Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes (Fun April Fool’s Day Dessert Idea)
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Play a tasty trick on family and friends with spaghetti cupcakes that taste as good as they look! These are the ultimate April Fools cupcakes!
Looking for some April Fools Desserts? Here is a fun idea to “fool” the kids!
These cute treats look so much like spaghetti and meatballs, but they are actually yummy cupcakes! These cupcakes are simple to make. Or, if you’re up for the challenge, consider making an entire round cake disguised as a bowl of spaghetti!
Making these cupcakes are much easier than they look, and the result is a priceless reaction and delicious desserts!
Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes
yield: 24 SERVINGS
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 35 MINUTES
Create this fun cupcake recipe for April Fool's Day!
- 9 oz. white cake mix box
- 16 oz. tub cream cheese or vanilla frosting
- 3 drops of yellow food coloring
- 3/4 cup low-sugar strawberry preserves (low-sugar has the best color)
- 24 hazelnut chocolates, unwrapped (I used Ferrero Rocher, but you could use anything that resembles a meatball)
- 2 tablespoons grated white chocolate
Prepare your cupcakes according to package instructions. Let them cool.
Tint the frosting with the yellow food coloring. Spread a thin layer of tinted frosting on top of the cupcakes. Arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter close together.
Spoon the remaining tinted frosting into a piping bag with a Number 2 Wilton tip. Alternatively, you could use a Ziploc bag and snip a small corner from the bag (1/8 inch). Either piping method is fine!
Now, have fun piping the frosting all over the cupcakes to make the noodles (this was my favorite part!). Make sure to pile the “noodles” high and have some of the “noodles” hang over the edges of the cupcakes.
Mix the "meatball" chocolates with the strawberry preserves in a bowl to coat. Spoon some of the preserves on top of each cupcake. Place preserves-coated chocolate on top of each cupcake. With a spoon, drizzle cupcakes with the remaining strawberry preserves.
Sprinkle the grated white chocolate over the cupcakes to look like Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy, and Happy April Fool's Day!
Hip Tips for these April Fools Cupcakes:
- The “meatballs” in these cupcakes are Fererro Rocher brand chocolates, and look so realistic! They do have hazelnut, so if you need a nut-free option maybe consider rolling rice crispy treats into balls, or perhaps use chocolate donut holes.
- You’ll need a “sauce” for the meatballs, and strawberry jam looks super realistic for it. Really any type of strawberry topping would work.
- For the frosting, I first dyed white store-bought frosting using yellow dye and then piped it all over the cupcake with a pastry bag and a very thin frosting tip. In a pinch, I’m sure you could put the frosting into a freezer bag and cut one of the corners to make a very small tip.
- Instead of the grated white chocolate as parmesan, coconut shavings would be yummy, too!
These spaghetti and meatball cupcakes are always such a hit!
These cupcakes really made my kids laugh – I loved watching their faces as they tried to figure out what they were actually eating. Really, it’s a harmless, fun way to put a little fun into normal cupcakes.
These would be terrific for a birthday celebration, too, or for any time you need a cool, inventive dessert to bring. Enjoy! 🙂
Do you make or do something fun for April Fool’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!
Had one come through with Tastefully Simple Almond cake. You bake the cake, freeze it, slice it, and cut it with a crinkle cut vegetable cutter or knife into french fries. Then toast the cake cuts in brown butter on the stove, and serve with Rhubarb Strawberry Jam in a cup on the side.
Oh fun! That’s sounds cool too 😍
Thanks for all your hard work on these posts ~ so fun!
Yay! Thanks for stopping by!
We sprinkled salty on my hubby’s blueberry bread today and planning to put carrots in a chip bag
Oh ha funny!
This is actually a cute idea
That’s a good one
Reminds me of eating Spaghetti Eis in Germany growing up. It is an all year long offer in Ice Cream Parlors in Germany. In the winter the ice cream stores are changed to another store like fur stores or luggage stores. LOL
I love this
We used this idea for my son’s 1st birthday (cloudy with a chance of meatballs theme). Safeway made the cupcakes for us and then we put the ferrer Rocher on it without the sauce, but also added a small wooden fork and it turned out great! 🙂
How funny! I am going to save this one! Thanks for sharing.