April Fools' Day Meatloaf "cake"

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins

I got this recipe form Cokingvilage.com they used plain white mashed potatoes; I thought that it needed to be pink. The family had a hard time because there brain was saying cake but the mouth was saying meatloaf and mashed potatoes. This was a lot of fun for April fool’s Day

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preparing the Meat Loaf.
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 375°F In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, green onions, milk, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper just until blended.
  3. 2. Divide mixture between two 8-inch round cake pans, patting to cover pans evenly and make level.
  4. 3. Bake meat loaves until juices run clear when meat is pierced with a fork, or meat loaves register 170F on a meat thermometer, 20–25 minutes. Remove pans from the oven; cover loosely with foil and let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Decorating the Meat Loaf.
  6. 1. Pour off juices from pans. Invert 1 meat loaf onto a flat serving plate. Using a small sharp knife, trim red peppers so that they lie flat. Cover top of meat loaf with a single layer of roasted red peppers.
  7. 2. Invert second meat loaf onto red pepper layer. Using a spatula, spread 2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes over top and sides of meat loaf. Spoon remaining potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe swirls around top edges of cake. Pipe stars around bottom of cake.
  8. 3. Place cherry tomatoes, stem-ends down, in a ring around top of meat loaf "cake" to resemble cherries. Cut meat loaf into wedges; serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Totally got the kids with this one! Even sitting at the table up close they couldn't tell and when we cut it they thought it was a spice/carrot cake. Everyone thought it was great, except my 7 year old...she's still not speaking to me.

Kim Bennett April 01, 2012

Firstly this meatloaf is very tasty! My 8 year old nephew was tricked by this cake! He gave up sweets for Lent and was quite mad at me when I told him that I accidentally made cake for dinner. We all had a good laugh after saying "April Fool's"; he even cleaned his plate! I reduced the garlic to 1/2 a clove, the onions to 1/4 cup grated, and a couple dashes of Worchestershire sauce because of dietary restrictions, and the taste was still excellent. I also subbed 4 slices of crustless white bread soaked in the milk for the breadcrumbs. I will use this recipe for regular meatloaf, too. Thanks!

Kiko April 02, 2014

Too much fun!! Totally fooled my family and it's good meatloaf, too!!

Battered Chef April 01, 2012