Mouth-Watering Meatloaf Cake Recipe for Meat Lovers

Picture this: it’s April Fools’ Day and you’re looking for a fun and creative way to prank your family or friends. Look no further than this April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “cake” Recipe!

I know, I know – meatloaf may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of prank food, but hear me out. This recipe is the perfect way to turn a savory dinner into a hilarious gag. Plus, it’s delicious too!

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s also super customizable. You can add your own spin and really make this prank your own. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting out in the kitchen, this meatloaf cake is sure to impress and delight everyone at the table.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on making one of the most epic April Fools’ Day pranks ever – with the added bonus of being able to enjoy some tasty meatloaf as well!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

April Fools' Day Meatloaf
April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “cake”

Attention all culinarians, chefs, and foodies. I bring to you a recipe that will make you the mastermind of culinary shenanigans. Yes, you heard that right! The April Fools’ Day Meatloaf Cake Recipe is a perfect recipe to fool your friends and family. So, why will you love this recipe? Let me tell you.

Firstly, this meatloaf cake is easy to whip up and requires only a few ingredients such as lean ground beef, mashed potatoes, eggs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley and green onions. It’s a creative way to turn your favorite meatloaf recipe into a dish of fun.

Secondly, it’s customizable! You can switch up the mashed potato filling with some other favorites such as mac and cheese or green beans; whatever entices your taste buds!

Thirdly, this meatloaf cake looks so realistic that nobody will suspect anything until they cut through it. Can you imagine the look of astonishment on your guests’ faces when they are served a “cake” for dinner?

Fourthly, this recipe is versatile! It can be used as the main attraction or as a side dish to complement fried chicken or other comfort foods.

Lastly, it’s an opportunity to take part in the magic of April Fools’ Day. In addition to being a practical jokester’s dream recipe, it’s ideal for those who want to add more humor and fun into their day-to-day lives.

In conclusion, why not have some family fun and contribute to the love of pranks by trying out this fools day meal ideas? Whether it’s for April Fools’ Day specifically or anytime during the year when you just need a bit of fun in your life – this recipe is sure to leave everyone marveling at your creativity and talent!

Ingredient List

 April Fools' Day just got a whole lot meatier with this meatloaf
April Fools’ Day just got a whole lot meatier with this meatloaf “cake”

Here are the ingredients you will need for this April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “cake” Recipe:


  • 2 lbs. of lean ground beef
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Cherry tomatoes for the garnish

Mashed Potatoes:

For the mashed potatoes layer:
– 3 cups of mashed potatoes
– 1/4 cup of milk

This unique meatloaf also has a surprise twist. I won’t spoil it just yet but it involves the mashed potato layer.

The Recipe How-To

Now that you have decided to pull an April Fools’ Day prank on your family and serve them a “cake” made out of delicious meatloaf, let’s get started with the recipe!


  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 cup of mashed potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease a round cake pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef and use your hands to break it into small pieces.
  4. Add the mashed potatoes, minced garlic cloves, eggs, milk, fresh parsley, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper into the mixing bowl with the ground beef.
  5. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  6. Pour half of the meat mixture into the prepared pan and press it down with your hands.
  7. Arrange cherry tomatoes on top of the meat layer.
  8. Pour the rest of the meat mixture on top of the cherry tomatoes and press it down until it is level.
  9. Cover the meatloaf with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the foil from the meatloaf and bake at the same temperature for an additional 30 minutes or until cooked through.
  11. Let the meatloaf sit for a few minutes before carefully removing it from the cake pan onto a serving dish.

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful “cake” made out of delicious meatloaf that will sure be a hit among your family members!

For an extra April Fools’ Day prank points, decorate your “cake” with mashed potato frosting or make it look like a birthday cake by placing candles on top.

In case you want to try different combinations or need some ideas on how to serve this prank meal that doesn’t fall apart easily, keep reading for more tips in (5) Substitutions and Variations section!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who said meatloaf can't be fancy?
Who said meatloaf can’t be fancy?

Are you looking to try something different with this April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “cake” recipe? Well, here are some ideas for substitutions and variations that will definitely please your taste buds.

