No joke! These fun April Fool’s Day recipes—cake that looks like pizza, meat loaf that looks like cake—are sure to fool your friends and family.
Kids’ Sushi I’ve taken these fun, mock Kids’ Sushi rolls to picnics and parties and served them at home with an Asian dinner. Kids always enjoy the bite-sized treats. —Lorri Reinhardt, Big Bend, Wisconsin
Make that to go! Try packaging your “sushi” in a domed container, with a label you design. (We asked to buy a new container at the deli section of the grocery store—the clerk was happy to oblige!)
Ice Cream Tacos These ice cream-filled “tacos” are fun to make and eat. They’re great party treats, and kids have a ball putting them together. Adults enjoy these Ice Cream Tacos, too. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Meatball Sub Do you have a fun-loving family that appreciates pranks? Give ’em a real gotcha this year they’ll never forget. This “sub” features a pound cake “bun” and ice cream “meatballs.” This Meatball Sub is as fun to make as it is to eat! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Pizza Cake A boxed cake mix forms the crust for this Pizza Cake, prepared vanilla frosting tinted red makes the sauce, grated white chocolate is the cheese and fruit rolls cut into circles are the pepperoni. —Caroline Simzisko, Cordova, Tennessee
Learn how to make the pizza cake! In this video, our test kitchen gives you step-by-step instructions for making the pizza cake. Watch video»
Faux Chicken Nuggets Here’s a recipe from our Test Kitchen for “chicken nuggets” that’s poultry-free. Faux Chicken Nuggets calls for pound cake in place of chicken, rolled in a “batter” of chopped peanuts. Kids will think they’re having dinner for dessert. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Layer Cake Meat Loaf If the kids are always asking to eat dessert first, here’s your chance. The moist “cake” layers are really full-flavored meat loaves “frosted” with instant mashed potatoes. Ketchup and mustard “icing” help complete the look for this Layer Cake Meat Loaf. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Tricky Taco Cups Fools of all ages will fall in love with these sensationally sneaky sweets that look like taco salads. Crunchy waffle bowls are filled with chocolate ice cream, then topped with tinted coconut “lettuce” and “cheese,” maraschino cherry “tomatoes” and black licorice “olives” to make these Tricky Taco Cups. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
April Fools Berry Soda Here’s a prank that will get your family to pucker up! These berry “beverages” look inviting to sip, but they’re actually gelatin that’s tricky to suck through a straw, so keep some spoons handy for April Fools Berry Soda. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Another April Fool’s Idea: Serve up an old standard with a new twist: Split a grilled bratwurst (or other sausage) in half and place in a banana split dish or small oval casserole. Between the two brat halves, place one heaping scoop each of macaroni salad, potato salad and coleslaw. Drizzle steak sauce and mustard over the two outer scoops. Over the center scoop, use a star tip to pipe a dollop of mashed potatoes. Pickle relish adds some color, and a cherry tomato tops it off just right.
Berry Rhubarb Fool “Fool” is a classic British dessert that’s usually made with custard and cooked fruit. Try my quicker Berry Rhubarb Fool version with rhubarb and berries in these pretty, layered parfaits. —Cheryl Miller, Fort Coollins, Colorado
Blueberry Peach Fool Why not usher in April with this delightfully creamy whipped dessert from our Test Kitchen? Blueberry Peach Fool is chockfull of the fresh, fruity goodness that hints of warmer weather and appeals to all ages. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen