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April Fool’s Cake

April Fool's Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Standing Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry tomatoes, green onions, ground beef, mashed potatoes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

For the Meat Loaf

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic large minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Decoration

  • 1 jar roasted red peppers 12 ounces, drained and patted dry
  • 3 1/2 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 8 cherry tomatoes stems removed

Instructions

Preparing the Meat Loaf

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, green onions, milk, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper just until blended.
  • Divide mixture between two 8-inch round cake pans, patting to cover pans evenly and make level.
  • Bake meat loaves until juices run clear when meat is pierced with a fork, or meat loaves register 170°F on a meat thermometer, 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove pans from the oven; cover loosely with foil and let stand for 10 minutes.

Decorating the Meat Loaf

  • Pour off juices from pans. Invert 1 meat loaf onto a flat serving plate. Using a small sharp knife, trim red peppers so that they lie flat. Cover top of meat loaf with a single layer of roasted red peppers.
  • Invert second meat loaf onto red pepper layer. Using a spatula, spread 2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes over top and sides of meat loaf. Spoon remaining potatoes into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe swirls around top edges of cake. Pipe stars around bottom of cake.
  • Place cherry tomatoes, stem-ends down, in a ring around top of meat loaf "cake" to resemble cherries. Cut meat loaf into wedges; serve immediately.

Notes

Remember, cooking times may vary depending on ovens, so test doneness before stated cooking times.
Nutritional values listed may vary from final results depending on actual measurements and brands used to prepare the recipe.
Nutrition Facts
April Fool's Cake
Amount per Serving
Calories
357
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
142
mg
47
%
Sodium
 
1167
mg
51
%
Potassium
 
938
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
32
g
64
%
Vitamin A
 
836
mcg
93
%
Vitamin C
 
52
mg
63
%
Calcium
 
109
mg
11
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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