Meatloaf Cupcakes

November 8, 2011

Meatloaf Cupcakes with CornI know – not exactly what you would consider the best combination… Meatloaf and… Cupcakes?

Well I had recently been making friends with Courtney from – and I saw on her blog the great Idea of Meatloaf Cupcakes…  She even got creative and made them Halloween Friendly!

Halloween Meatloaf Cupcakes

I saw them – Drooled over them, and moved on.  Didn’t look back.. UNTIL I started thinking about food for Ethan’s Birthday Party!  I was thinking what kinds of foods I could do that were ‘cupcake’ themed – and a big ‘ol light bulb went off in my head – bringing me back to these meatloaf cupcakes.

I knew mine wouldn’t look nearly as pretty as hers – but they were sure fitting for our party!!

Meatloaf Cupcakes

I had planned to make 5 batches of the cupcakes – but the day before I wanted to test the recipe to be sure that I knew what I was doing on the day of the party.  It was a very smart thing to do – because I did end up adding an ingredient which I believe made all the difference.

I’ve eaten a lot of meatloaf before – but never one so gourmet tasting.  usually we throw in whatever ingredients that are in the house and always include saltine crackers.  But this one – was much different, and OH-SO-Tasty!!

Meatloaf “Cupcakes” (makes 6-7)

1lb lean ground beef
1 egg white
1/2 small onion, chopped, sautéed with a little olive oil.
1/2 cup club soda
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/8 cup ketchup
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp worcestershire sauce

Pre-heat oven 350.
Mix these ingredients by hand – being careful not to over-mix.  Form the meat mixture into foil lined cupcake liners in your cupcake pan.  Keep in mind that the meatloaf might shrink a little – but it will not ‘form’ into your liner like a cupcake. Bake for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160.

Meatloaf in a Muffin Pan

Mashed Potato “Buttercream”:

2-3 yukon potatoes
apx 1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp butter
1-2 cloves minced garlic (optional)
Salt to taste

Peel and chop potatoes and bring to a boil.  When the potatoes are done mix them along with the butter and salt at medium speed until potatoes are broken up.  Slowly add the milk until you’ve reached the desired consistency for piping.

Once potatoes are semi-cooled, add them to a piping bag with tip of your choice, and top the meatloaf cupcakes.



Making them for a Large Gathering?

Being that I made a large Batch for apx 25 guests, I made the meat mixture ahead of time and put into the cupcake liners and covered them with saran wrap.  They turned out great being done ahead of time.  Meatloaf Cupcakes

I also made the potatoes ahead of time – they were perfect consistency before heating, but upon re-heating them they became much more runny, and we were unable to successfully pipe them and were forced to purchase ‘deli’ mashed potatoes to serve our lunch.  I suggest doing these as you’re about to pipe them.


  1. I have made meatloaf in my muffin pan before but never thought to put a ‘frosting’ on them. Awesome idea!

  2. Carrie Phelps says:

    I made these with my grandsons but yours are so much prettier! We “frosted” ours with ketchup!

  3. Those are adorable!

  4. They’re absolutely adorable!! I love them 🙂

  5. Interesting but cute lol.

  6. I really like this recipe! I pinned it to Pinterest! I am going to make this recipe! Thanks for posting!

  7. What a great idea I haven’t seen anything like this before. I have to pin this one.

  8. Vickie Couturier says:

    I love this ideal,this would be great to take to church for church dinners ,,it would be so cute

  9. This is SUCH a great idea—they look so yummy too!

  10. Sandy VanHoey says:

    Oh my gosh, they think of everything….gotta love this one for the kids. These are just too cute!

  11. Michelle S says:

    Well, these are certainly unique. I saw a show where someone had a “meatloaf” wedding cake.

  12. Wow these are great I wonder if my kids will think we’re having cupcakes for dinner hehe 😉

  13. Ahh ….these are really cute. The kids will think their eating cupcakes LOL . I like how they are made individual size – no wasting food. The tops can be decorated differently too. Great idea – thanks for it. Will be making these for the kids real soon

  14. Sherri Lewis says:

    That is a really cool idea… and I bet kids are more likely to eat it since it is made into a cupcake 🙂

  15. This is a great idea! I’m so going to make these! They’d look really nice with some paprika sprinkled on top.

  16. Holly Thomas says:

    What a great idea, I am always looking for ideas for Meatloaf!

  17. shelly peterson says:

    How cute! these would be fun to make and eat!

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