Chefs of Honor: The Mooney Clan With Meatloaf “Cupcakes”

I just love this idea. Meat and potatoes are my favorite. And cupcakes are also my favorite. So meat and potatoes in cupcake form? Heaven. I saw this picture on a friend’s Facebook, and knew that I had to feature them on here!! Plus, they are just a wonderful family and she is an UH-MAZING cook so you should all go check out her lovely blog for some inspiration. How she has time to cook such creations with 6 kids simply blows my mind!!  But I tell ya…I was just over there looking at some of her recipes, and my mouth is watering!

To hop straight on over to her blog and get the fun family-time story, click here!

Here are the basics of this super fun, kid-pleasing, protein-filling recipe!

Used by permission from Beth Loves To Cook:

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!


Yaaaaaay!!  (This is me again!).  Doesn’t that sound fun guys?!  You should all make these, then leave her some comment love on her blog