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.
- Pre-Made Vanilla Cheesecake (or if you’re really hard-core you could make it yourself I guess)
- Caramel Sauce
- Chocolate Sauce
- One Bar of Dark Chocolate
- 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.’
- Grate a piece of dark chocolate over the piles to look like pepper flakes.
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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.
- Packet of Instant Mashed Potato mixture
- Gravy Granules
- 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.
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 can spicy V8 juice
- 1 cup chopped green pepper
- 2/3 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 5 cups of instant mashed potatoes (unless you can make realllly silky mashed potatoes)
- Ketchup and mustard (for decoration)
- Preheat oven to 175C
- 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.
- 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.
- While that’s in the oven, whip up your instant potatoes following the instructions on the packet.
- 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.
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This is a fantastic birthday cake for anyone who is unfortunate enough to be born on April Fool’s day.
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.
- One Packet of Oreos
- Tube of Toothpaste
- 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.
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- One Box of Custard Doughnuts
- One Squeezy Bottle of Mayonnaise
- One Sponge
- Icing or cream
- Assorted cake decorations as desired
- 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...
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