April Fools’ Food Pranks: Recipes to Give Your Family a Fun Surprise

Is it cake or pizza? Jell-O or juice? It's time to trick the kids with April Fools' food pranks! Try one of these sneaky, silly recipes to celebrate April 1.

Bring the fun of April Fools’ Day right into your kitchen this year with some April Fools’ food pranks. These jokes are all in good fun — and taste delicious.

Start out with a meatloaf cake that looks like carrot cake but has ground beef tucked inside. Move onto Rice Krispie Treats buffalo wings as your next course — the celery sticks on the side are actually green licorice dipped in white frosting, not ranch dressing!

Keep the joke going right through dessert with these April Fools’ Day recipe ideas and if you have any other golden April Fools Day food pranks you want to share, tell us about them in the comments.

Candy “Onion” Rings

Candy onion rings
Photo and recipe credit: justapinch.com

Think you’re about to bite into some deep fried deliciousness? Think again. Graham cracker crumbs coat Twizzlers to fool your foodies at home. Try this recipe for candy “onion” rings from Just a Pinch.

Meatloaf Cake

Meatloaf cake
Photo and recipe credit: tasteofhome.com

Use ground beef and quick-cooking oats as the base of this meatloaf “cake” from Taste of Home. The frosting for your cake? Mashed potatoes. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on the outside of the cake to look like chopped nuts.

Rice Krispie Treats Buffalo Wings

Photo and recipe credit: partypinching.com

Start this recipe for Rice Krispie Treats buffalo wings from Party Pinching by mixing together puffed cereal and melted marshmallows. Form into chicken wing shapes and then coat in a melted mixture of brown sugar. To really fool your kids give them “celery sticks” to go along with the wings — the sticks are made out of green licorice.

wacky mashed potatoes
Photo and recipe credit: Yummly.com

Whip up a batch of regular mashed potatoes, but, instead of serving them on your child’s plate, put them in an ice cream cone! These wacky mashed potatoes from Yummly really look like vanilla ice cream – but have all the flavor of creamy potatoes.

Jell-O Oranges

Photo and recipe credit: olgasflavorfactory.com

Finish off your silly meal with a plate of fruit — but these aren’t just any fruit pieces. These Jell-O oranges from Olga’s Flavor Factory look real but they’re made out of Jell-O. Here’s how it works: Slice oranges in half and remove the inside. Prepare orange Jell-O and pour into the halves. Refrigerate to set. Cut into segments and serve.

Pizza Cake

Photo credit: Ross Campbell. Recipe credit: justapinch.com

What kid wouldn’t mind having pizza for dessert? But this is no ordinary pizza. This pizza cake from Just a Pinch has a yellow cake crust that’s layered with vanilla frosting, grated white chocolate (cheese) and toppings made up of Fruit Roll-Ups (pepperoni). Complete the look of your pizza cake by picking up a pizza box from a local restaurant to use to fool your family into thinking it might just be the real thing.

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