Use Funfetti cake dip to make a dessert cheese ball that will feed a crowd! This unique dessert recipe is perfect for parties and potlucks. Serve it with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or animal crackers for fun finger food at your next gathering. You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the freezer.
This cake batter dip is made to be just like the real thing, but without any raw egg that may worry you. It tastes EXACTLY like a fluffy white cake with sprinkles and all.
Cake Dip Ingredients
- Cream Cheese, softened – It’s best to let both the cream cheese and butter soften at room temperature for a couple of hours before you start making this dessert recipe. If you’re like me and always forget to do this ahead of time you can shortcut the process. Simply roll the butter sticks and cream cheese blocks between your hands (like you’re a caveman trying to start a fire) until it’s malleable.
- Butter, softened
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- Funfetti Cake Mix – Off brand will work just fine. It’s usually called “rainbow cake mix” or “rainbow chip cake mix.”
- Sprinkles – It takes quite a few to cover your Funfetti cake dip ball completely. I leave the bottom bare, then press the sprinkles onto the top and sides until it’s covered. Plan on ¾-1 cup of sprinkles. If you need a visual reference, I used about three compartments worth of sprinkles from one of these sprinkle jars you find at the grocery store.
I used vanilla wafers and graham crackers as dippers. Other ideas include animal crackers, shortbread cookies, or fresh fruit for your gluten-free friends.
Flavor variations for this recipe are as endless as cake mix flavors. Use a lemon cake mix and cover it with yellow sprinkles or a spice cake mix and cover the cheese ball with fall colored sprinkles. Green and red sprinkles with a red velvet cake mix would make a gorgous dessert for a Christmas party. What flavor/sprinkle combo will you come up with?
Tips and Tricks
A hand-held electric mixer will work just fine, but a stand mixer makes this Funfetti dip recipe even easier.
The dip is shaped most easily by hand. Wait until you have it wrapped in plastic wrap and start to mold it. Don’t worry about getting a perfect sphere unless you just want to. A disc shape works just fine and might actually be more practical for serving.
The sprinkles will need a bit of “smooshing” to stay on the cream cheese so don’t be afraid to get hands-on. I don’t roll the whole thing in sprinkles because it seemed wasteful. A cup is already a lot! Just press the sprinkles on the top and sides of your disc.
Can I Freeze This Recipe Ahead?
Yes! That’s another thing I love about this cake mix dip recipe. Once you’re finished you can wrap the ball, sprinkles and all, in plastic wrap and store it in your freezer. The next time you’re invited to a potluck or gathering you’ll already have something ready to go!
It’s best to thaw it out in the refrigerator for a day or two so it doesn’t become completely “unchilled” at any point. This way you don’t risk the cheese ball getting too warm and soft.
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Get ready to dip away!
Funfetti Dip Cheese Ball
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 ½ cups funfetti cake mix
- 1 cup sprinkles
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and vanilla on medium speed until smooth.
- Gradually add dry cake mix and powdered sugar until mixed well.
- Wrap dessert dip in a piece of plastic wrap and use your hands to form it in the shape of a ball or disc. Place plastic-wrapped cheese ball in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Unwrap and cover the the cheese ball in sprinkles, pressing down gently to make them stick.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with your choice of cookies, crackers, and fruit for dipping.