Yesterday was April Fools Day.
Around here, it’s a big deal because my husband picks on us all year round, and this day is the day where we get to get him back. My instagram feed was filled with all our innocent pranks, from putting bathtub dye tablets into the toilet and toilet tank, so when you flush the blue water, it comes back pink! – to Audrey making Charlie a box of “Brown E’s” for dessert. We even glued googly eyes and mustaches to everything in the fridge! But my favorite pranks I played on my family, was messing with their food. Because I am an evil genius.
The morning started off like any morning. I woke up the girls and asked them if they would like pancakes for breakfast. They had no idea it was April Fools Day. Maybe you remember what I did to them last year. It was hilarious (and funny to see how much the kids have grown and my photos have improved!). So for breakfast we had April Fools Day Pancakes!
So I went with the tiny food theme again this time, and decided that a giant stack of tiny pancakes would be really funny. And I was right.
The girls sort of just stared at me and smirked. They know this routine. A mom who “thinks” she’s too cool, and awesome for words. In reality I am those things, they just don’t know it yet.
I blurted out “HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!” and they rolled their eyes and sort of laughed. They would not be fooled by my trickery and declared that they in fact liked the pancakes better this way. The entire presentation of them is what got me the most worked up.
And most people I sent the joke to didn’t know they were mini until I sent them a photo of the entire plate and stack of pancakes in the palm of my hand. It really hits home when you see how tiny they really are in comparison. These are the mini versions of silver dollar pancakes, and those are pretty small too!
DELICIOUS! But a sly bit of trickery, nonetheless.
I win April Fools Day in our house. I am the best prankster around.
- Your favorite pancake recipe prepared - boxed or homemade
- A tablespoon
- A flat griddle
- Non-Stick cooking spray
- Make your pancake batter using your preferred method. I find that boxed mix works best with this because I tend to find homemade pancakes just too fluffy for this prank. Regardless, prepare your pancake mix and heat your griddle to medium. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Using a tablespoon, gently spoon a small bit of batter into tiny rounds on your griddle. My griddle can fit about 8 pancakes at a time. These cook up very fast, so make sure you're not doing anything else or they will burn quickly. By the time you've poured your last pancake, the first one should be about done. Using a small spatula, carefully flip each over and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Let cool slightly, stack up and serve on a small plate with a pat of butter and some syrup.
- Wait for the looks of confusion and then laugh!
We also had Meatloaf “Cake” for dinner, with mashed potato frosting and “funfetti” pepper sprinkles and “Spaghetti and Meatball” cupcakes for dessert. Forgive the poor quality of the photos, they were taken with my iPhone 5 in pretty icky light… but whenever I whip out my DSLR at dinner I get nasty looks for those around me! Haha! The life of a blogger I guess!
I made my meatloaf like normal, and instead of using a loaf pan, used 2 – 9″ rounds. I then “frosted” my meat cake with mashed potatoes, added the next layer and frosted like normal. The remaining mashed potatoes were put into a plastic baggie and “piped” around the edge to give it a more cake look. I sprinkled unused rainbow bell peppers on top like confetti sprinkles! Inside it is loaded with lots of colorful peppers and veggies to give it a “funfetti” look inside and to be sneaky and add veggies into an otherwise “vegetable free” meal.
The cupcakes were store bought vanilla cupcakes – I forgot it was April 1st until around 10pm on March 31st. But store bought worked great! We just put some vanilla frosting into a plastic baggie, snipped off one corner and piped it all around like noodles. The “meatballs” are Ferrero Rocher chocolates, tossed in some strawberry jam! They were very sweet and rich, but insanely cute and the girls had a blast making them!