This Red Velvet Dip is a fantastic cream cheese dip that is perfect for red velvet lovers! It’s creamy, chocolate-y, flavorful and the perfect dip for cookies, pretzels, strawberries and more. It’s just like eating red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.
If you are a red velvet fan, this recipe is a must-make. It is a great way to top off a romantic dinner or have a fun family treat during movie night. If you have a sweet tooth and want to try out some more delicious recipes, try my Polar Bear Cupcakes or these creamy Mini Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes.
I also have a lighter Strawberry Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe that tastes amazing too!
Red Velvet desserts are great for so many holiday themes! Valentine’s Day (of course) but also all the Patriotic holidays such as Fourth of July. It’s equally delectable for a sweet dip on Mother’s Day or a spooky dip for Halloween. This dip fits occasions year round!
If you’re preparing for a family Valentine’s Day celebration, you might like to add this Heart Shaped Cookie Cake, Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins, or these Strawberries & Cream Heart Shaped Rice Krispie Treats too!
So, What Is Red Velvet?
Red Velvet is a typically a type of cake that is distinguished by its deep red color and velvety texture. Of course, we make all kinds of red velvet desserts these days, not just cakes!
The texture is traditionally achieved through adding cocoa powder and buttermilk, giving it an almost fudgy consistency. It became a huge hit in the early 1900’s when bakers learned that adding cocoa powder helped break down the flour, creating a much smoother texture. Other types of cakes were more coarse and chewy.
Back in the day, the cocoa powder reacted with acidic ingredients like vinegar, giving the cake a light red hue. Today, cocoa is still used in making red velvet – giving it a hint of chocolate flavor, but the deep red color we’ve come to know derives from red food coloring.
Want more info? Southern Living Magazine has a fascinating article on the history of red velvet.
Why You’ll Love this Red Velvet Dip
- This recipe is so easy to make! It is a no bake dessert recipe and you can have ready to enjoy in under ten minutes!
- This cake batter dessert dip takes only four ingredients. It is so simple and yet will be a fun treat for everyone who gets to enjoy it with you.
- Its red color makes it a perfect Valentine’s Day recipe to impress your friends and family. You can use different cake mixes to change up the flavor or color for a different holiday!
- You can easily make small servings to gift to your friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Just dish it into small containers and send with a baggie of your favorite treat to dip in it.
- Red velvet cookie dip is a yummy treat for all ages. It’s kid-friendly and yet still delicious for adults!
- Microwave Safe Bowl
- Electric Mixer / Stand Mixer
- Silicone Spatula
- Serving Bowl
All you need are 4 ingredients to make this red velvet cheesecake dip! Awesomeness, right??
CREAM CHEESE: Cream cheese has a subtle sweetness and a perfect texture for this red velvet cake dip. You’ll want it to be at room temperature for this recipe.
RED VELVET CAKE MIX: This gives this dip its red velvet flavor and color. If you are not a red velvet fan, trade it out for your favorite cake mix flavor!
FROZEN WHIPPED TOPPING: Using a frozen whipped topping such as Cool Whip will add sweetness and an airy texture to this delicious dessert dip. For best results, thaw it at room temperature before using it.
WHITE CHOCOLATE BAR: White chocolate is just the right touch of chocolate to go along with the cake mix. Chop it coarsely before mixing it in.
SOMETHING TO DIP: Many options go great with this fabulous dip! Consider a package of graham crackers, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, pretzels, marshmallows, or strawberries!
Should I Heat Treat the Red Velvet Cake Mix?
I like to heat treat raw cake mix just to be on the safe side. Because the cake mix contains raw flour, heating it up will kill any potential bacteria that could be in the flour.
Lots of people skip this step and don’t have any issues, but for me it’s such a quick and easy step, it’s worth it to use food safety standards.
I microwave it for 1.5 minutes on high, but you can also spread the cake mix on to a baking sheet and heat it in the oven on 350 F for 5 minutes. Both methods will kill any possible bacteria.
How to Make Red Velvet Dip
Red Velvet Dip is so easy yet so yummy, you’ll want to add it to your list of recipes you can make in a pinch!
STEP 1: Place the red velvet cake mix in a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave for one minute and 30 seconds.
