April Fools Day “Cake”

April Fools Day is right around the corner and I’m already scheming and dreaming up tricks to play on my family. The other day I shared the “grilled cheese” sandwiches (that weren’t sandwiches at all!) I made for dinner on April Fools Day last year. Today I’m going to share the other half of that meal.

We had cake for dinner!

It looks like a cake, right? Well, just like the grilled cheese sandwiches, it’s not cake at all!
It’s actually meatloaf with mashed potato frosting!

I baked up my favorite meatloaf recipe in a 9×13 pan, then turned it out onto a cookie sheet lined with foil. I whipped up some mashed potatoes, added a little pink food coloring, then “frosted” the meatloaf. For the finishing touch, I piped on stars just to make it look even more like a cake.

I mentioned in the grilled cheese post that we had two young men missionaries over for dinner on April Fools Day. When I told them we were going to have dinner backwards, they were very confused. I set the “cake” on the table confusion turned to “I think she’s nuts.” Then when I cut into it and shouted April Fools everyone got a good laugh. One missionary said, “Yes! I finally have something to write home about!”

I love pranks that are just good, clean fun. It’s going to be hard to top last year’s backwards dinner. Have any good ideas for me?


  1. Oh this looks fun, unfortunately my morning sickness thinks that this is stomach turning. Gotta love pregnancy!

    Some of my favorite pranks are maybe not so nice for others. You could pretend to shave your head bald or adopt a weird animal.

  2. My friend makes something similar, but cupcakes. Put the meatloaf into mini muffin tins and bake. Then, ice with the potatoes. She adds a dollop of ketchup on the top and they look amazing and are eaten like an appetizer in your hand. So fun. I think children of all ages would love them. I sure did! And I made them for my little ones. A hit all around. I then started to bake my meatloaf in regular muffin tins and then freezing as it made it a breeze to pull one out, microwave it, and have individual dinners with no leftovers.


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