First, let’s talk about the meat mixture. While lean ground beef is the primary protein source in this recipe, you could easily use other meats like ground turkey or chicken. This would be a great option for those who prefer a lighter dish, but still want to enjoy the flavors of a classic meatloaf.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try adding some chopped bacon or shredded cheese to the meat mixture. The addition of bacon will bring a smoky flavor that complements the meatloaf very well, while the cheese will add some creaminess to every bite.

When it comes to the mashed potatoes layer, you can experiment with different types of potato. Yukon gold potatoes will give you velvety mash with a buttery flavor that pairs perfectly with the meat mixture. Or, if you’d like to spice things up, try adding roasted garlic or chives into your mashed potatoes.

What about toppings? Instead of cherry tomatoes on top of the “cake”, you can try adding sliced mushrooms or onions for a more savory twist. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, sprinkle brown sugar over the top layer of mashed potatoes before baking. The slight sweetness balances perfectly with the salty and savory flavors throughout.

Finally, consider switching up your presentation. Rather than crafting a cake-like shape with layers of meat and mashed potatoes, try using muffin tins to make individual meatloaf cupcakes. You could even crumble up some cornbread in the bottom of each tin and spoon in a scoop of mashed potatoes on top – it’ll be like having mini pies!

Don’t be afraid to get creative with substitutions and variations – it’s all part of the fun when cooking up an April Fools’ Day prank dish!

Serving and Pairing

 Forget dessert, it's time for a savory
Forget dessert, it’s time for a savory “cake”

When it comes to serving and pairing the April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “Cake”, there are many options to choose from. This faux cake filled with savory meatloaf layers and mashed potato frosting is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party or family gathering.

To make this dish look even more like a dessert, I suggest garnishing the cake with cherry tomatoes cut in half, creating the illusion of sprinkles. Another option would be to sprinkle some fresh parsley over the top of the mashed potato frosting for a pop of color and added flavor.

In terms of pairing, fried chicken or roasted vegetables would complement this dish nicely. You could also serve it alongside a fresh green salad for a light and refreshing contrast.

For those who have a bit of a sweet tooth, why not try pairing this “cake” with actual dessert cakes like carrot cake or even birthday cake? It’ll be amusing to see the surprise looks on everyone’s faces when they realize that what they thought was something sweet was in fact an ingenious savory prank!

Overall, this inventive meatloaf recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to mix things up in the kitchen while having some family fun on April Fools’ Day or any day where a food prank is desired.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This isn't your grandma's meatloaf
This isn’t your grandma’s meatloaf

I know that pulling off an April Fools’ Day prank requires some advance planning, so you’ll be pleased to know that this meatloaf cake recipe is perfect for making ahead of time. To prepare the cake in advance, simply follow the recipe instructions as outlined and allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, wrap the meatloaf cake tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving.

If you’re not planning on serving this dish immediately after making it, storing and reheating it properly will keep it tasting great. To store leftover meatloaf cake, slice it into portions and place each portion in an airtight container. You can refrigerate cooked meatloaf for up to four days or freeze it for up to three months.

To reheat the leftover meatloaf, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil and set the slices on top of the foil. Cover the meatloaf with foil and bake it for 10-15 minutes until heated through. This reheating technique will help ensure that the slices stay moist and don’t dry out.

This recipe is perfect for leftovers since it’s so versatile – you can serve these delicious meatloaf slices cold in a lunchbox with some cherry tomatoes on top as a fun twist on traditional fried chicken strips. For a more adventurous approach, try using leftovers to make individual “cake pops” by rolling them into balls and coating them with breadcrumbs before baking them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Make-ahead dishes like this one are perfect for busy weeknights when you’re short of time but still want to serve your family a tasty meal. With just one dish to clean up, your kitchen will stay clean and tidy while everyone enjoys this fun twist on a classic comfort food dish.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this unconventional
Impress your guests with this unconventional “cake”

April Fools’ Day is the perfect time to trick your friends and family with this meatloaf cake recipe. As a culinary explorer, I’m here to help you make the perfect April Fools’ Day meal that both looks and tastes great. Here are some tips for getting the best results with your meatloaf cake prank.

