The whole meal together! When he came in, I told him that his surprise was that we were skipping dinner and only eating dessert! I could tell he was a little disappointed, so I pointed to my cupfakes and asked what flavor he thought they were. He guessed chocolate, red, and green (okay, he's not good at guessing) before finally giving up. I loved the look on his face when I made the big reveal -- MEATLOAF cupcakes! He loved it! The piping on these could have been a LOT better. I rushed a bit, and I made the mashed potatoes a bit too viscous. I also should've cut a larger corner off of my ziplock! Oh well, there's always next time.
This meal is so fun, and so easy to make! If you make these, make sure to post about how your surprise goes over! Currency Meatloaf "Cupfakes"
Recipe By: Oprah, according to my Mom's recipe. Yields: 2 loaves (or 12 meatcakes and 1 loaf, or 24 meatcakes) Meatloaf Ingredients: 3 lbs. 97% lean ground beef 1 1/2 slices bread, torn 1 cup milk 2 eggs beaten 2/3 cup onion, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon dried mustard 1 heaping tbs sage 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning 6 cloves garlic 1/2 cup green pepper, diced 3 stalks celery pepper 1 can tomato paste, for top Decorations: instant mashed potatoes for "frosting" grape tomatoes for "cherries" salt food coloring Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix meatloaf ingredients and put a heaping scoop in each of 12 greased cupcake wells. Do not pack. Spoon the rest of the mixture lightly into a greased loaf pan (preferably with racks, to allow fat to drain out). Spoon tomato paste on top of each cupcake well and the loaf. Bake meatcakes for 25 minutes and drain on paper towels. Bake loaf for 1 hour. Once meatcakes are drained, place them carefully into cupcake papers. Frost with instant mashed potatoes in a ziplock bag (I added some garlic to mine for flavor, and you can add more milk to get the right consistency. I think I added too much!) Mix a tablespoon or so of salt with a drop of whatever food coloring you like, and sprinkle lightly on top. Top with a squirt of ketchup or a grape tomato for a cherry (my mother reminded me, and I still forgot!)
Nestled in their cute cupcake foil liners!
Finished (albeit with not-so-cute piping on my part)
Mike's Cupfake Meal (with some delicious stuffed squash -- let me know if you want the recipe!)