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Spaghetti & Meatballs Cupcakes (Fun for April Fool’s)

Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes

yield: 24 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 35 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • white cake mix 9 oz box
  • cream cheese or vanilla frosting 16 oz
  • 3 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 3/4 cup low-sugar strawberry preserves (low-sugar has the best color)
  • 11 hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rocher) – unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons grated white chocolate

Directions

1

Prepare your cupcakes according to package instructions. Let them cool.

2

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, touching.

3

Spoon the remaining tinted frosting into a Ziploc bag. Snip a small corner from the bag (1/8 inch). I actually used a pastry bag and number 2 Wilton tip.

4

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.

5

Mix the chocolates with the strawberry preserves in a bowl to coat. Spoon some of the preserves on top of each cupcake. Place a chocolate on top of each cupcake. With a spoon, drizzle cupcakes with the remaining strawberry preserves.

6

Sprinkle the grated white chocolate over the cupcakes to look like Parmesan cheese.

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April Fool's Day spaghetti and meatball Cupcakes on a plate

April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, so 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 prefer, consider making a round cake disguised as a bowl of spaghetti!

piping frosting on spaghetti cupcakes

Where does April Fool’s Day come from? 

This day of pranks and general silliness has its roots in several different theories – most of them European:

  • From the 1300s, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is sometimes associated with this prank-loving holiday since in the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale”, Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox on what was meant to read as “32 March” (April 1).
  • In 1508, French poet Eloy d’Amerval mentioned a Poisson d’avril (April fool, literally “Fish of April”).
  • In 1539, the Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of servants sent on foolish errands on April 1.
  • In 1686, the first known British mention was John Aubrey’s reference to the celebration as “Fooles holy day”. (On April 1, 1698, several locals were even tricked into visiting the Tower of London to “see the Lions washed”. 🦁)

 


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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!

Ingredients

  • white cake mix 9 oz box
  • cream cheese or vanilla frosting 16 oz
  • 3 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 3/4 cup low-sugar strawberry preserves (low-sugar has the best color)
  • 11 hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rocher) – unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons grated white chocolate

Directions

1

Prepare your cupcakes according to package instructions. Let them cool.

2

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, touching.

3

Spoon the remaining tinted frosting into a Ziploc bag. Snip a small corner from the bag (1/8 inch). I actually used a pastry bag and number 2 Wilton tip.

4

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.

5

Mix the chocolates with the strawberry preserves in a bowl to coat. Spoon some of the preserves on top of each cupcake. Place a chocolate on top of each cupcake. With a spoon, drizzle cupcakes with the remaining strawberry preserves.

6

Sprinkle the grated white chocolate over the cupcakes to look like Parmesan cheese.

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plate of cupcakes that look like spaghetti and meatballs

These 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, 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!


 Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 

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Comments 47

  1. Jodi

    This is so cute! My kids will love it!

  2. Em

    I really hate April Fools.

  3. Sela

    Love this, gonna try it

  4. Em

    You know what would be really cool? A Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs party!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes, love that idea! 🙂

  5. Betsy

    That is hilarious. I looked at the picture and thought, “Gross!” My kids would love to bring these for a treat to their class on April 1. Not sure I want to put forth the effort though 🙂

  6. Colleen

    I love these, they are so cute! I looked at them and the “meatball” had me stumped, so I thought it would be to difficult and time consuming for me to do… But I CAN do this, thank you so much!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No super easy, you’re welcome!

  7. Steph

    Love this!!! So fun : 0)

  8. Allie

    I’m bummed! I thought this recipe was for individual sized spaghetti and meatballs! Lol!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh too funny, April Fools!! 🙂

  9. Tara

    I have made these countless times. I prefer to use raspberry preserves and they turn out tasting like a yummy jelly donut! I am not crafty nor patient when it comes to stuff like this but, these are fool proof. (No pun intended😊)

  10. meg

    These are super cute! You are so talented!.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh ha thanks Meg! 🙂

  11. Meghan F.

    Cute! Reminds me of my grandmother who was always trying to get me on April Fools. 🙂

  12. Lisa

    Any idea what could be substituted for the “meatball” for a nut-free daycare?

    • tanya

      My kids don’t like nuts, so I was thinking I’d make a chocolate cake, scoop it out and form it into balls. Hopefully it will sort of look like meatballs.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Also you could try to find another type of truffle or round candy maybe even shape a couple tootsie rolls together on a ball?

      • Renee

        Maybe you could crumble up chocolate cake & mix it with cream cheese. I’ve had truffles made like this & they were delicious.

    • Jodi

      I have the same question. Maybe some kind of truffle?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      A nut free truffle or maybe tootsie roll shaped into a ball or another chocolate round candy.

      • pixiepoe

        a chocolate doughnut hole?!?

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Oh good one!

    • Sarah

      You could do whoppers. Just put a few since they are smaller.

    • Em

      Mold together some tootsie rolls! Theyre nut free safe

    • Steph

      What about a whopper??

  13. Betsy

    I just saw this on Pinterest from hip2save 🙂

  14. Kellie

    This seems like something Sandra Lee would do. I will have to pass. Nice joke, though.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It’s originally from the NY Times Best seller book “Hello Cupcake” 🙂

  15. Nancy

    Awesome! I can’t wait to freak out my 9 and 5 years old boys with these!! Thanks Lina!!
    🙂

  16. Jackie

    My 4 year old is the snack kid at preschool on Monday, he’s going to love making these to bring for his class! Thanks!

  17. Beth

    I’m going to try these! A couple years ago I made “meatballs” for our April Fool’s day dinner. The meatballs had small Brussels sprouts on the inside so it made them look like huge meatballs! Looking at my families expression as they figured out what they were eating was the funniest thing! I can’t wait to make these this year! Thanks!

  18. Kidsallgone

    Anyone have any idea how to forward this post to my daughter? Thanks for any tips 🙂

    • Kathy

      Did you figure it out? Click on the title of the post. Just this post will then appear in your browser address box. Highlight and right click to copy. Then, in an email, right click and paste.

  19. Mel

    Lena, Once again you have just the perfect thing! My son and I were looking for something “special” to make for April Fool’s day. This looks like fun! Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It is so fun to make! Enjoy 🙂

  20. sarah

    My son’s birthday is on April Fool’s day! I think I am going to have to trick him this year! Thanks for the great idea! 🙂

  21. Ashley

    Oh my if only I can remember this when my sons older!

  22. Lisa

    you could sprinkle some confection sugar on top for the ‘cheese’ if you find it quicker and easier than grating white chocolate

  23. Debi j

    Please remember that the Rocher balls are made with hazelnut if you or some in your household has a tree nut allergy. If you do, just make truffles with crunched up Rice Krispies in the chocolate to substitute.

  24. Kathy

    We just finished making this — it was so fun! I didn’t have a block of white chocolate, but we used a Pampered Chef zester (I don’t know if that’s what it’s called….) with white chocolate chips and it worked great.

  25. Bologna

    Thanks! I made these for my sons pizza party! Oriental Trading co. had pizza party stuff on clearance too!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      How cute!

  26. Nancy

    My son’s birthday is April fool’s day. This is perfect!

  27. Jodi

    Chocolate doughnut holes would be a less expensive option for the meatballs. No way I’d waste Ferrero Rocher on a kid, lol

  28. Christi + S

    My 3 year old asked for a Meatball party (she’s crazy!) And I made a “bowl” of spaghetti and meatballs using this method. The bowl was a cake trimmed to resemble a bowl and covered in white frosting. So many people thought it really was spaghetti!

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