1. Use Lean Ground Beef

It’s tempting to use fatty ground beef to add flavor, but lean ground beef is better for April Fools’ Day meatloaf because it won’t become too dry when baking. The last thing you want is a dry and tough meatloaf that falls apart when cut into slices.

2. Cook the Meatloaf at 350 Degrees

Cook meatloaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper at 350 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. Preheat the oven and allow enough space between the oven tray and the oven wall, so it bakes evenly.

3. Cover the Meatloaf While Baking

Covering your meatloaf while baking will help to prevent moisture loss and will also help the meat cook evenly. Make sure to remove the cover for the last 10 minutes of baking so that you get a nicely browned outer layer.

4. Let the Meat Loaf Sit Before Slicing

Allow the meatloaf cake to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting it into slices. This will help to keep it together during slicing, and allow any excess juices to redistribute throughout the cake.

5. Add Mashed Potatoes ‘Icing”

Top off your meatloaf cake with mashed potatoes ‘icing’ and spread thinly over each cake layer, creating a layered look or use piping tools to make swirls giving it more of a dessert look”. Don’t forget carrot sprinkles if making a carrot cake variation.

With these simple tips, you can make sure your April Fools’ Day meatloaf prank turns out perfectly delicious, fooling everyone around you!


Now that you’ve got the hang of creating this “April Fools’ Day Meatloaf Cake”, you may have some questions lingering in your mind. To make sure that everything is crystal clear, I’ll be providing answers to some of the most commonly asked FAQs about this recipe. So, let’s dive straight into it!

What is the secret to moist meatloaf?

When preparing meat dishes, it’s important to keep in mind the significance of moisture. Throughout the cooking process, I highly recommend incorporating wet ingredients such as eggs, ketchup, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, barbecue sauce, or a mixture of them. Not only do these ingredients offer a boost of flavor and texture, but they also contribute to producing tender, juicy meat. This is an essential tip to always keep in mind when cooking with meat.

Do you cover meatloaf with aluminum foil when baking?

When cooking meatloaf, there are options to cook it covered or uncovered. One way to cook the meatloaf is uncovered for the entire cooking time. However, if you are worried about the top of the meatloaf burning, you can cover it with foil for the first 45 minutes and then remove it for the final 15 minutes to ensure that the top is golden brown.

Is it better to cook meatloaf at 350 or 375?

When it comes to cooking meatloaf, maintaining a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit is crucial for producing a flavorful and moist result. This temperature setting ensures that the meatloaf cooks evenly without becoming overly dry or burnt. So, it’s essential to keep the temperature at the recommended level while making this dish to achieve the desired texture and taste.

Why does my meatloaf fall apart?

Have you ever made a meatloaf only to have it crumble apart once you try to slice it? This common issue can sometimes be attributed to the lack of binding agents in the recipe. Using ingredients such as eggs and breadcrumbs is crucial as they help hold the meat mixture together during the cooking process. Keep this in mind if you want a perfectly formed meatloaf.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “Cake” Recipe is a unique and exciting dish that is perfect for serving at your next April Fool’s Day prank or family gathering. With its savory meat mixture and delicious mashed potato frosting, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser that will have everyone fooled into thinking they are about to eat a sweet cake. The recipe is easy to follow and can be customized to your liking with different variations and substitutions.

Not only is this recipe a fun way to prank your loved ones or guests, but it also provides a tasty meal that is both satisfying and comforting. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and let your imagination run wild with fun and unique food pranks.

So I encourage you to give this recipe a try and see for yourself the joy and excitement it can bring to your next April Fool’s Day celebration or family dinner. Who knows? It might just become your new favorite meatloaf recipe!

April Fools' Day Meatloaf

April Fools’ Day Meatloaf “cake” Recipe

I got this recipe form 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
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 386 kcal


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
  • 3 1/2 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, stems removed


  • Preparing the Meat Loaf.
  • 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.
  • 2. Divide mixture between two 8-inch round cake pans, patting to cover pans evenly and make level.
  • 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.
  • Decorating the Meat Loaf.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Serving: 330gCalories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 31.2gProtein: 29.9gFat: 15.1gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 147.4mgSodium: 1404.3mgFiber: 3.1gSugar: 3.4g
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