April Fool's Spaghetti and Meatballs Cake

April Fool's Spaghetti and Meatballs Cake

Looking for a baked dessert idea? Candy meatballs and vanilla frosting spaghetti give a sweet twist to the Italian favorite combo in this vanilla cake.

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(18.25-oz.) pkg. golden vanilla cake mix with pudding
1 1/4
cups water
cup oil
(16-oz.) can vanilla frosting (not whipped)
cup strawberry ice cream topping
or 3 (2.25-oz.) small (1-inch) chewy chocolate candies, unwrapped
tablespoons grated vanilla candy coating or almond bark (from 1-oz. cube)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 1/2-quart ovenproof glass or metal bowl. Prepare cake mix batter as directed on package, using water, oil and eggs. Pour batter into greased and floured bowl.
  2. Bake at 350°F. for 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in bowl on wire rack for 30 minutes. Run thin knife around edge of cake; invert cake onto serving plate. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.
  3. Frost cooled cake with thin layer of frosting. Spoon remaining frosting into resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting onto cake to resemble spaghetti. Stir strawberry topping to soften; spoon topping onto top of cake to resemble spaghetti sauce, allowing some to drip down sides.
  4. Unwrap candies; microwave on HIGH for 10 to 15 seconds to soften. Break each candy into thirds; roll into "meatballs" and arrange on cake. Sprinkle grated candy coating over top of cake to resemble cheese.
Makes 12 servings

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 serving)
  • Calories 505
    • (Calories from Fat 160),
  • Total Fat 18g
    • (Saturated Fat 8g,),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 330mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 82g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 70g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 4 Fruit;
    • 5 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 3 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.