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April Fools Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes

By: Janet Roof
Updated February 10, 2021
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There's nothing like delicious spaghetti and meatballs... cupcakes? Spoof someone you love with these fun and tasty April Fools Cupcakes! They may look like spaghetti, but they don't taste like it! Cupcake recipes like these are a must-make.


Adapted from Hello, Cupcake, by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson.

Follow along and learn how to make these cupcakes in this time lapse video:




  • --White Cupcakes:
  • 1 box white cupcake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk (substitute this instead of water in mix)
  • oil, according to box directions
  • 4 eggs (substitute this instead of what box mix says)
  • --Frosting for Cupcakes:
  • 1 tub vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 10 hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rocher), unwrapped
  • 3/4 cup low-sugar strawberry preserves (best color)
  • white grated chocolate (as needed)


  1. For Cupcakes:

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set foil baking cups on baking sheet.

  3. Mix ingredients in a large bowl on medium speed until moistened for 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat for two minutes longer until thick.

  4. Fill baking cups two thirds full with batter. Large cups yield about 15, small cups about 24 cupcakes.

  5. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes; depending on size of cups.

  6. Remove cupcakes from oven and baking pan, place on cooling racks, and allow to cool completely. Set aside for decorating. Cupcakes can be baked the day before decorating. Store covered in a cool dry place.

  7. Decorating the Cupcakes:

  8. Place frosting in a small bowl, add cocoa powder and yellow food coloring and mix well.

  9. Frost cupcakes with a thin coating of frosting and place cupcakes on serving platter.

  10. Fill decorator bag (use medium round tip) with frosting and pipe frosting all over cupcakes as if they were one big plate of spaghetti.

  11. Unwrap chocolates and place in small bowl. Cover chocolates with strawberry preserves and mix gently. Place one chocolate "meatball" on each cupcake and drizzle strawberry preserves over the top.

  12. Use remainder of strawberry preserves to cover areas of the frosting. Serve as one giant platter of "spaghetti and meatballs."

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These are really cute! I was involved in an episode of Dinner Impossible which featured food that looked like other food (meatloaf made to look like a chocolate cake, for example). It was quite fascinating (and tasty!) and I'm happy to see this recipe crop up. It would be a great thing to make up for a kids party, though I'm sure adults would love them, too.


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