I love a great prank. You might say its in my DNA. I remember my mother once hiding behind a door for hours to scare my father. He got the scare of a lifetime, so for my mother, the wait was worth the reward.
April Fools Day is the perfect occasion to prank someone and the hubby is usually target numero uno. Often I start weeks in advance, devising, scheming, and channeling my inner pixie. This year, I started months in advance when I found a Cakewich cake mold at a discount store. It was in the clearance aisle, so I couldn’t resist buying it (and a few other things)! Once home, I hid the mold. So well, that it took a day of searching to find where I had placed it.
This sweet prank was super easy thanks to the kit. Good thing too, since I made it in the middle of the night while the little husband was sleeping. The box included a recipe for the PB&J “Sandwich” but I opted to use a white cake recipe by King Arthur Flour that includes almond extract, a very nice pairing with the fillings. The cake itself was a little yellow, so it gave away the trick a little bit, but I tinted the peanut butter buttercream with brown gel food coloring for authenticity. I sliced the cake thinly with a bread knife.and then smeared it with the buttercream and grape jelly.
I wrapped the “sandwich” in wax paper and packed it with hummus, veggies, cheese and nuts so he would have some real food to eat for lunch. I then placed the lunch bag in fridge and left a note on the door for him. Not the best prank because I never make him lunch, so that was a dead giveaway.
So, for extra measure, I also changed the hubby’s iPhone language setting to Ukrainian. (Bad Pixie!) When his alarm went off a 4am he was not amused. He woke me up and had me change it back. So, yeah, that backfired.
Mr. Bunny was much more amused with his sweet lunchtime surprise. Now it’s time to start planning next year’s prank…
- 14 TB of salted butter room temperature
- 3 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plus 2 TB creamy peanut butter
- 4 TB heavy cream room temperature
- Brown gel food coloring
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy. Start on a low speed and slowly increase it to high.
Add in peanut butter and beat until incorporated.
Drizzle in the vanilla and then the heavy cream. Mix on low until combined and then turn speed up to high and beat for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
Add food coloring until the color almost resembles peanut butter. It should be a little lighter in color.
Food coloring will continue to darken over time, so stop adding gel when the buttercream is a little lighter than the desired color.
All ingredients should be at room temperature for best results. Mixing ingredients of different temperatures can cause the frosting to break, resulting in a buttercream that is seperated.