Cake Batter Cracker Dip – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Cake Batter Cracker Dip. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.  The original recipe can be found over at Mommy’s Menu.

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was Nance’s choice, and I have no idea where she stumbled across it, but I’m going to predict that it’s Pinterest’s fault. Also, I suspect that she thought to herself “What can we make that will make the top of Amanda’s head pop off?” This fits the bill perfectly. That Nance just loves to bait Amanda.

When I told Fred what I was making, he was THE USUAL RAY OF SUNSHINE and whined about how it was going to be “Groooooooooss, that sounds grooooosssss, what the fuck, grooooosssss.” As it turns out, he was thinking of crackers like Ritz and Triscuits, and trying to figure out who the hell would eat some kind of sweet dip on those crackers.

(I would TOTALLY eat sweet dip on Ritzeseses, I’ve served Jalapeno Jelly with Ritz crackers and cream cheese approximately one million times, so this weird belief that salty and sweet don’t go together is ODD.)

Your ingredients:

Cracker Dip (1)

If the box of cake mix doesn’t send Amanda into conniptions, the container of Cool Whip surely will. All you need is a box of cake mix (whatever flavor you prefer), Cool Whip (I got the big container, but you only need two cups), plain or vanilla yogurt, and powdered sugar (that’s what’s in that big storage container. We loves our powdered sugar.)

Toss all your ingredients into a plastic container (you’re going to be refrigerating this stuff for a while). I added 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar, and that was just right.

Cracker Dip (2)

Mix everything together.

Cracker Dip (3)

I started out using a fork, but cake mix tends to clump together (STUPID CAKE MIX), so I ended up getting out the cheap handheld mixer from the very back of the cabinet (such a pain in the ass to get to) and mixing it together that way. Once it was mixed, I put the cover on the container and tossed it in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Just so you know, the stuff tastes kind of nothing-special right after you’ve mixed it up, so you really do need to let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors mingle.

When the hour is up, spoon the dip into a dish, serve with animal crackers and ‘Nilla wafers. Graham crackers would have been good, too, if yours aren’t stale. Mine were stale. Bleh.

Cracker Dip (4)

The verdict? It was really good. Fred thought it was “weird”, but he can just shut his face. I thought it was DAMN good. I felt like I ate 60 pounds of this stuff, but still had as much left over. The left overs finally went to the chickens (so I’d stop eating it!), and they thought it was THE BOMB.

Cracker Dip (5)

The cats, however, were not fans. This is Scorch – he took a lick of the dip, just to be polite, then he swore that he was “SO FULL!” after that one tiny lick. Hmph. MORE FOR ME, you damn picky kitten.

So anyway, two thumbs up from me, a “Meh” from Fred, a “Meh” from the cats, and the chickens were all “GIVE US MORE.” But then, the chickens say that about everything. They’re not picky.



Nance’s Take:
If I had to pick between a piece of pie or a piece of cake, I’m going with the pie. Why? Because I am a coffee drinker and in my world there is nothing better than a slice of pie along with a nice hot cup of coffee (Jacobs Krönung is our favorite). And I can justify pie as being healthy because fruit is the main ingredient.

So why didn’t any of you fuckers submit a recipe for peach pie?  DAMN YOU.

Okay, this doesn’t mean that I do not like cake. I like cake well enough.  And it is easier to make than pie.  I picked this recipe because my truth when it comes to cake is that I am all about eating the batter. You know that whole warning about eating raw eggs? Yeah. Does not and never has stopped me from eating the shit out of the batter when I make a cake. To me, it is the very best part of cake baking.

Cake Batter Dip

Please note: Sugar-free cake mix. I don’t normally buy sugar-free, but this was on sale and I thought I would give it a shot. I also bought that brand of yogurt up there because it was cheaper than my absolute favorite yogurt which is Fage®.

The recipe itself was a piece of cake (har-dee-har!) to make and I was all over that because I was busy doing very important things like sewing.


Peace needed a “cone of shame” so she would be able to heal better.  I thought a hard plastic cone was mean so I attempted to sew my own fabric cone for her. My attempt was not appreciated.  At all.


And Sadie has some incontinence issues that needed to be addressed. Sadie did not mind because she doesn’t care that she looks like Hot Topic® threw-up on her.  She’s also plus-size (translation: bigger than x-large doggie diapers) and had to have something custom-made for her so she thinks she’s mad fancy now.*

Cake Batter Dip

The recipe said to combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. How hard can that be, right?

Cake Batter Dip

Action shot! Although I don’t know how much of an action shot it really is seeing as how I just slowly leaned that bitch into the whipped cream. Even my dum-dum eyes could tell that things were looking pretty dry in that bowl.

Cake Batter Dip

My super-duper mother of a mixer was having one helluva time combining those ingredients. I went ahead and added the rest of the whipped cream from the container and some vanilla to moisten that shit up.

Cake Batter Dip

Truth Game:  I would not have had this type of photo if I were making a normal cake because I would’ve been too busy licking the beaters.  I suppose this fact could also be considered foreshadowing.

