As much as I love celebrating Poetry Month on Small Pond, the daily poem posts mean that other topics are neglected and April-specific things get pushed back to late May, for example.
Like my April Fool’s cupcakes I tried on April 1.
I used silicon cupcake molds to make it easy to remove the meatcake. Spray your tin/mold/whatever with nonstick cooking spray to help yourself out.
You’re going to want to play with cooking time. I thought the regular meatloaf time would be too long for the mini versions so I cut it back. That was a mistake unless you like rare meatloaf.
I tossed some doctored ketchup on top of the cuploafs with about 5-10 minutes left in the cooking time. Then I started making the mashed potatoes, which ended up having more milk than they should have so weren’t as stiff as I hoped for.
Also, the decorating tip I used initially for the icing bag filled with potatoes was a failure. Maybe it was tiny bits of potato that clogged it, but I resorted to just filling an icing bag (you could use a Ziploc bag if you want) and chopping the corner off to pipe the “icing” on.
The end result was okay-ish. Meatloaf could have been cooked more; potatoes could have used less dairy. The second we started to eat, the illusion had to shatter. It became a matter of dumping the meatcakes onto a plate and ending up with a hash of potato and ground beef and sauce. It was still a tasty hash though.