This year, my family’s spring holiday meal theme is April Fools’. It might surprise you (or maybe it won’t) to know that I was a practicing witch for many, many years. But that’s a post for another time. The point is that the cycles of the season is where I am at spiritually. Welly feels the same way, as does his own family. For that reason, we don’t celebrate Easter, but we do enjoy getting together to encourage the snow to melt faster and to revel in daylight that lasts just a little longer now.
This year when planning our spring celebration, my mother-in-law and I realized that the day many people are honoring their own traditions also happens to be April Fools’ Day. Well, we decided, how apropos–this group of fools intends to make the most of that coincidence!
I’ve been gathering ideas for hilarious food pranks as inspiration for what I will contribute to our family meal. Here is a roundup of my favorites!
This genius baked potato is actually ice cream molded into a potato shape, covered in cocoa powder, then topped with whipped cream “sour cream” and a yellow Starburst that has been softened in the microwave and molded into a “butter” pat. Recipe on Genius Kitchen.
“Ice Cream Sundae”
Mmmmm… Ice cream sundae, anyone? Looks so sweet and delicious… But wait! April Fool–it’s really mashed potatoes topped with gravy and a peppadew pepper “cherry”. Gotcha! Recipe from Bake at 350.
I think I’ll bring this appetizer to our family meal. Won’t everyone be surprised to bite into salami that is actually Red Velvet cookies! Recipe from Diary of a Mad Hausfrau.
“Cupcakes” for dinner and “Mashed Potatoes” for dessert?
They’ll be scratching their heads when presented with dessert first. On closer inspection, however, they’ll discover that their “cupcakes” are actually mini meatloaves topped with mashed potatoes colored with a little beet juice, and their “mashed potatoes” are the dessert: actual cupcakes topped with white buttercream “mashed potatoes”, a yellow Starburst (those make for great little fake butter pats, don’t they?), and caramel sauce “gravy”. Recipes on Bake at 350.
That’s one huge bundle of asparagus. Or is it?? This chocolate cake surrounded by “asparagus” spears is one for those of you are really into spending time with fondant. But–wow–the effect is amazing! Recipe and tutorial from Sweetapolita.
And the grand finale, the piece de resistance… This absolutely gorgeous fruit basket is actually made up of cakes, pastries, and cookies. Designer and baker Christine McConnell is one very talented (and patient!) woman.
I do think I’ll make the salami. I might also make some meatloaf cupcakes, although some of them will have to be veggie or Bronwen the vegetarian will be mighty disappointed!
Are you planning on trying any of these ideas? Or are there others you have found? I’d love to see pictures of your creations! You can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun and happy spring!!