This creepy Halloween brain dip is made with a creamy red velvet cake dip base that's topped with cream cheese frosting piped in the shape of a wrinkly brain.
Cream Cheese Frosting ‣ 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened ‣ 3 ounce cream cheese, softened ‣ 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar ‣ 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract ‣ red food coloring Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip ‣ 8 ounce cream cheese, softened ‣ 1/2 cup salted butter, softened ‣ 1 1/2 cup dry red velvet cake mix ‣ 1/2 cup powdered sugar ‣ 2 tablespoon light brown sugar ‣ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ‣ red food coloring, (optional – only if you want a deeper red) ‣ ladyfinger cookies, for dipping
Prepare the cream cheese frosting by whipping together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. If you’d like the dip to be pink in color, add a few drops of red food coloring.
If you’d like the brains to appear “bloody”, use a paintbrush or butter knife to smear red food coloring down the sides of a pastry bag with a large, round piping tip.
Add the cream cheese frosting to your prepared pastry bag, then chill the frosting for 30 minutes (helps firm up the frosting which will make decorating easier).
While the frosting chills, prepare the red velvet cake dip by whipping together the cream cheese, salted butter, red velvet cake mix, powdered sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, and red food coloring.
Add the red velvet dip to a serving bowl of your choice, smoothing the top of the dip out into a dome.
Pipe the frosting on top of the red velvet cake dip into a brain-like pattern. Tip: Always pipe frosting front to back. Start by drawing a line right down the middle, then fill the sides with squiggly lines.
Once decorated, feel free to do some touchups, like painting on more red food coloring for more bloody gore.