Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cake for Dinner?

It's almost April first. Do you know what's for dinner???

My kids look forward to April Fool's Day every year because I serve cake for dinner, and salad for dessert. Want to join us this year? It's fun!

For dinner, make your favorite meat loaf in two round cake pans. "Frost" and stack them just like you would a real cake, using mashed potatoes. I put some extra mashed potatoes in a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe a shell border around the bottom and top edges. Then dot the border with spots of mustard and ketchup. It really ends up looking like a cake, and the kids think it's great!

For dessert you'll need waffle ice cream bowls, ice cream, flaked coconut, green and yellow food coloring, whipped topping, black rope licorice - cut into 1/4-inch slices, and maraschino cherries. Scoop the ice cream into the waffle bowls. In separate resealable plastic bags, combine about a teaspoon of water with several drops of the food coloring; add coconut to each bag. Seal the bag and shake to tint.
Sprinkle the ice cream with the green coconut. Dollop with whipped topping. Sprinkle with the yellow coconut and licorice; top with the cherries.
And voila! Taco salads for dessert!

Of course, you'll also want something to "drink"...For six servings, prepare 2 packages (3 ounces, each) of strawberry gelatin. Refrigerate until partially set, about 2 hours. Stir in 3/4 cup each, sliced fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, and fresh blueberries. Pour into six tall drink or soda glasses. Insert a straw into each glass. Refrigerate until set. They'll look like wonderful drinks, but your family will be in for a surprise when they try to sip it up. Ha!

So now you know what we're eating next Tuesday. How about you? Will you serve cake for dinner???

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L the D said...

That's great! Last year we did a spaghetti torte with ricotta cheese frosting and angel food spaghetti cake (angel food cake covered with lightly-tinted vanilla frosting squirted out of a round-tipped pastry bag to look like noodles and topped with strawberry "meatballs"). It was an instant classic, but I think we're going to have to try the meatloaf this year--I've lost my taste for spaghetti, and I refuse to waste the food I prepare!

Jenileigh said...

What a great idea! I'll definitely try to do the meatloaf! Thanks for sharing Karen!

luvmy4sons said...

You little minx you!

StaceyStace said...

I'm going to try the "drinks" for sure! Maybe the "cake" too, if I'm brave enough.


Bobbie said...

So clever!

annie said...

How fun!!!

mom2triplets04 said...

What a cute idea. thanks for sharing it. My kids would get a kick out of it.

Sandy said...

Hi Karen, I was just surfing the internet and saw these exact ideas on some other sites. Too much work for me (I like the simple things) but looks like you are going to have GREAT FUN w/your family! Happy Fooling! :)
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Anonymous said...

i think I will need to try this! it sounds awesome!!
my kids would go nuts over it!

and re: to answer your question, yes, I was broken when I found out I was pregnant with my baby. It was the best thing that every happened! :)

freetofly said...

Very cute! Sounds like a lot of fun!


Jodi said...

What a fun dinner!!

Ang baylis said...

I obviously haven't been here lately because I didn't even recognize your new look! It's great! I love your idea for April Fool's Day dinner! I want to do it exactly like you!!!
Love to you!
Angie xoxo

Coach J said...

I never thought of this!! What a wonderful idea!
And, yes, I think we will have cake for supper and salad for dessert ;0)

Alisun@ABrookeInTheForest said...

That is such a cool idea!!

Tiffany said...

What a wonderful idea! It sounds like so much fun, I think I might try it! Blessings!

Nicki said...

What a great, great, great idea!!! Thank you for sharing this!!! I need to run to the store and get all this stuff!! How much fun will this be! I've never thought of doing something like this. Thanks for sharing!!!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for the ideas! I can't wait to do something crazy for my kids now that they are getting old enough to (sorta) understand the calendar!

kreed said...

How fun! Enjoy your "cake"!

And thanks for the read-through-the bible update and link...I have been meaning to do this for years and may just have to get started NOW!