A Tricky Treat for Halloween

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Mmmm, looks like a yummy cake doesn’t it?
But it’s Halloween today and a day for tricks.


That’s not just any ole cake – it’s a meatloaf cake!
With mashed potato icing and candied carrots, shredded cheddar cheese and toasted pine nuts for decorations!


Wouldn’t your kids just love you if they thought they were getting cake for dinner?
What a trick to serve it to them and it’s meatloaf!


Here is what I did….
I used my favorite meatloaf recipe – it’s something I’ve just kind of developed over the years.


Preheat oven to 350°



2 lbs of burger
1 lb of sausage
1/2 cup of buttermilk or sour cream ( I actually used vinegar in milk ’cause I didn’t have either)
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper


I gently mixed this up in a bowl. The sausage I use has lots of spices so I have found that I don’t need to add any more in my meatloaf. If your sausage is not as spicy you can add onion, garlic, thyme or whatever mix of herbs, etc. you might like.


Special sauce:


1 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup of brown sugar, packed
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar


Mix this together and set aside.



Take the meat mixture and divide it between two 8″ cake pans.  Made a depression in one layer and put in about half of the ketchup sauce. Bake these in the preheated oven for about 1/2 an hour or until done. 


While the meatloaf is baking make a batch of mashed potatoes. I used 6 large potatoes so I would be sure to have enough “icing.”  Leftover potatoes are easy to use. When they were soft I added about 4 TBSP butter and enough milk to the mashed potatoes to make them spreadable. You don’t want them too loose or too stiff.


Make the candied carrots:  I took 4 fresh carrots and washed them. I cut them into slices about 1/4″ thick. I mixed up 1 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1 TBSP honey and 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar plus about 1/2 tsp salt and poured it over the carrots in a baking dish. I let them roast with the meatloaf layers.




Take the meatloaf cake layers out of the oven. There will be a fair bit of grease in the pans. Pour it off. You will lose some of the ketchup sauce but don’t worry.

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Put the sauce layer on a plate. Add some more of the ketchup sauce to the layer, about 3 TBSP.



Add the second layer. As you can see the bottom layer is a bit bigger than the top layer so I trimmed it to make it even.



I then “frosted” the meatloaf “cake” with the mashed potatoes. I put a pretty thick layer of potatoes on top. I then put the candied carrots around the top and filled in the center with grated cheddar cheese and sprinkled on a few toasted pine nuts.

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The meatloaf was still hot when I cut a piece and served it to the hubby with some more carrots and extra ketchup sauce for his dinner. And this was after I made him come in and see the cake. He was looking for dinner! He got a good laugh out of it. I 


I told him that I would do this again for company and I am going to figure out a way of making a cake look like a meatloaf for dessert!



The cake held together through cutting our two servings for dinner and we are going to have it again tonight.


So there go! A trick that is really a treat for this Halloween!
If your kids don’t like carrots you could use broccoli florets or even pieces of green bean to “decorate” the cake. Obviously imagination is key here…..



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