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!

You need a drink, too, right? Offer edible teacups.

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
Photo and recipe via justapinch.com

Candy “Onion” Rings

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
Photo via tasteofhome.com

Meatloaf Cake

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.

Photo via partypinching.com

Rice Krispie Treats Buffalo Wings

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.


Edible teacups
Photo via family.disney.com

Edible Teacups

Hold your own tea party with your kids with this edible teacups recipe from Disney Family. Cut the ends off of a wafer ice cream cone using a serrated knife. Use frosting to adhere the “cup” to a gummy ring and then a round shortbread cookie. Fill the cup with candy.

Photo via Zulka.com

Pound Cake “Grilled Cheese”

It looks like comfort food but this pound cake “grilled cheese” recipe from Zulka isn’t savory – it’s sweet. Make pound cake, or purchase it from the store, and cut into thick slices. Crisp the outside and spread orange-tinted frosting in between the two pieces. Hello, dessert grilled cheese!

Photo via myfoodandfamily.com

Spaghetti and ‘Oozing Eyeballs’

This easy recipe only appears to be gigantic eyeballs! Really, it’s meatballs with cheese and olive slivers as eyes. And the ooze is spaghetti mixed with pasta sauce. This clever spaghetti and oozing eyeballs recipe from Kraft will probably inspire more giggles than groans.

wacky mashed potatoes
Photo via Yummly.com

Wacky Mashed Potatoes

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 via snapguide.com

Jell-O Oranges

Finish off your silly meal with a plate of fruit – but these aren’t just any fruit pieces. These Jell-O oranges from SnapGuide 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 via seriouseats.com

Pizza Cake

What kid wouldn’t mind having pizza for dessert? But this is no ordinary pizza. This pizza cake from Serious Eats has a yellow cake crust that’s layered with strawberry jam (sauce), grated white chocolate (cheese) and toppings made up of Fruit Roll-Ups (pepperoni) and gummy candies (red and green peppers). 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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