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April Fools' "Grilled Cheese" Lunch

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April Fools' "Grilled Cheese" Lunch
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 6
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April Fools' "Grilled Cheese" Lunch

Betty Crockerâ„¢ pound cake is sliced thin, grilled, then spread with tinted frosting. Serve it up with candy berries, and "peas and carrots" and you've got a full lunch that isn't really lunch at all!


box Betty Crocker™ pound cake mix
tablespoons butter
can Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
Betty Crocker™ red and yellow decorating gels


  • 1 Bake the Betty Crocker™ pound cake according to directions. NOTE: Bake your Betty Crocker™ cake mix ahead of time to make this snack a snap to assemble.
  • 2 Slice the cooled pound cake into 1/2 inch slices. Spread both sides of each slice with a bit of softened butter.
  • 3 Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Grill each side of the buttered pound cake until golden brown. Remove and cool.
  • 4 Tint the frosting with the gel coloring until the color of your frosting matches the color of American cheese slices. (about 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring, and 1/8 teaspoon red food coloring).
  • 5 Spread the frosting between each of the grilled pound cake slices.
  • 6 Serve with candy berries. Slice pieces of orange candies and toss with green Sixlets candies to create April Fools Day peas and carrots. Serve with a cup of vanilla pudding milk with a candy stick straw.
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April Fools -- This Isn't Lunch!

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen,

Surprise! It's not time for lunch -- but this tricky dessert looks just like something you'd pack for school. A hilarious greeting to April Fools' Day!

I was standing in the middle school lunchroom one afternoon and happened to look down at my sandwich. I'd already munched two bites off of it without paying much attention, and now noticed a strange green item sticking out from under the bread. I peeled back the meat and cheese and found a piece of green paper (with two nice, big bites already taken out of it!). On the paper was my dad's handwriting, "April Fools!"

Now that I'm a mom, I love to bring the same tricky spirit to the holiday that my dad raised me with, and this "meal" that's actually a sneaky "dessert" is a super fun way to do it -- without green paper stuck between two slices of a sandwich! We found this April Fools' "Grilled Cheese" Sandwich on the internet and just had to give it a try.

Slice Betty Crocker pound cake into 1/2" slices, then spread each slice with a bit of softened butter.

Butter Pound Cake

Place the slices on a grill pan heated to medium heat, then cook both sides until golden brown.

Grill the Pound Cake

Tint Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting with red and yellow Betty Crocker Gel Food Coloring. You'll need more yellow than red to achieve that perfect "melted American cheese" color.

Add Food Coloring to the Frosting

Just add each color a little at a time until you're satisfied with your color.

Mix the Frosting

Spread your tinted frosting between two slices of grilled pound cake.

Spread Frosting Between Slices

Make it a meal by serving your pound cake "grilled cheese" sandwich with candy berries (a sprig of fresh mint makes them look extra real).

Cut orange candy slices into "carrot sticks" with a sharp knife, and toss them with green Sixlets candies to make a side of "peas and carrots" for your lunch. To finish off your meal, fill a small cup with vanilla pudding and serve it with a candy stick "straw."

April Fools' Day Food

Happy April Fools' Day!

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