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Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes (Fun April Fool’s Day Dessert Idea)

Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes

yield: 24 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 35 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 9 oz. white cake mix box
  • Ceam 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)
  • 24 hazelnut chocolates, unwrapped (I used Ferrero Rocher but you could use anything that resembles a meatball)
  • 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 and snip a small corner from the bag (1/8 inch). I actually used a pastry bag and number 2 Wilton tip, but either piping method is fine.

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 "meatball" chocolates with the strawberry preserves in a bowl to coat. Spoon some of the preserves on top of each cupcake. Place a preserves-coated 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.

7

Enjoy!

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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 an entire round cake disguised as a bowl of spaghetti!

piping frosting on spaghetti cupcakes

Hip Recipe Tips: 

    • 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 thin frosting tip. In a pinch, I’m sure you could put the frosting into a freezer bag and cut one of the corners


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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

  • 9 oz. white cake mix box
  • Ceam 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)
  • 24 hazelnut chocolates, unwrapped (I used Ferrero Rocher but you could use anything that resembles a meatball)
  • 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 and snip a small corner from the bag (1/8 inch). I actually used a pastry bag and number 2 Wilton tip, but either piping method is fine.

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 "meatball" chocolates with the strawberry preserves in a bowl to coat. Spoon some of the preserves on top of each cupcake. Place a preserves-coated 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.

7

Enjoy!

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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!


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Comments 10

  1. debiannj

    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.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh fun! That’s sounds cool too 😍

  2. Dee

    How do you get 24 servings when you have 11 “meatballs” and you put one on each cupcakes?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for asking! This has been updated!

  3. hmwill

    Thanks for all your hard work on these posts ~ so fun!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. poojagarg

    We sprinkled salty on my hubby’s blueberry bread today and planning to put carrots in a chip bag

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ha funny!

  5. Michelle R

    This is actually a cute idea

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Michelle!

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