I’ve never really been hugely into April Fools as I tend to respond to the slightest surprise with excess high pitched screaming at a volume disproportionate to what the event actually warrants. However, the idea of food based pranks is right up my alley with its brand of nuanced and palatable humour rather than the somewhat unsophisticated lol-you’re-suddenly-covered-in-rotten-eggs brand of tomfoolery. The great thing about most of these pranks is that you can get the wholesome pleasure of tricking somebody without maiming them or making them cry and after the shock is over; you can sit down and enjoy an enjoyable, if misleading meal.

The first prank recipe (precipe?) I have lined up for you is probably the most delightful. Basically the idea is to make little mounds that look like mashed potato and gravy but are ACTUALLY cheesecake! Which is even better! I swear if you do this properly it looks ridiculously close to real mashed potatoes.

Potato and Gravy Cheesecake
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243 calories
30 g
3 g
13 g
2 g
7 g
51 g
27 g
24 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
51g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243
Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 27mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Pre-Made Vanilla Cheesecake (or if you’re really hard-core you could make it yourself I guess)
  2. Caramel Sauce
  3. Chocolate Sauce
  4. One Bar of Dark Chocolate
Instructions
  1. Use an ice-cream scoop to scoop some mashed potato sized globs of cheesecake and place them in a bowl or on a plate (possibly alongside some real savoury vegetables). Use a fork the mess up and texturise the edges until it looks like fluffy potatoes. Mix some caramel and chocolate sauce together in a bowl until you create the perfect gravy hue. Make a dint in the top of the pile of ‘mashed potatoes’ and pour in a drizzle of ‘gravy.’
  2. Grate a piece of dark chocolate over the piles to look like pepper flakes.
  3. april_fools_potato
  4. Photo credit: lynn.gardner via photopin cc
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calories
243
fat
13g
protein
2g
carbs
30g
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The mashed potato cheesecake is my favourite because when is anybody ever mad at receiving surprise cheesecake? However if you want to be a little nastier you can do the prank the opposite way by presenting them with a glass of real mashed potatoes and gravy, tricked out to look like an ice-cream sundae.

Potato Sundae
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154 calories
14 g
9 g
7 g
11 g
3 g
291 g
1630 g
1 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
291g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154
Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 3g
17%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 9mg
3%
Sodium 1630mg
68%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Packet of Instant Mashed Potato mixture
  2. Gravy Granules
Instructions
  1. Simply follow the instructions on the instant potato and gravy packets (this doesn’t really need explaining) then make round scoops of potato using an ice cream scoop and place them carefully in a sundae glass then drizzle the gravy on top for a syrupy effect.
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154
fat
7g
protein
11g
carbs
14g
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Meatloaf Cake
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6050 calories
953 g
934 g
132 g
273 g
48 g
2327 g
4040 g
55 g
8 g
64 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2327g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6050
Calories from Fat 1183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 132g
203%
Saturated Fat 48g
238%
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 54g
Cholesterol 934mg
311%
Sodium 4040mg
168%
Total Carbohydrates 953g
318%
Dietary Fiber 85g
341%
Sugars 55g
Protein 273g
Vitamin A
82%
Vitamin C
952%
Calcium
84%
Iron
194%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  2. 1 can spicy V8 juice
  3. 1 cup chopped green pepper
  4. 2/3 cup chopped onion
  5. 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  6. 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  10. 2 pounds ground beef
  11. 5 cups of instant mashed potatoes (unless you can make realllly silky mashed potatoes)
  12. Ketchup and mustard (for decoration)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175C
  2. Combine the first nine ingredients in a large bowl then crumble in the beef and mix. Transfer mixture into two square baking pans of the same size.
  3. Place pans in oven and cook for 20 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  4. While that’s in the oven, whip up your instant potatoes following the instructions on the packet.
  5. After your meatloaf has cooled down a little, carefully flip each half onto a plate. Spread 1 and ½ cups of mashed potato over the top of one of the halves then place the other half on top. Spread the rest of the mashed potatoes over the meatloaf tower you’ve created. If you want to get really fancy you can use a piping bag to create intricate designs and use dots of ketchup and mustard to add colour to your decorations.
  6. april_fools_meatloaf_cake
  7. Photo credit: camerasutra via photopin cc
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calories
6050
fat
132g
protein
273g
carbs
953g
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This is a fantastic birthday cake for anyone who is unfortunate enough to be born on April Fool’s day.

Lazy Pranks

If you happen to embody the qualities of both laziness AND cruelty and can’t be bothered to actually cook but still want to confuse people’s taste buds here’s a few cheeky tricks which require minimal effort.

Minty Oreo
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54 calories
8 g
0 g
2 g
1 g
1 g
12 g
58 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
12g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 54
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 58mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. One Packet of Oreos
  2. Tube of Toothpaste
Instructions
  1. Put a tube of white toothpaste in the fridge to harden (not the gel kind!) Carefully break open a few Oreos and remove the icing with a knife. Replace it with a thin layer of white toothpaste and put the cookies back together. Make sure to round the edges so they look real.
  2. April_fools_oreo
  3. Photo credit: Nila Sivatheesan Photography via photopin cc
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calories
54
fat
2g
protein
1g
carbs
8g
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Mayonnaise Doughnut
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310 calories
27 g
8 g
21 g
4 g
5 g
70 g
269 g
0 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
70g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310
Calories from Fat 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
33%
Saturated Fat 5g
23%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 269mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. One Box of Custard Doughnuts
  2. One Squeezy Bottle of Mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Get a dozen custard filled donuts, scrape out the custard, and refill them with mayonnaise. Eat the custard yourself for extra enjoyment.
  2. april_fools_donut
  3. Photo credit: cseeman via photopin cc
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calories
310
fat
21g
protein
4g
carbs
27g
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Sponge Cake
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1931 calories
314 g
0 g
75 g
0 g
14 g
462 g
850 g
292 g
0 g
59 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
462g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1931
Calories from Fat 675
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 75g
115%
Saturated Fat 14g
69%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 37g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 850mg
35%
Total Carbohydrates 314g
105%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 292g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. One Sponge
  2. Icing or cream
  3. Assorted cake decorations as desired
Instructions
  1. Decorate a sponge with icing, whipped cream and sprinkles so it looks like a little cake. You can even cut out a circle and put it in a muffin case and top it with icing. Serve it to somebody who is likely to greedily take a large bite rather than using a fork. Maybe make sure the sponge doesn’t contain any poisons or anything first...
  2. April_Fools_sponge
  3. Photo credit: Rakka via photopin cc
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calories
1931
fat
75g
protein
0g
carbs
314g
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