noelle
    • 5 stars

    Love the mardi gras colors! So festive and delicious

    • Shannah
    • 5 stars

    I love the fun pretzels! Great tips on how to make them so festive. This dip with the caramel, goodness so yummy!!

    • Susan
    • 5 stars

    Such a tasty recipe! Thanks for the tips on how to get the pretzels perfectly covered in sprinkles.

    The caramel sauce and pecan toppings are perfect.

    • Tisha
    • 5 stars

    This Kings cake looks incredible!!! Absolutely so perfect for a Mardi Gras celebration!!!!

    • Rebecca

    I have researched it and we are not supposed to consume uncooked cake mix out of the box. Uncooked flour can pose health problems

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    • Debra

    Looks and sounds delish. I’m not a baker, but did I miss the part of baking the “cake”. My very first king cake I tried to make from scratch was from the N.O. Times Picayune Food section. The recipe forgot to mention to put the eggs in, of course I followed the recipe to a “T” and I baked a door stop, not a king cake. So, I’m just wondering about the raw cake batter. Thanks!

      • Pat

      Seriously? This is not a cake. There is no baking involved? SMH Good grief. Did you read the directions?

    • Brooke

    Does the 6 serving size ingredient fill up the trifle bowl or did you double? I’m making for a carry in and wanted to be sure I would have enough?