For the past few years, I’ve been surprising my boys with a silly supper of foods disguised as other foods. Our tradition began in 2013, when I baked a meatloaf in two round cake pans and frosted them with mashed potatoes to make a layer cake. (Sadly, I forgot to take a photo.) Later I presented them with pizza for dessert—yellow cake baked in a deep dish pizza pan for the crust, red frosting for the sauce, grated white chocolate for mozzarella cheese, and circles cut from fruit leather for pepperoni.
The following year, I served cupcakes for supper (meatloaf topped with mashed potatoes and a grape tomato) and, for dessert, brownie and cupcake burgers. They didn’t turn out at perfectly as Bakerella’s did, but the boys didn’t mind!
In 2015, I made them a bundt cake that was really a calzone—or at least a close approximation of one. For dessert, they enjoyed sushi made from Rice Krispie treats, orange slices, fruit roll-ups, frosting wasabi, chocolate sauce for soy sauce.
Last year, the boys had friends over for a Destination Imagination meeting, so I prepared an April Fool’s feast for six teenagers. We started with apple and cherry pies — or rather, deep dish turkey pie and cheese pizza.
On the side were gingerbread cookies — marble rye bread cut with cookie cutters.
To drink, how about a refreshing glass of cherry jello disguised as fruit punch?
“Dessert for supper? Why not?”
And for our “supper for dessert,” I brought out that old family favorite, pizza cake.
As for April Fool’s Day 2017…no spoilers! Stay tuned!