Sausage Meatloaf Cupcake with Creamy Potato Frosting



Happy April Fool's Day! I have always wanted to come up with some grand Fool's Day scheme but sadly all my tricks revolve around food. Sugar in the salt shaker, salt in the sugar bowl. Nothing too creative or mind blowing to say the least.

One year the Wild Boar, the kids and I happened to be in Mendocino on April Fool's Day. We were staying in a Bed & Breakfast over looking the very cold, treacherous PacificOcean. We told the kids we were going to spend the day diving andattempting to catch a shark.

Abalone season had just openedand divers were everywhere. The boys, to our surprise, were ecstatic. At this point, the youngest did not even know how to swim but he was totally fine with diving into the water to catch a giant, man-eating, killer shark.

The scarier we made it seem, the more they wanted to go. I think the story was to the point that the shark might indeed rip our arms off that we finally said, "Ha-ha, April Fool's!"

They cried. They were so mad. They wanted a shark and didn't care what they had to do to get it. So needless to say, I'll stick with food trickery. It's less dramatic and far less disappointing when it doesn't pan out.

So when the kids came home from school Monday afternoon they saw these cupcakes on the counter. My oldest hooligan thought they were carrot cake cupcakes and immediately took a bite. To his surprise, he bit into a Sausage Meatloaf Cupcake with Creamy Potato Frosting. This annoyed him but he laughed. I explained April Fool's came a little early.

The kids are always amazed when I trick them, they think they know everything and I am of course clueless.

Anyway, these cupcakes are fun little ways to make the day special. These would also be perfect for Halloween.

Since we spentpart of yesterday traveling, the kids had a full and exciting day and went to bed late. They have forgotten today is April Fool's since they will not be in school.

Of course, I have not forgotten.

I am getting up early this morning and cooking a full dinner....for breakfast. The kids were so exhausted last night they will sleep a little late and when theyawake, I will tell they got up just in time for dinner. They unknowingly slept the whole day.

I will also tell them they need to hurry up and eat because they have to shower and get ready for bed again! Ha! It's the perfect plan.

They will be so mad. I can't wait to see their little faces as I serve up a pot roast, potatoes, carrots and salad. I'm cackling just thinking about it. It's cooking on low in my oven as we speak. It will be ready at 7 AM.

I am such a mean Mom.

However, let's make the cupcakes together, I have some time before my roast is done....(insert maniacal laughter here)...


Here's what you will need: Baking potatoes, Italian sausage, onion, bell pepper, heavy cream, butter, salt, plain breadcrumbs and eggs.


In a medium saucepan of salted water, bring the potatoes to a boil. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes, drain.

Using an electric mixer, beat the potatoes with 1/2 cup heavy cream, 2 Tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth. Keep warm and set aside.


Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the 1-1/4 pounds sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat, until barely pink, 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a large bowl. Discard any excess grease and return to medium heat.


Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add to the sausage and let stand for 5 minutes.


Using your hands combine 1-1/4 cups plain breadcrumbs, sausage mixture and 2 eggs, breaking up any large pieces. Season with salt.


Fill each foil-lined muffin cup with sausage mixture (flat to the top). Bake until browned, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to a platter.


Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip (or resealable plastic bag with a corner cut off) with the mashed potatoes and pipe onto each cupcake.


Garnish with some chopped parsley and freshly ground pepper.


I'm sure you can trick someone with these.


It sort of looks like cake with a cream cheese frosting? He-he...I hope you don't get tricked!

Print Recipe

Sausage Meatloaf Cupcakes with Creamy Mashed Potato Frosting

Recipe from: Inspired by Rachael Ray | Serves: 10-12

Ingredients

  • 2 baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1-1/4 pounds sweet or Italian sausage, bulk, casings removed
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley for garnish

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan of salted water, bring the potatoes to a boil. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes, drain.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the potatoes with heavy cream, butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth. Keep warm and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat, until barely pink, 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a large bowl. Discard any excess grease and return to medium heat.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add to the sausage and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Using your hands combine breadcrumbs, sausage mixture and eggs, breaking up any large pieces. Season with salt.
  • Fill each foil-lined muffin cup with sausage mixture (flat to the top). Bake until browned, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to a platter.
  • Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip (or resealable plastic bag with a corner cut off) with the mashed potatoes and pipe onto each cupcake.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and freshly ground pepper.


