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April Fools' TV Dinner Cupcakes

Feed and fool your friends and family this April! These April Fools' Food Pranks are easy to make, fun to serve and are super tasty too!
Course Dessert, cake
Cuisine American
Keyword April Fools' Food Pranks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 274kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • pretzel rods
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 3 plain store-bought doughnut holes
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs or graham cracker crumbs




To make the drumsticks:

  • Break off about 3 inches of a pretzel rod and place the broken end into a donut hole.  
  • Frost the donut hole and about 1/2 inch of the pretzel rod giving it a drumstick shape.
  • Place cornflake crumbs in a medium bowl.  Roll the "drumstick" in the cornflake crumbs making it look like a fried piece of chicken.
  • Gently press frosted cupcakes in crumbs to cover completely then place a drumstick on top of each cupcake.  
  • Place cupcakes in a 6-cup disposable aluminum cupcake baking tray.

To make the mashed potatoes:

  • Spread vanilla frosting on 1 cupcake, mounding it slightly. Use a small spoon to create a well in the center of the frosting. Place cupcake in aluminum baking tray. 
  • Place yellow fruit chew (smoosh it around the sides so it flattens and looks more like it is melting) in the well at an angle. 
  • Drizzle caramel sauce on top of cupcake so that it fills the well and spills over like gravy.

To make the peas and carrots:

  • Color vanilla frosting with green food coloring and spread on top of 1 cupcake. Arrange orange fruit chews and green candies on top of cupcake, pressing them into the frosting. Place cupcake in aluminum baking tray.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg