This Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Dip has become incredibly popular and I wanted in on the fun! This festive dessert dip is made with Little Debbie snack cakes, cream cheese, milk, vanilla extract, and whipped topping. Serve this dip up at any holiday gathering or even for a decadent Christmas Eve treat.
My husband and son went crazy for this dip. I can see why it's a trendy recipe at the moment. It's apparently been around for years and is even on the back of the super-popular Christmas Tree Cakes box.
What are Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes?
They're a seasonal treat from the brand Little Debbie. The inside is a yellow cake that is shaped like a Christmas tree. There are two layers of yellow cake mix with a white cream filling in the middle. Each tree is wrapped in a waxy white frosting with green sugar and red stripes on the top.
How to make Christmas Tree Cake Dip
This recipe only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make so grab your food processor and the 5 ingredients that you need for this dip and get started!
Add the snack cakes in your food processor and pulse a few times to break the cakes down.
Now that the cakes are broke down some, add in the cream cheese, milk, and vanilla extract. Pulse until smooth and creamy and transfer to a glass bowl.
Add the whipped topping to the creamy pink cake mixture and fold in with a silicone spatula until combined.
You can add the dip to a serving bowl and finish with some sprinkles and the extra Christmas tree that is left over. I didn't do that though. I colored some ganache and drizzled it on top of resemble the little snack cakes.
How to store Christmas Tree Cake Dip
To store the dip, cover with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. Place it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you're adding the red ganache topping, add it when you're ready to serve the dip. If you add the topping just before needing to store it, let the red ganache topping firm up before covering the dip with plastic wrap.
What to serve up with this dessert dip?
We really loved dipping my gingerbread cookies in these dip. It had a nice blend of spiciness from the gingerbread cookies and cake flavor from the actual dip.
Other things to dip in this Christmas Cake Dip could be shortbread cookies, pretzels, graham crackers, store-bought holiday sprinkle cookies, Oreos, etc.
Can I use a hand mixer instead of a food processor?
The short answer is, yes, but your dip won't be as smooth as when it's done in the food processor.
I've seen hand mixers used in videos, but I don't think it probably gets the waxy chocolate coating of the cakes as smooth as when it's pulsed in a food processor.
Christmas Tree Cake Dip
- 9 Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes two boxes
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
- 1 square white almond bark chopped
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- red gel food color
- Green sugar
- cookies pretzels, or graham crackers, for dipping
- Add the Christmas tree cakes to a food processor and pulse until broken down.
- Add the cream cheese, milk, and vanilla extract to the food processor. Pulse until completely creamed.
- Scoop the dip out into a bowl.
- Add the whipped topping to the dip and fold with a spatula until combined.
- Place the dip in a serving bowl.
- Add the chopped almond bark and heavy whipping cream to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments and stir after each increment until creamy and smooth.
- Add in as much or as little red gel food color to get the desired red.
- Place the red ganache in a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the sandwich bag.
- Pipe the ganache on the top of the Christmas tree cake dip.
- Add green sugar to the top.
- Add the cookies, pretzels, and graham crackers around the dip and serve.
- Store in the fridge and covered with plastic wrap. If the ganache is still wet, it will stick to the plastic wrap.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)