Late one evening while breastfeeding I saw a cooking show on late night TV that really caught my attention. The gourmet chef made a very special birthdays cake. Looking down at my suckling six week old, I just knew I had to try to make this cake!
I waited 46 weeks for DJ and Anderson's birthdays to come and I copied the cake that chef made...I knew it would be the hit of the party. And it was..... it brought new meaning to two key phrases: "Eat your veggies" and the famous, "Let them eat cake!".
Here is the finished product. YUMMY!
Here is the recipe:
(You can use your own family meatloaf recipe or my veggie-stuffed favorite)
1 pound ground hamburger
1 package firm tofu (or more hamburger)
1/4 cup chopped up red and green peppers
1/4 cup chopped up broccoli
1 chopped up onion
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 diced zucchini
2 shredded carrots
1 cup crushed up crackers
1/4 cup diced cheddar cheese
1/4 cup ketchup
Mix all ingredients into a big bowl.
Divide mixture into two sprayed cake pans and cook till meatloaf is done. Let cool.
Make up a HUGE amount of mashed potatoes - or as they are called in our house: SMASHED POTATOES. You will need enough to use as icing for your cake and decorate.
I put some in a baggie with a bit of food colouring and used that to pipe on decorations. The gourmet chef went to extremes cutting carrots and radishes into flowers.
Assemble your meatloaf layers as your would any cake...icing the outside and between the layers. Even cut, it looks like a real cake!
Decorate and serve....and eat your veggies and your cake at the same time!!!!
Who said kids will not eat veggies? These cakes were devoured!
(PS - now on meatloaf night, I make little cupcake meatloaf and use smashed potato icing! Another hit!)
People still talk about the Meatloaf cakes...2 years later!
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