Sweets With a Surprise: 6 Recipes Perfect for April Fool’s Day

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This April Fool’s Day, prove that sugar and spice really is everything nice by baking up a surprise. Out of any day of the year, April 1 has to be the day to expect the unexpected — but that mostly comes in the form of pranks and jokes. However, you can continue this in a new way by keeping everyone on their toes with baked goods! Whether it is turning a cake upside down or stuffing a cookie (you can take this trend to dinner, too) before baking, here are six surprising recipes just in time for April Fool’s Day.

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1. Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

An upside down cake fits the April Fool’s Day theme due to its inverted nature, but these upside down cupcakes from The Blond Cook are an updated twist on an old dessert too. The best part for you is that the recipe could not be easier, since it uses a mix for the base, and the cupcakes require no decorating.

Ingredients:

Topping

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, reserve juice for cake mix
  • 12 maraschino cherries, sliced in half

Cake

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Reserved pineapple juice (should yield 1 cup of juice)

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 24 muffin cups. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add brown sugar and rum. Bring to a slight boil and cook for approximately 2 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat. Spoon brown sugar mixture evenly into muffin tins. Place half of a maraschino cherry in the center of each muffin tin. Surround with chunks of pineapple.

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, pineapple juice, eggs, and oil on low speed for until moistened, about 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Spoon cake batter over pineapple, filling almost to the top of each tin (about 7/8 full.) Bake 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center is removed clean. Immediately invert onto wire racks and allow to cool.

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