My Grandmother was a prankster who loved April Fools Day. I remember one year she told us there was a snake in the toilet. My brother and I ran into that bathroom so fast, only to hear my Gramma cackling behind us. Another year, she put string in our spaghetti. It got to the point where on April first, we all watched our backs, careful not to fall prey to my gramma’s trickery.
I DO love a good prank, though I have never really been good at pulling them off. I’ve done the easy pranks on April 1st – you know, saying I was fired, or pregnant, or moving, but I longed to do better. And then this year, inspiration struck in the form of a grilled cheese sandwich.
Except, that’s not a grilled cheese sandwich at all. It’s toasted pound cake and tinted butter cream frosting.
It was really easy to do. Just take a loaf of Entenmann’s pound cake and slice it to look like bread:
Get butter cream frosting, and use yellow and red food coloring until it looks like the color of melted cheese:
Toast the pound cake slices so they are brown and warm. You could either use a toaster oven or a regular old toaster. I used the latter.
I cut the pound cake before I frosted the pieces, and this turned out to be a good idea. Less crumbling, plus the frosting didn’t smear all over the place. Once I had my sandwich, I settled on my Gramma’s favorite victim – my dad (or as Maddie now calls him, Bampa). I set the sandwich down in front of him, then stood back and watched.
Taking the first bite and realizing something…wasn’t…right.
Being a good sport (note the Squirt Bottle of Discipline. My dog is a food grubber.)
Maddie, denying all knowledge or blame for the incident.
I think I made my Gramma proud today. Did anyone else fool or get fooled? I’m already thinking about next year…
I am so surprised I wasnt fooled. I was too tired to fool others as well. I totally love that cake idea- it rocks. But the only person I could do that to is my husband and he wouldnt really care or react- so it takes the fun out of it!!!
btw- you look so much like your dad!
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Domestic Extraordinaire says:
no fooling going on around here. When I was younger I remember my grandma played some mean pranks on us, must of been their generation or something.
Love the look on your dad’s face when he took the 1st bite. How are you going to top that next year?
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i’m totally going to try this on my kids!
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OMG that is great – I have showed everyone in my office – they can’t believe it! Way to got!
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You are too cute! Love it.
Easy and delicious!! YAY Heather!
That pic of Maddie, ha ha
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Kim O'Connell says:
Well done Heather. Why am I not suprised? I love that Maddie calls your dad Bampa. That is what Catie is going to call my dad. My grandfather was Bampa, my dad’s dad was Bampa, his dad was Bampa, etc. It’s the best! I miss you and Maddie and hope to see you both soon! xoxo
My 13 y/o daughter had a signed referral sitting on the counter when I walked in. It was from the principal saying that she had pulled a prank that went too far. I marched up the stairs to find out what it was all about. She was kind of half smiling and then buried her face as she explained, and that should have been my first clue! She would have been a bawling mess had she gotten a referral! Anyhow, when I was just on the verge of figuring out what to do with her, she told me to read the second page, where the principal had written and signed April Fools! I admit it, she got me!
Poor, Kirk! That is super creative and really looks like a grilled cheese sandwich.
I want to eat that.
Ummm…yeah, that actually looks good!
That was a nice harmless joke though! Good for you!
I am doing that to my daughter next year. Wait, maybe I’ll just make one this year and never say April Fool’s while I eat the whole thing!
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That’s classic…I hope I remember this one next year.
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Karen MEG says:
OMG that looks good….
That’s great. I want to try that on someone.
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LOOKS SO REAL…What fun!
Oh, Kirk. Gotta love the facial expressions.
Good one! I saw on the news April is Grilled Cheese month. who knew?!
I love the string thing. Might have to borrow it for next year
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Awesome trick! I’ll have that kind of ‘grilled cheese’ any day!
That’s a good one! Looks tasty too.
I sadly did not get anyone this year but my mother-in-law is the master of April Fool’s Day tricks. For example: A few years ago she convinced my husband, his sister and his step-dad that she was leaving him….for a woman. My sister-in-law was freaking out, my father-in-law was going nuts and my husband (the ever non confrontational middle child) was telling her “well, if it makes you happpy mom…” She’s good.
What a cute idea!
I woke up on April 1 to find all the cereal bags had been transferred to different boxes, my hot water heater turned off (made for a very quick shower!) and the sprayer on my kitchen sink rubber banded so that when I turned the faucet on I was sprayed. My husband also salted my toothbrush, but I rinsed it before I put toothpaste on it so I didn’t notice that one. LOL.
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midwest mommy says:
The look on his face was great!
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moosh in indy. says:
I have a crush on your dad.
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That is funny cuz he you know he was thinking grilled cheese and then took a bite and his brain probably couldn’t figure out what was going on for a second or two.
Sadly, I didn’t play any April Fool’s day tricks but I did have family come into town last night and I stuck fake dog doo on the bed and fooled ’em. That was the best .99 cents I have spent in a lonnnnng time!
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I can’t wait until next year when I can pull this prank! That’s a great idea!
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What a fun idea for a prank! That looks just like a cheese sandwich.
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Oh my gosh, that’s such a good idea! I love it
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Forget the prank — I’m blown away by the amazingly beautiful face of that Maddie child!
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That was great! A happy April Fools day. One April Fools day my boss’s mom called me on the phone and told me she needed help getting some packages from her car to the office. I ran outside and then ran around the building trying to find her. Finally about 20 minutes later I returned to a phone call….”April Fools!” That little old German lady got me good!
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I always dread April Fools Day, but this is a great prank! That looks awesome (and actually sounds tasty, unlike many disgusting pranks).
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Wow! We pretty much did the complete opposite. I made a cake…only it wasn’t a cake at all, it was meatloaf with (blue) mashed potato frosting. (Of course, I blogge about it!) I only wish I knew about this… I could have served this too, and told my boys that we were having dessert first, and dinner afterwards. Well, there’s always next year.
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That was classic! The closest thing I have to that is when my cousins put chocolate frosting on the cornbread and said that it was cake! I thought that chocolate frosted cornbread was GREAT, though!!!
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