April Fool's Day recipe: Meatloaf Surprise Cupcakes April Fool's Day recipe: Meatloaf Surprise Cupcakes

Author: Canadian Living

Children will get a kick out of these cupcakes with their surprise tomato centres. Silicone muffin liners are perfect because they do not hold grease like paper liners. No silicone liners? Bake the meatballs directly in muffin pan and place in paper liners just before serving.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2007


Garnish (optional):


Line 6 muffin cups with silicone muffin liners (if using); set aside. Cut X halfway through end of each tomato to prevent cupcake from bursting; set aside.

In large bowl, beat together egg , bread crumbs, onion, Worcestershire, mustard, thyme, pepper and 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; mix in beef. Divide into 6 portions; form each into ball. Press 1 tomato in centre of each, sealing beef around tomato. Place in prepared pan, pressing to fill cups.

Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into centres reads 160°F (71°C), about 25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cover and cook potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Add milk, butter and salt ; mash until smooth. Using piping bag fitted with 1/2-inch (1 cm) star tip or using knife, pipe potatoes in spiral over each meatloaf.

Garnish (if using): Sprinkle with minced vegetables.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 351 mg
  • Protein 20 g
  • Calories 376.0
  • Total fat 16 g
  • Cholesterol 87 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g


  • Iron 24.0
  • Folate 16.0
  • Calcium 6.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
  • Vitamin C 35.0
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April Fool's Day recipe: Meatloaf Surprise Cupcakes