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I was finally able to get everything combined.  And I told myself that it had to be that thick since it was a dip and it needed to be able to stay on a cracker.  It should also be noted that I lie to myself all the time.

Cake Batter Dip

This is why I do not have a career as a food photographer or stylist.  These are Keebler Animal Crackers®.  I was impressed that Rick brought these home because I expected him to pick up the cheapest crackers in all the land. Sadly, this was the best and most identifiable animal in the whole damn bag which is why it made it to the top of dip mountain.

Cake Batter Dip

The lion appears to have a cleft palate.  The rest of the animal cookies were identified as blobs of nothing. They tasted like shit on their own and they weren’t much better with the dip.  Bye, bye Keebler® Sponsorship!

Cake Batter Dip

I decided to try the dip with graham crackers because I thought my first impression may have been clouded by that crappy animal cracker. I didn’t care for the dip with graham cracker either. I passed it around and nobody really cared for it.

So I decided that maybe I would make this for a party if I wanted to have more than one variety of dip and if there would be kids attending.  My brain immediately had two thoughts.

  1. I don’t have parties.
  2. I don’t like kids.

This recipe was pitched.  If I want to eat cake batter, I’ll just grab a box of Duncan Hines® and take my chances with the raw eggs.

* Apologies to facebook friends who have already seen these, but I needed some animals in this entry to compete with that damn Robyn.  Heh. 

Cake Batter Cracker Dip - Nance and Robyn make the same recipe
Prep time
Total time
: Snack; appetizer; dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 20
  • 1 box of cake mix, whichever flavor floats your boat
  • 1½ c. plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt
  • 2 c. Cool Whip
  • Powdered sugar, to taste (Robyn used 2 T. and thought it was just right)
  • Animal crackers, graham crackers, 'Nilla wafers, fresh fruit. Whatever you feel like dipping!
  1. Combine all ingredients (except crackers) and mix 'til smooth and creamy. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  2. Serve with your favorite crackers.



Cake Batter Cracker Dip – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe — 44 Comments

  1. Nance, I’m so with you on the pie front, even though you and Robyn scorned the recipe for sheer rhubarb yumminess that I sent in a while back. (Uh-oh, now all the rhubarb hatahs will be racing over with their brickbats.) And thanks for taking such great care of those wonderful dogs. Speaking of great rescue dogs and their rescuers, I just finished reading David Rosenfelt’s very funny, equally moving “Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 Rs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure,” and recommend it to you and all DCEpers.

      • Kelly,
        Ruby should only be called Rhubarb if she shits on said keyboard. 😉

        Dammit, it’s starting with the 4 star thing again.

      • I’m only surprised that the system gave that untoward comment four stars. On the other hand, it’s only allowing me three. Another rhubarb victimizer, I guess — they’re legion.

      • That is the first time in my life I have ever heard of a “rhubarb victimizer”…I don’t even know what to say to that. But I hope I can give it five stars!

        GODDAMMIT. Three!

      • I have scorned the rhubarb as rhubarb is poison and I don’t want to die. Dear Robyn will take the fall for me. 😀

        Ah-HA, FIVE STAR COMMENT, WHOOP, there it is!

  2. Rhubarb yumminess, my ass. There is no such a beast.

    I’m not the only one taking good care of these animals around here. I’m just the one that gets to write about it. 🙂

    • Could I be the first person ever to refer to “rhubarb victimizers”?! Surely in our whiny culture, someone else has beat me to it. I could google it, but where’s the fun in that. And besides, there will come a time when Kelly’s Ruby will feel all victimized — the girl’s a torbie.

      Seriously System, you’re not allowing me a single star? Unjust, unjust, as Jane Eyre cried out.

      • Are you kidding? There are feral foster kittens living in Ruby’s house. She’s been completely victimized! Poor little Rhubarb 😉

        And now I am the victim of the star system. Only four stars! Boo!

      • You go, girl! (Meanwhile, Ruby’s thinking, “Go, feral fosters!”) Your comment deserves five stars, but I’m only allowed four — still a considerable improvement on my earlier zero.

      • I cannot imagine what you did that it would not give you any stars at all, Kerry. It must have been B-A-D.

        3 stars. I wonder what the algorithm is. Number of cats mentioned? WHAT, DAMMIT? Who is in charge here?????

      • Nance, I have to reply to myself as there’s no reply link following your comment. How existential is this getting?! Monsieur Sartre, would you care to weigh in? What’s that, you loved the dip? Tres bien! Et Simone, qu’est-ce- qu’elle a dit?

  3. I’m very much a savory snack kind of gal, so I don’t see this going into my rotation. But if it had been actual cake? Anything that is actual cake goes into my “try it” section (YES, ON PINTEREST! At least I’m not the crazy friend who pins ten million things a day that you KNOW she’ll never make but now she looks like Julia Freakin’ Child to her friends. Oh wait… Is Amanda on Pinterest? Perhaps I know her.)

    Nance, I very much enjoy your critter crafts. They are lucky to have you… even if you dress them funny. 😉

    • I have a FABULOUS (really easy) cake recipe that I’m going to have to make soon so I can take pictures and post it. It’s one of my favorite recipes ever, and it starts with a cake mix, so Amanda will hate it. It’s win-win!

