Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cupcakes for Dinner and Mashed Potatoes for Dessert?!?

April Fools!!!

Oh yes, those are meatloaf cupcakes, my friends (with mashed potato frosting)! Who can resist a meatcake?!? When I saw this post on Fine Furious Life while blog-surfing yesterday, I knew that I had to make them! :)
The meatloaf is really good....scroll down for the recipe. The mashed potatoes are super simple; the pink "frosted" ones are tinted with beet juice.

And for dessert....mashed potato cupcakes! These are from the Hello Cupcake! book by Karen Tack. She has instructions for an entire TV dinner set of cupcakes, but we went all mashed potatoes.
mashed potatoes 4
To make them, I followed the book's instructions for doctoring a cake mix. Substitute 1 cup of buttermilk for the liquid, add the amount of oil called for on the box and use 4 eggs. This makes 24 cupcakes.

Once cooled, frost with vanilla frosting, mounding it in the middle. Use a teaspoon to make an indentation in the middle, and plop down a yellow Starburst. Drizzle with gravy (caramel sauce).
mashed potato cupcake

It was a fun April Fool's Day! :)

Meatloaf Cupcakes:
(adapted from Fine Furious Life)

1/2 lb. ground chuck
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 small carrot, chopped
1/2 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3/4 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
2 eggs
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 12 regular size muffin tins.

Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk and set aside.

Saute the vegetables in olive oil until softened. Transfer to a food processor and process until very finely minced.

Mix the meat, eggs, breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley, salt & pepper and vegetable puree in a large bowl with your fingers.

Place meat mixture into the muffin tins and bake until brown and pulling away from the sides, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from tin and cool on rack.

For the frosting:

2- 3.3oz. packages instant mashed potatoes (I used butter flavored to stay away from any "bits" in the mix)

Follow the instruction on the packages. Follow one exactly. For the pink frosting, use the juice from 1-2 cans of beets for the liquid, adding water to equal the amount needed.

Let cool slightly, transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe the frosting on the cakes.

Sprinkle with very finely diced green bell pepper.


  1. Fooled me! Those meatloaf cupcakes look delicious... you know, since they don't look like meatloaf.

  2. Love both those ideas. Adorable!

  3. Those meatloaf cupcakes are awesome! And we DEVOURED the mashed potatoes! They were so yummy. You're the best neighbor!

  4. True eye candy. I want to devour some! Yum-o!

  5. I recently received a copy of Hello Cupcake from my mother in law and had seen those. I also like the corn-cob ones. Thinking of taking some of them to a crawfish boil soon.

  6. This is way too cute! LOVED the mash potato ones!!!!

  7. Wow! How funny! I'll have to try that.

  8. I made these "cupcakes" for dinner tonight too, but yours look much better. I didn't think to use instant potatoes, so my frosting wasn't as smooth. Oh well, they still tasted good.

  9. Now those look super fun! Thanks for the great idea.

  10. WOW that is amazing!! I love Hello Cupcake :) Great post!

  11. Very cute - I love the meatloaf cupcakes. I like to pipe mashed potatoes to make pretty designs. Never thought to make a cupcake, though.

  12. I love this idea. What a great way to get the kids excited for dinner.

  13. this is too cute! what a great idea!

  14. Those are awesome!
    Wish I had thought of it sooner. My husband is coveting the meatcakes!!
    maybe next week.
    And the mashed potato cupcakes, wow!
    Anything with caramel sauce is good in my book, maybe even real mashed potatoes!
    Or not.

  15. I should try these on Phillip sometime. His favorite meal is meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

  16. Fantastic idea! I'm SO going to try it. If anything, it might get toddler to eat something other than chicken nuggets.

  17. Im not a fan of meatloaf, but I love the cupcake mashed potatoes! I have Hello, Cupcake, but I havent actually managed to create anything from that book yet. kudos for you! you did a great job.

  18. These turned out great & my kiddos loved them! Thanks!!

  19. We are such a meatloaf & mashed potato lovers, cannot wait to try this! Simply awesome.

  20. I made the meatloaf cupcake for my husband's birthday yesterday, and he loved it! I used the turkey meatloaf recipe from the (Barefoot Contessa) and made Paula Deen's mashed potatoes. I also made some roasted asparagus and stood a piece (cut in half) in the middle of the potatoes to look like a candle.

    Thanks for the cute idea!

  21. Fantastic!I would love to try this!

  22. Made these for dinner tonight! They were great! I have the Hello Cupcake book and have been wanting to make the tv dinner so I did the whole meal and had the meatloaf cupcakes for dessert. I hope your "sundaes" turned out well.

  23. These are great. They look like cupcakes that are cake and frosting. Love them. Thanks for sharing.



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