April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake”

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
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2 lb Lean ground beef
3 Large eggs
1 cup Breadcrumbs
⅔ cup Green onion sliced
½ cup Milk
½ cup Parsley fresh, chopped
3 cloves Garlic large, minced
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper
1 (12 ounce) jar Red pepper roasted, drained and patted dry, trimmed flat
3 ½ cups Hot Potatoes mash
8 Cherry tomatoes stems removed

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April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake”


You can bet I made this April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake” for my office colleagues on April Fool’s Day. I always love a good prank and this “cake” delivered that. Presented what looks like a beautiful carrot cake with a vanilla cream cheese frosting is actually a delicious, homemade meatloaf wrapped in smooth mashed potatoes and decorated with cherry tomatoes. This meatloaf is so good, it’s no joke!

To make April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake”, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake”

Steps to make April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake”


Preheat oven


Preheat the oven to 375 °F.


Combine meatloaf ingredients


In a large bowl, mix 2 pounds of ground beef, 3 large eggs, 1 cup of bread crumbs, ⅔ cup of sliced green onions, ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of freshly chopped parsley, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper until all well combined.




Transfer the mixture and divide between two 8-inch round cake pans, spreading evenly over the top to level them out. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until juices run clear when meat is pierced with a fork, or a food thermometer reaches a heat of 170 °F.




Remove pans from the oven; cover loosely with aluminum foil and set aside for 10 minutes to rest.


Prepare meatloaf cake


Discard juice from the pans and invert 1 meatloaf onto a serving plate and evenly cover the top with a layer of trimmed roasted red peppers then invert the second meatloaf and place on top of the red peppers.


Add mashed potatoes


Use a spatula to spread about 2½ cups of the warm mashed potatoes, evenly, all over the top of the meat loaf and up the sides. Spoon the remaining mashed potatoes into a piping bag and decorate the top of your “cake” with twirls and swirls. Pipe a few stars around the sides too.


Add cherry tomatoes


Place 8 cherry tomatoes, stem-ends down, in a circle around top of meatloaf to resemble cherries on top of a cake.



Cut wedge-like cake slices and serve immediately.

Besides providing a good giggle, this April Fool’s Day Meatloaf “Cake” is one of my favorite meatloaf recipes. Even if it’s not April Fool’s Day you should make this for your families, they’ll love it! Share everyone’s reactions with us and tag us online with #cookmerecipes.

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Total Reviews: 16
Siena Fante

This is honestly hands-down one of the coolest things I've ever made,such an amazing idea, thanks so much for sharing!

Saanvi Ruacho

LOL, I am going to serve this at my wedding some day and watch everyones reaction once they realize what it is!

Khaleesi Arquero

When I made mine it kinda looked like a bomb of potatoes exploited..a tiny bit difficult to make it look good but was very delicious.

Emiliana Borroel

Kinda difficult but I liked it a lot either way, I made it for my husband and he really enjoyed it, thanks so much for the creative recipe.

Maribel Kasischke

Couldn't ask for a more interesting design for meatloaf, I had a ton of fun making this!

Holland Shusterman

Love the cake but I removed the tomatoes and put peas and corn on top instead, everyone in my family enjoyed this meal.


For any of those looking to go all out,use some ketchup or mayonnaise as dressing for the cake! It taste just as good as it looks.

Nathalie Kaczkowski

It's really tasty but not worth the amount of time you have to give to make it look like the picture.

Temperance Westfall

Super cute cake, made it twice now and both times it was delicious.

Paisleigh Wenners

I love everything about this "cake", it's super tasty and adorable! My kids thought we were having dessert for dinner, jokes on them! it's meat!

Jazzlyn Halbrook

This is way too complicated to make for me,it's really good but a lot of work.Thanks for the recipe but i'll have to stick with a rookies one like the "Meatloaf cupcakes".

Skylah Galde

I used sweet potatoes instead and it taste soo good, i'll be making this again, it's worth the time! :)

Malaya Loperena

Talk about creative! I tried to make it look exactly like the picture but quite frankly, I'm not as talented, doesn't mean it's any less delicious though!

Jazlynn Mhoon

Such a hilarious recipe, who would've thought meatloaf could be made to look like a cake? Love it!! Way too tasty to not make again.

Kamilah Dunwell

I cannot stress how AWESOME this recipe is!! I used it as a way to prank my co-workers! Each and everyone of them thought it was cake at first glance, instead they got another tasty surprise! super amazing idea.


Amazing! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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