    • Kelly, the one I really want to dress funny (for my own entertainment, of course) is the damn chihuahua, but she refuses. Ugh, it’s such a disappointment!

      –wonder if I got 5 stars because I mentioned the words chihuahua and disappointment. Those two words obviously go great together.

      • You people and your five stars are harshing my mellow — big time. Hey, System, I have two cats, both rescues who’ve required tens if thousands of dollars of veterinary care! How about some blasted stars?! Now that’s more like it!

      • Hey, it lied to me again — it pretended to give me give stars. Va fa’n culo, pezzone do stronzo!

      • I beat you out of everything because I have a dog with an itchy bum who likes to scooch. I WIN. And also, I have to go have my nervous breakdown now because I’m wondering how many times a carpet can be scrubbed before it completely disintegrates.

        4 stars for the dog’s itchy bum!

  4. I loved the picture of Sadie on FB and I loved it even more today!!! You are all kinds of awesome to make the fabric cone and diaper for those gals!!! Also, Robyn, Scotch is adorable…can you send him to Canada asap please?

  5. 1. I do not Pinterest. If I’m bored, I go read about The Real Housewives. Seriously.
    2. I seldom think about Amanda baiting…and that makes me mad because I should be on top of my game with that shit. I think I blacked her out of my brain because she’s a C-word.

    I believe DCEP actually has a Pinterest board, but I figured that’s Robyn’s ballgame. I will, however, try to pay better attention. 😉


  6. for what it is worth I made this a while back for a work function. I refused to eat any of it because either it was going to be really gross or super yummy and I was going to want to eat a lot of it..

    And Robyn is right, it does make a TON of it..

    • I should have said in my part of the post that it’s unlikely I’ll make it again – I don’t really have occasion to make stuff like this for gatherings, and I sure don’t want it in the house since I’m the only one who’ll eat it.

      Well – I suppose I COULD make a batch of it for the chickens, but I don’t see that happening.

  7. I have no interest in making the recipe as I’m a Cool Whip hater. However, I’m thinking it might be fun to hang out on top of Dip Mountain . . .

    Five stars and a thumbs up for finicky kitties and adorable pups. Nance, you should totally figure out how to make a fabric Cone of Shame cover because I’ll bet you could sell a ton!

    • Nanc, it took me two days just to make the half-assed one I made. I’m never gonna get rich from my mad skills. Heh

      And you could replace the Cool Whip with whipping heavy cream.

      –Note: 5 stars for useful information.

      • But isn’t the use of heavy whipping cream instead of Cool Whip the first step on the road to being clasped to the pearl-covered bosoms of Team Amanda?

        It still think there’s a market for collar of shame covers. Maybe focus on the proto-type and sell the pattern! It’s home-made–surely Amanda would approve!

        5 stars for Amanda mention!

      • Amanda had more than one bosom? That could explain rather a lot — and require rather a lot more pearls. Let’s see what lo Sistema awards me for that!

  8. Peace looks like “Gandalf the Grey” in that picture!

    And I totally get sweet stuff on Ritz crackers…what’s wrong with Fred! 🙂

    (Oooohhh, I got the 5 stars to work!)

    • I love sweet and salty. OMG, somebody sells a sweet/salty granola type bar at Sam’s and I had to quit buying them because I hogged them down.

      My new favorite festival/carnival food (besides a corndog) — cinnamon/sugar coated Pecans. They’re my new crack.

      5 stars for sweet and salty!

  9. This is very close to what I call “trailer park dip.” We put it on fruit. Here’s the recipe:

    1 container Cool Whip
    1 container sour cream
    1 packet instant vanilla pudding.

    Sit in fridge for an hour.
    Dip fruit in it. It’s SO GOOD.

    • Trailer park dip! I know that I don’t eat enough fruit on a daily basis, so to have a dip to convince me to do so… well, that’s pretty perfect. 🙂

    • Patrick,

      THAT sounds fabulous. Would the sour cream be a 16 oz size?

      And I vote that this can also be a breakfast food. It’s FRUIT.

      Thanks for posting this – because seriously, this sounds way better than cake batter dip. 😀

      • Yes, sorry. I just think “a container,” but it’s 16oz. And the regular size Cool Whip, not the bigger one.

        Honestly, it’s the easiest thing in the world to make, and people go crazy over it at parties and such. It’s sweet, but not crazily so (because of the sour cream), and the fruit really helps everything taste fresh.

        But you can totally eat it with a spoon, too.

  10. Classic Robyn: the country this recipe is supposedly from. (Though I do believe the majority of its citizens destroyed their original Cakemixlandian passports after they overstayed their student visas for culinary school.)

    Oh, come on, at 6:30 in the morning, I can’t get five stars?!

  11. A+ on presentation for both of you. I sort of got a stomach ache looking at it, though. It seems like one of those sweet dips that I love and can’t stop eating and then suffer for an hour afterwards. Sorry!

    The look on Scorch’s face is hilarious!

    Five stars for presentation and pictures!

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