This fun dish is brought to you because of my gorgeous daughter Alaina (7yrs). She saw a picture of these in a magazine where someone had made cupcakes out of hamburgers and topped them with mashed potato frosting! She fell in love with the idea of eating a “cupcake” for dinner! Hey who can blame her for that!? haha So she requested this for her birthday dinner! I love to make everything my own so I took the idea, also because we didn’t have the magazine she saw it it hehe, and made my own version! She was ecstatic!! Actually honestly my entire clan loved these! The great thing is they all got to personalize their own cupcake. Some liked cheese on theirs, some just ketchup, some everything on the table! 🙂 But regardless of what they topped it with, these cupcakes were a HUGE hit and an absolutely perfect birthday dinner! Next time we are going to try stuffing them with cheese!! Ohhh the possibilities are endless!!! 🙂

Here is the recipe I used for our cupcakes!



Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato “Frosting”

Meatloaf Cupcakes

  • 2lbs. Ground Beef*
  • 3/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 3 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 2tsp. onion powder**
  • 4 cranks of sea salt grinder
  • 10(yes 10) cranks of fresh ground pepper
  • 2Tbsp. McCormick’s zesty herb seasoning
  • 2Tbsp. McCormick’s Grill Mates steakhouse onion burger
  • 1tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4cup plain breadcrumbs (crushed up Ritz crackers work great too)

Smashed Potato Frosting

  • 8-10 white potatoes (diced and peeled)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4-1/2 cup room temp milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic


  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • sweet baby rays barbeque sauce
  • cheese
  • bacon

This is how you make them:

Preheat oven to 375F

Start by filling a large pot with salted water ( a good half palm full of salt, you want your taters to have flavor). Add the peeled, diced potatoes and the peeled garlic cloves to cold water and bring them to a boil over medium high heat. Let boil for about 15-20 minutes or until they are tender to the back of a butter knife. Drain. Remove the garlic cloves.

While the potatoes are boiling, In a large mixing bowl add all your cupcake ingredients and mix until well combined. *ground turkey could definitely be substituted for the beef! **normally I would add 1/4cup chopped onion here but I am nursing and onions do not agree with my baby girl! So powder it it!

Spray your cupcake pan with some cooking spray.

Take about 1/2cup of the meat mix and form into balls, one ball per cup.

Bake for 10-15min and then let set for 5minutes.

While cupcakes are baking, add drained potatoes, milk, butter, salt and pepper back to pot. Smash all together until desired consistency. I like mine a little lumpy still 🙂

To make it fun and add to the cupcake feel. We added the smashed potatoes to a pastry bag with a big circle tip on top. You could definitely skip the pastry bag and just add a scoop of potatoes on top, but we wanted the true cupcake experience! 🙂

Place cupcake on plate, frost with the smashed potatoes and add your yummy topping!

We used forks, but after the meal,we all agreed that it would have been super fun to pick them up and eat them like a regular cupcake! 🙂

Like I said we had so much fun with these and cant wait to try out different versions soon!! I hope your family has as much fun as we did! Food is fun! and oh so yummy! 🙂


Happy Cooking! 🙂