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78 Comments

  1. Oh, man, I totally forgot it was April Fools! I love the dinner for breakfast idea. However, when they turn into teenagers, they REALLY do sleep that late on days off :)

    The picture with the eggs? Kinda looks like yellow eyes looking at me, a little freaky……

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  2. Too funny! I need to be more creative.

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  3. What a great idea ! You will tell us how the boys reacted to your joke won’t you?

    My father-in-law once got all 6 of his kids excited by telling them they would all get a ‘pine float’ while they watched T.V. together before bed. Can you imagine 6 little kids, all clean, in their pajamas and waiting for the special treat, only to be served a glass of water with a toothpick floating in it? They all remember this April Fools’ Day joke though. I like yours better…

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  4. Donna 4

    You are a total hero! I have to copy youridea for next year.. I only thought of toothpaste on tilet seat this morning.. LOVE the food ideas, you are the best!

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  5. You are too funny!! I can’t wait to hear how your kids react to the pot roast. And these “cupcakes” would be an amazing trick for next year – going to have to stow this one away for then.

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  6. Take two on this comment … I knew they were potatoes because you are a potato ho, Cathy! 😉 I’d like one right now please!

    I voted. Love that perfect spring recipe!

    Can’t wait to hear how the pot roast joke goes. I can just see their confused faces. :-)

    My best April Fool’s joke was to swap out the inner lining of DH’s raisin bran with a sugary cereal (which he hates). So he poured out his cereal and got sugary cereal instead of raisin bran. He was quite confused in the early am, looking at the box to see what he’d done wrong.

    My son knows my intense hate of roaches, so he made Creepy Crawler (remember those?) roaches and put them in my cereal. I expected it because he hung around giggling waiting for me to eat my cereal. LOL They looked pretty convincing. Ugh.

    Shirley

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  7. I am so glad I am reading this in the morning – I am pulling out my frozen sausage right now! What a treat – and a trick!!! Thanks!

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  8. Pretty cute and pretty funny. Hope your kids take it in stride. My 10 year old would probably spontaneously combust at the thought of sleeping through a school day and my 12 year old would turn-tail and go right back to bed. I will definitely try the recipe, but I might not survive the trick :)

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  9. Cathy, you’ll have to keep us posted on how that turns out!
    And those “cupcakes” do look yummy.

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  10. Jamie 10

    Brilliant idea! And they are not only cute and clever but they look delicious!

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  11. Melynda 11

    Those look great, happy 4 – 1 day.

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  12. How cool! Perfect for April Fools. The cupcakes look so delicious too!

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  13. dawn 13

    Man those look good! I need to make these as hubby would love it. I need to get one of those piping bags to do this as I doubt a ziplock bag would work, right? LOL

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  14. Cath,
    You fooled me for sure!
    These are fantastic!

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  15. Paula 15

    Great April Fools prank! Those “cupcake” look delish:)

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  16. What a great idea! You’ll have to let us know what the boys thought of your trickery. You are so funny!

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  17. Opps I left my last comment in the wrong spot!

    This is a cool idea!

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  18. Sara 18

    These are so cute, I bet they taste great too. I didn’t realize you were in Davis, I live in the Bay Area. I love Davis, such a nice town.

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  19. You are a tricky one! I love that about you! And yes… these look amazing!

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  20. imom 20

    Hahaha! Great April Fools Day joke for today. I can’t wait to hear how they react!

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  21. I can almost smell those heavenly things all the way here!

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  22. Trisha 22

    What yummy looking “cupcakes!” Perfect for April Fools Day!

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  23. annbb 23

    They look yummy! Perfect April Foolers.

