So much fun I wanted to share it...

On a previous April Fools' Day we had a main dish that looked like dessert- this "carrot cake" is really meatloaf and mashed potatoes.....    

And a dessert that looked like a main dish.

So here was the whole meal. 

The actual cake, the spaghetti and meatballs, was made using the Sauerkraut Cake recipe.

The original idea came from someone's two-person 'cake', made using two giant hamburger patties-- each about a half pound-- as the cake layers, frosted the same as below.

To make this one, started with about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of burger and make it into meatloaf, pat it into a 7" circle with vertical sides, and bake it in an 8x8 square baking dish.  When it is done, toast about 1/2 cup bread crumbs in the still-hot oven (I used panko because that's what was in the cupboard); about five minutes is all it will take.  After the mealoaf has rested about ten minutes to firm up, cover it using about 3 cups of mashed potatoes.  (I made them using potato flakes.)  To pipe the carrots, soften about 2 oz. of plain cream cheese; tint half orange, and half green.  Put each color in a ziptop baggie and snip a small corner off; squeeze a carrot shape first, then make 2-4 small green lines for each carrot top.  I used a pastry tip for the swirl on top (filled JUST the decorating tip with potatoes, and shoved my clean thumb into it); you can skip that part, use a bag and tip, or snip an 'M' shape in the corner of a ziptop baggie to pipe out of. 
To coat the sides, press a handful of crumbs against the side, repeat all the way around.   Serve warm, and refrigerate any leftovers, of course!

To make the 'spaghetti casserole', start by baking any cake in a square or rectangular pan.  My family's big enough we used a 9x13 pan.  After it's cool, frost with a rather thin layer of frosting.  Put a cup of frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a round tip (# 3) OR in a heavy-duty ziptop bag, one lower corner reinforced with tape, then snip off a tiny corner.   Squeeze frosting out, letting it randomly pile up a bit on itself to form the 'spaghetti'.  Unwrapped Ferrero Rocher make splendid meatballs, and strawberry jam makes for good 'spaghetti sauce'.   Grate a little white chocolate over the top for the 'parmesan' look.



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