Mardi Gras is just around the corner and if you’re planning a party here’s an easy King Cake Dip recipe that will have your guests asking for more!
You’ve tasted king cakes. They are delicious. Cake batter and cream cheese is they only way to go. But if you don’t live in Louisiana… Don’t fret. There’s a way to get the deliciousness of king cake without the trip to New Orleans. I give you King Cake Dip!
King cake batter is a sweet, creamy dessert that takes just minutes to whip up and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. You don’t need to wait for Mardi Gras to enjoy this king cake dip. It’s divine served with vanilla wafers, graham crackers or even apple slices.
What is King Cake?
King cake is a simple dessert that’s been a staple of Mardi Gras celebrations for years. It’s a sweet pastry cake that’s typically decorated with sugar in the colors of purple, green, and gold. A small figurine of a baby is hidden in the cake, and whoever gets the piece with the baby has to be King or Queen for a day (or provide next year’s king cake).
What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday,’ reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
What Do the Colors of Mardi Gras Mean?
Mardi Gras colors date back to 1872 when Rex, the King of Carnival, chose purple, gold and green as the official Mardi Gras colors. Purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
- Use full fat cream cheese for the best results.
- You don’t have to use name brand, can use store brand products if you prefer.
- This recipe serves 6 people. If you want to serve a larger crowd, double or triple the recipe.
- Can add Mardi Gras colored sugars on top of green, purple and gold.
- Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
King Cake Dip Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) container cool whip, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white cake mix
Caramel syrup, for topping
Praline pecans, for topping
How to Make King Cake Dip
In a large bowl, add the thawed cool whip and softened cream cheese. Combine together using a hand mixer until fully combined and creamy. Add in dry white cake mix and mix well.
Pour the dip mixture into a bowl. Place dip into a bowl. Top with caramel syrup and add the praline pecans throughout the top of the dip.
Serve cold with vanilla wafers, graham crackers, animal crackers, or fruit.
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
King Cake Dip
- 1 8 ounce container cool whip, thawed
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup white cake mix
- Caramel syrup for topping
- Praline pecans for topping
- In a large bowl, add the thawed cool whip and softened cream cheese. Combine together using a hand mixer until fully combined and creamy. Add in dry white cake mix and mix well.
- Pour the dip mixture into a bowl. Place dip into a bowl. Top with caramel syrup and add the praline pecans throughout the top of the dip.
- Serve cold with vanilla wafers, graham crackers, animal crackers, or fruit.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Nutritional facts are estimates and are provided as a courtesy to the reader. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. Nutritional values are calculated via a third party. Changing ingredients, amounts or cooking technique will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.