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  24. Pam 24

    I love that you play tricks on your kids for St. Patty’s and April Fools. I love the meatloaf cupcakes – they look fun and tasty.

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  25. LilSis 25

    HaHa!! Great trick! Those look awesome. What a clever idea. And, as always, wonderful photos!

    My 15 year old was too grumpy this morning for me to play an April Fools prank on him but I’m going to try to come up with a good one for when he gets home from school.

    He would really flip if I told him that someone stole his surfboard out of the garage…or maybe I accidentally washed his iPod…hee hee

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  26. So clever, Cathy. Kids of any age would like to be fooled by these cupcakes.

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  27. Mary 27

    What a terrific prank. Breakfast, lunch or dinner your boys will love them.

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  28. Rachel 28

    You are hilarious! I only wish I was so clever. I wish Id seen this recipe earlier, so I could better prepare for April Fools. I will definitely have to try this one out next year.

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  29. OMG you ROCK!

    Those look soooo good!!

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  30. S 30

    You don’t seem like a “mean mom” at all; you sound like a really fun, awesome mom! What a cute idea!

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  31. Lynda 31

    I love this prank! You will tell us how it turns out, won’t you?
    The”cupcakes” look really good; in the picture, it does look like cream cheese frosting!

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  32. Lynda 32

    I really thought these were cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!
    You will let us know how the joke works out, won’t you?

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  33. Leslie 33

    wow, that trick is absolutely amazing!

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  34. elra 34

    You got me dear! I am totally impress. They look so real and perfect ha..ha..ha..
    But, I probably prefer this meatloaf cupcakes then the real one.
    Cheers,
    elra

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  35. dawn 35

    These rock! You are the greatest Mom and I can’t wait to hear about the pot roast. What a perfect trick!

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  36. A meat cupcake? I’d be in heaven!

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  37. Hilary 37

    They look great .. and I’m sure taste the same – as you say a cool idea for snacks or a picnic, as we’re coming into that season.

    Enjoy the breakfast roast ..
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters

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  38. I like your evil plan!! I’m lame this year–haven’t come up w/ a good trick for the kids–but the day is still young!!

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  39. Linda 39

    Well this is way better than the ketchup packets my son put under the toilet seat this morning.

    I had meatloaf on the menu for Friday, but I’ll do it tonight and try this. Love it!

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  40. I haven’t come up with anything yet today. Everything I can come up with has been done before. People expect me to pull a stunt, year after year. So I think this year I’m giving them a break.

    Except…the Little Imp will see these, once I get the potatoes done (I came out earlier and read, before errands) and think her mumma rocks…cupcakes for dinner!

    Now to make sure the memory card is in the camera and the battery is charged!

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  41. Donald 41

    How clever!

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  42. Sirena 42

    This is so original and adorable! I’ve never been ‘tricked’ into eating something like this but remember the sensation as a kid of picking up a cup of milk without looking and tasting tart, sweet orange juice instead, the surprise rendering the taste shocking and unpleasant. I’d think these adorable, ingenious meatloaf cupcakes are a much more enjoyable version of this surprise! Super cute.

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  43. Bob 43

    Now that’s the kind of trick I can get behind! Those look wicked good.

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  44. beyond 44

    i love the idea of the dinner-for-breakfast, oops-you-slept-the-whole-day joke you are going to play on your kids.

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  45. Mrs. L 45

    Those cupcakes are such an awesome idea and I’m laughing hysterically at you tricking your sons. Be sure to let us know how it all went.

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  46. Ha! We are on the same wave length with this one! Great looking cupcakes. Ooh they would be so mad at this one for sure!

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  47. kayola 47

    OKAY…those are awesome!!!! they sound good right now…I’m hungry! I love what you doing to your kids today…what a great idea!!!! I had preschool this morning and I had turned up side down the tables and the chairs were missing and their cubbies are all mixed up and we did the whole schedule backwards and the calendar said December…I ♥ April Fools Day! You are awesome!

