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April Fool's Day Recipes - Meatloaf Cake

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april fools day recipes - meatloaf cake

Meatloaf Cake

Dave Seah

Meatloaf Cake

This meatloaf cake makes a terrific birthday joke cake or April Fool's Day recipe for dinner. A basic meatloaf is baked in cake pans then "frosted" with mashed potatoes. Broccoli florets make attractive flowers on this meatloaf cake.


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup ground pork or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cups prepared mashed potatoes (refrigerated mashed potatoes or leftover mashed potatoes)
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes or broccoli florets


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.

  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Pour vegetable mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add ground beef, pork, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oats, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix gently, until all ingredients are well-incorporated.

  4. Pat into prepared pans.

  5. Bake in preheated oven 25-35 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meatloaves reaches 160 degrees. Let rest 10 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions or reheat leftover garlic mashed potatoes.

  7. Assemble the cake: Invert one meatloaf onto a cake platter. Spread a layer of mashed potatoes over the top, as if frosting a cake.

    Top with the other meatloaf. Frost the whole meatloaf cake with mashed potatoes.

  8. Decorate the top of the cake with cherry tomatoes or broccoli florets, as you would with icing roses.
Serve immediately.
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 5 out of 5
We have a winnah!, Member ChefDeDesign

My meatloaf cake did not come out nearly as tall as the one pictured. In fact, coming out of the oven the meatloaf more closely resembled two hamburgers than cake layers. However, that didn't bother me at all, since once I frosted the cake and added the cherry tomato flowers it looked great! I kicked everybody out of the kitchen, including my husband, so I could ready the presentation, birthday candles and all. The ""cake"" was a monster hit, with both kids and Dad asking for seconds (a rarity in our house). Thanks for a great idea!

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