April Fool's Day Recipes

April Fools Day recipes are a great way to celebrate April Fool's by surprising your family or friends with something unusual. It is a fun day to play pranks and jokes but we also have some ideas and recipes to help you this April Fool's Day. Nothing gross, nothing yucky, just some silly ideas for fun and some yummy surprises.

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April Fools Day Recipes- Breakfast Idea

Omelet Hot Dog

  • Hot dog bun
  • Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
Spray oil in a hot skillet. Add a beaten egg with 1 tablespoon of milk. Cook about 1 minute or until egg is set. With a spatula take out of pan and roll up. Place in a hot dog bun for an April Fool's breakfast.
omelet hot dog

Surprise Fried Egg

Spread plain or vanilla yogurt on to a round waffle. Top with a half of a peach or apricot. It visually looks like a fried egg.
april fools day eggs

Pink Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: pink deviled eggs
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Canned Beets with juice
  • Mayonnaise or miracle whip
  • Mustard
  • Paprika
Peel eggs and cut eggs in half. Place yolks in a bowl. Open can of beets and drain beet juice in a glass. Set beets aside.(try the recipe for Beet Jell-O below.)

Place each egg white in the beet juice for 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towel. Set on serving platter. Continue with each egg white.

In your bowl mash yolks. Add a spoonful of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon mustard. Blend together and season with salt and pepper. With a spoon fill each pink egg white with your yolk mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve.

April Fools Day Recipes - Dinner or Lunch

Meatloaf Celebration Cake

Turn dinner into a fun April Fools day recipes by turning meatloaf into a celebration cake.
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 Cup milk
  • 1/3 Cup Barbecue sauce
  • ½ Cup crushed stuffing
  • 1 Tablespoon onion soup mix
  • 1 ¼ lbs. Ground beef
  • Mashed potatoes
Grease a round cake pan. Prepare meatloaf by mixing all ingredients together until well combined. Pat meat mixture in round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and test with a meat thermometer.
While meatloaf is cooking prepare mashed potatoes. When meatloaf is done cooking allow to cool 5 minutes. Place a serving plate upside down on top of the cake pan. Invert the cake onto the serving plate by flipping the plate right side up. Frost with mashed potatoes and serve with a candle on the top to add to the cake appearance.
cake panfrosted cake
cut cake

Grilled Cheese Surprise

by Kelly (Reno, NV)
grilled cheese april fools day recipe
  • 2 slices Sara Lee pound cake, toasted
  • Make (or buy) vanilla frosting, tinted orange for cheese
Lightly toast slices of pound cake and spread with colored frosting. Cut in half and serve.
My kids love these special "grilled cheese" sandwiches on April Fool's Day. We serve it with meatloaf cupcakes frosted with tinted mashed potatoes for lots of giggles when daddy comes to the table for dinner.

Drink a Glass of Jell-O

Prepare a package of Jell-O whichever color or flavor your family likes. Pour into drinking glasses and insert a straw in each glass. Let set in the fridge. These look like drinks but when you try to drink them, April Fools its not a drink its Jell-O.
Jello Drink

Hot Dog & Fries Surprise

by Kianna Marie (Konoha)
hot dog and fries fools day
  • Twinkies
  • Giant Tootsie Roll
  • Pound Cake
  • Sugar
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Red and yellow tinted frosting.
Cut up the pound cake into strips that look like fries. place them onto a cookie sheet and broil them in the oven on all sides until they have the color of French Fries. Sprinkle them with sugar. Make a slit in the Twinkies and place a piece of Tootsie Roll inside the slit. Use a cake decorating bag, pipe on a line of red frosting on one side of the Tootsie Roll for ketchup and a line of yellow on the other side for mustard. Serve the "hot dogs" with the "fries" and a side of "ketchup" (strawberry jam or left over frosting)

Some Ideas For April Fool's Dinner
  • Serve things backward. Dessert first or breakfast for dinner.
  • Serve plates upside down
  • Use kitchen utensils to eat with such as an ice scoop, a spatula, or pancake turner

April Fool's Mandala coloring page

Celebrate with this free Mandala April Fool's Coloring Page
april fools coloring page

April Fools Day Recipes-Dessert

Baked Potatoes

-April Fool's it's ice cream
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Instant hot cocoa mix
  • Whipped cream
With an ice cream scoop, scoop out ice cream about the size of a small or medium potato. Roll bottom and sides in hot cocoa mix. Serve with a spoonful of whip cream (resembles sour cream).
Baked potato april fool's

Fake Hamburgers

If you have these ingredients available they make one of the funniest and easiest April fools Day recipes.
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Peppermint patties
  • Red and yellow gumdrops, sliced
Sandwich a peppermint patty with two vanilla wafers. Add a sliced red gumdrop to resemble ketchup. Add a sliced yellow gumdrop for mustard.
hamburger for april fools

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Make a Spaghetti and Meatballs cake for dessert
meatball spaghetti cake

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Secret Ingredient Recipes- April Fool's Day Recipes

Don't tell anyone your secret ingredient until after they give these April Fool's recipes a try.

Beet Jell-O

  • Small package of Lemon Jell-O
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can beets, diced save juice
  • 1 Cup beet juice-add water if juice doesn't equal a cup
  • ½ Cup vinegar
  • ½ Cup water
For this surprise Jell-O recipe dissolve Jell-O, sugar, and salt in beet juice, water and vinegar. When dissolved stir in beets. Pour into serving dishes.
beet jello

cakes with hidden ingredients

Tomato Soup Cake

tomato soup cakeIngredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • cream cheese frosting
In a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, allspice, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. In a separate bowl add tomato soup, shortening, eggs and water until well blended. Add to dry ingredients and mix. Pour into a greased 13x9 cake pan or 2 round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.
tomato soup cake

Bean Cake

bean cakeIngredients:
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 oz can kidney or pinto beans, drained and mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ Cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 2 Cups peeled and diced apple
  • powdered sugar, for dusting the top
Cook pinto beans and puree in a blender. In mixing bowl cream together sugar and butter. Blend in eggs, vanilla and pinto beans. Add dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Then mix into bean mixture. Pour into a greased bundt cake pan or 13x9 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool and place on a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar. After your family or friends give this unusual cake a try and probably will love it you can tell them your April Fools day recipes secret ingredient!

Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake

chocolate sauerkraut cake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 8 ounce can or 1 Cup sauerkraut, drained and chopped
  • chocolate frosting
In a bowl add flour, cocoa, soda, salt and baking powder. Stir together and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, eggs, water and sugar. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Blend in sauerkraut. Grease a 13x 9 pan and pour batter into a cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Frost with chocolate frosting.

Try this recipe for zucchini bread for another hidden ingredient recipe.

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