STEP 2: Next, beat one block cream cheese (softened) in your stand mixer or wiht your electric mixer until it is smooth and creamy.
STEP 3: Pour in the cake mix and continue to beat it in until it is fully combined together.
STEP 4: Fold in half of the whipped topping with a spatula. Continue to add in the remaining whipped topping, folding it in gradually until it is all combined and smooth.
STEP 5: Coarsely chop your vanilla chocolate bar. Stir in half of the white chocolate pieces into the red velvet dip.
STEP 6: Transfer the red velvet dip from the mixing bowl to a serving bowl and top it with the rest of the chopped white chocolate.
- If your red velvet dip seems too thick, mix in 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
- There’s no way getting around high calories in this dessert, but you can reduce them with sugar free cool whip and low fat cream cheese. It might not taste as decadent, but it’ll still be yummy.
- To keep your red velvet dip from getting lumpy, make sure you start with room temperature cream cheese.
- Serve slightly chilled.
Variations and Substitutions
- Consider trying different dessert dips by using your favorite cake mixes. Strawberry or Lemon Supreme would give it a bright fruit flavor. Party Rainbow Chip would be fun to celebrate a birthday. German Chocolate is always a good choice too!
- Add some red food coloring if you want a deeper red color.
- You could use white chocolate chips rather than the chopped-up white chocolate bar.
- If you want a more chocolatey flavor, you could add milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips to this red velvet dip.
- If using a chocolate cake mix, you could try experimenting with toffee or butterscotch chips instead of white chocolate chips.
Can I make Red Velvet Dip in Advance?
Yes, you can make this dip ahead of time!
Red Velvet Dip has dairy products, so you don’t want to leave it out at room temperature for more than two hours. It will store well in the fridge in an airtight container. You could also store it in a bowl covered in plastic wrap.
It will keep well in the fridge for 2 days. Make sure to allow time for it to soften at room temperature before serving.
How Long Can I Leave Red Velvet Dip Sitting Out?
Like all perishable foods, this red velvet dip should not sit out at room temperature for more than two hours.
If you’re having an outdoor gathering where temps are reaching above 90F, it should not be left out longer than one hour. Perishable foods left out too long could begin to grow bacteria, so its best to store your red velvet dip in a refrigerator immediately after use.
Honestly, if it sits out longer than two hours, I wouldn’t keep any of the leftovers. Go ahead and toss it. This is an inexpensive dessert, so no use risking an issue.
Can I freeze this Dip?
Yes, you can freeze this dip in an airtight container for about a month. To defrost, simply let it sit out until it is close to room temperature.
What can I dip in Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip?
There are so many great options to dip in this delicious dessert! All of these make the perfect compliment to red velvet dip:
- Graham Crackers
- Nilla Wafers
- Oreo Cookies
- Sugar Cookies
- Fruits (strawberries, apple slices, or bananas)
- Big marshmallows, and more!
Some may even argue that the best way to enjoy it is straight from the bowl with a spoon! If you change up the cake mix flavor, the dipping options expand even further!
This Red Velvet Dip is so simple and yet so amazing and I can’t wait for you to try it! There are so many great variations you can make to add a little more fun to your next event. It is one of those recipes that will become your go-to treat to bring to potlucks and share with friends.
- 1 Package Cream Cheese (8 ounce), room temperature
- ¾ cup Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 cup Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed
- 1 Bar White Chocolate (4.4 ounce), coarsely chopped
- Graham Crackers, Nilla Wafers, Strawberries or other treats to dip.
- lace the red velvet cake mix in a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave for one minute and 30 seconds.
- Next, beat one block cream cheese (softened) in your stand mixer or wiht your electric mixer until it is smooth and creamy.
- Pour in the cake mix and continue to beat it in until it is fully combined together.
- Fold in half of the whipped topping with a spatula. Continue to add in the remaining whipped topping, folding it in gradually until it is all combined and smooth.
- Coarsely chop your vanilla chocolate bar. Stir in half of the white chocolate pieces into the red velvet dip.
- Transfer the red velvet dip from the mixing bowl to a serving bowl and top it with the rest of the chopped white chocolate.
See recipe post for tips and variations.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g
Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.