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 a 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 Tip-A (big round tip)) 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.
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