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  48. Louise 48

    I love dinner leftovers for breakfast. Can you be my mom?!

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  49. So clever. Love the shark story.

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  50. Flea 50

    A blog friend of mine enlisted his children’s help to hide all of his wife’s right shoes.

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  51. I love these!!! It’s one of the easiest ways to get the kids to eat meatloaf!
    YUM! Now I’m hungry!!!

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  52. Brilliant! What a great way to serve meatloaf!

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  53. Elyse 53

    You are quite the April Foolster! I totally would’ve bit into these cupcakes unassumingly. And what a surprise I would have had. This is hysterical! I also love the pranks you can play on kids while they’re still tired in the morning!

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  54. Your April Fools trickery gives me something to aspire to… but the cupcakes look delicious!

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  55. Cheryl 56

    You’re an evil culinary genius, and I salute you. (Of course now I just want to have sugar in the salt shaker for convenience’s sake…. 😉 )

    Happy April Fool’s!

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  56. giz 57

    Good job mom!!! For every time they (i.e.the kids now adults)told me I was feeble, pathetic, answered with “whatever”, said “you don’t know what you’re talking about mom”, ignorned me when I asked for something, didn’t show up when they said they would……I’m sending them a link to your post. I love it. Why didn’t I think of that…could be because I’m feeble. ha ha

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  57. MArcy 58

    Oh Cathy you are wicked! Funny but wicked!

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  58. I made that recipe a few months ago, and liked it – perfect for April Fool’s Day.

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  59. I think these food related April Fools jokes are the best. I was actually a bit nervous today whenever I remembered it was April Fools… I didn’t want anyone to play scary tricks on me. But these are just really fun/funny!

    And the mashed potato frosting looks yummmm

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  60. This is RAD! I love the idea of a “meat” cupcake! Super cute and creative! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  61. Jessie 62

    Just found your blog. Wow those are some kind of trickery! Everything looks delicious and I like the “freaky” eggs :) He he. I’ll be back and can’t wait to see how the kids fared.
    Jessie

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  62. They look lovely, might be an interesting way to get kids to eat their dinner 😀

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  63. Erin from long island 64

    dang, i wish i saw this sooner! these are brilliant ideas! i hope you tell us how it went… my joke was to tell everyone i was pregnant. shocked the hell out of my granny!

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  64. Paula 65

    Oh. My. Gosh.!!! You gave me a much needed smile with this brilliant post! Mom’s around the world will call you The Master after learning of this wonderfully devious plan! Oh yeah, I’m going to definitely try this out on my brood … and I’m not waiting until next April 1st to try it! Hmmm … I think I’ll be able to give this a go as early as Sunday! HA!! :-)

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  65. grace 66

    all right, so it’s not your typical cupcake. i’d devour it (them…) just the same. :)

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  66. These look absolutely delish!

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  67. A good trick to play! We’ll take a dozen.

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  68. megan 69

    Love your Aprils fool plan almost as much as love these cupcakes. They are so pretty and you are so funny!

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  69. Mashed potato frosting sounds like something I should try :)

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  70. Jude 71

    Sorry to hear you disappointed your kids in that way. Seems like your prank backfired a bit though :)

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  71. Tana 72

    I love your blog and go on everyday- I check it as obsessively as I do the celeb gossip sites! I have made the pumpkin cake with apple cider glaze many times, but this week I made it for my husband who is home on leave from Iraq. We literally ate almost the entire thing that night! Last night, I made these cupcakes, but used ground turkey meat instead of sausage, and sweet potatoes instead of white. Let me tell you, you have to try it. My husband loved it! Thanks for all the great recipes and fun stories!

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  72. pandora 73

    Wow, I am very hungry now. Great article!

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  75. Flea 76

    You. Are a GENIUS. They look yummy, to boot.

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  76. Dorothy 77

    Have you ever made a pan of cornbread and then frosted it with chocolate icing. Great April Fool’s joke!!!

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  77. Shirley A 78

    Love this idea. These would make great appetizers if one can find the foil cups in the small size

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