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Meatloaf Cake with Sweet Potato Icing

What happens when dinner and dessert get together to have a baby? You get this Meatloaf Cake with Sweet Potato Icing Recipe!

A fantastically unique twist on the traditional meatloaf and sweet potato recipe – this is what happens when dinner and dessert get together and have a baby – hahah! I think this would be a fun recipe to make for Thanksgiving.

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Meatloaf Cake with Sweet Potato Icing Recipe

Ingredients

roughly 5-6 pounds of ground meat, a mix of pork, beef, bison, veal, turkey… whatever fits your preference, we tend to use beef, bison and pork.
1 cup of bbq sauce for the mix, plus a little more for the top of each loaf.
1 large onion, finely chopped, cooked through, lightly browned and then mixed with the bbq sauce.
1-2 cups of breadcrumbs, as needed
½ cup tart cherry concentrate (this can be skipped and just ass in more bbq sauce as needed
salt and pepper
2 eggs or 2 flax eggs (we do flax eggs and it works perfectly. For each egg called for simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 2.5 tablespoons of warm almond milk or water, mix and then let thicken for a few minutes).
about 4 to 6 cups of mashed sweet potatoes

optional:
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
long pieces of carrot that have been steamed and rolled into a spiral
fresh greens, we used pea shoots
food safe disposable gloves
piping bag or zip close bag

Directions

Wearing the gloves, combine all of the meat, onions, bbq sauce, seasonings and part of the breadcrumbs. Mix with your hands until you have an even consistency that looks to not be too wet or too dry. Add more breadcrumbs or bbq sauce as needed.

Try to evenly divide the mixture into four parts and then press into your pans, I happened to have 4 that were about the same size, if needed you can definitely just cook multiple batches.

This step is optional, but we find it adds nice flavor, use a fork or tenderizer to prick holes in the entire surface of each meatloaf, then cover in a little bit more bbq sauce.

Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until your meat thermometer hits 165. This time may vary depending on how your oven works and how many pans you put in at one time.

Allow the meatloafs to cool a bit before removing them from the pans. Try to drain off and remove as much excess fat as possible.

Add the mashed sweet potatoes to a piping bag or as I used, a gallon sized zip bag, squeeze a dash of the mashed sweet potatoes into the center of your serving plate to help things stay in place and set the first layer on top.

Pipe and spread a bit of sweet potato in-between all of the layers and then around the bottom of the base layer (this will help cover any remaining fat that might be there, I didn’t see any on ours, but could definitely see how it could happen). Pile a bunch of sweet potatoes on top, add the carrots and greens and then enjoyed! We had this right away while the meat layers and potatoes were still warm and it was awesome!

5 from 4 votes
meatloaf cake with sweet potato icing
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Meatloaf Cake with Sweet Potato Icing Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
What happens when dinner and dessert get together to have a baby? You get this Meatloaf Cake with Sweet Potato Icing Recipe!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Jeana Shandraw
Ingredients
  • 5-6 lbs ground meat a mix of pork, beef, bison, veal, turkey… whatever fits your preference, we tend to use beef, bison and pork.
  • 1 cup bbq sauce for the mix plus a little more for the top of each loaf.
  • 1 large onion finely chopped, cooked through, lightly browned and then mixed with the bbq sauce.
  • 1-2 cups breadcrumbs as needed
  • ½ cup tart cherry concentrate (this can be skipped and just ass in more bbq sauce as needed
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs we do flax eggs and it works perfectly. For each egg called for simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 2.5 tablespoons of warm almond milk or water, mix and then let thicken for a few minutes.
  • 4-6 cups mashed sweet potatoes
optional:
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • long pieces of carrot that have been steamed and rolled into a spiral
  • fresh greens we used pea shoots
  • food safe disposable gloves
  • piping bag or zip close bag
Instructions
  1. Wearing the gloves, combine all of the meat, onions, bbq sauce, seasonings and part of the breadcrumbs. Mix with your hands until you have an even consistency that looks to not be too wet or too dry. Add more breadcrumbs or bbq sauce as needed.
  2. Try to evenly divide the mixture into four parts and then press into your pans, I happened to have 4 that were about the same size, if needed you can definitely just cook multiple batches.
  3. This step is optional, but we find it adds nice flavor, use a fork or tenderizer to prick holes in the entire surface of each meatloaf, then cover in a little bit more bbq sauce.
  4. Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until your meat thermometer hits 165. This time may vary depending on how your oven works and how many pans you put in at one time.
  5. Allow the meatloafs to cool a bit before removing them from the pans. Try to drain off and remove as much excess fat as possible.
  6. Add the mashed sweet potatoes to a piping bag or as I used, a gallon sized zip bag, squeeze a dash of the mashed sweet potatoes into the center of your serving plate to help things stay in place and set the first layer on top.
  7. Pipe and spread a bit of sweet potato in-between all of the layers and then around the bottom of the base layer (this will help cover any remaining fat that might be there, I didn’t see any on ours, but could definitely see how it could happen). Pile a bunch of sweet potatoes on top, add the carrots and greens and then enjoyed! We had this right away while the meat layers and potatoes were still warm and it was awesome!

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Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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17 Comments

  1. Kiwi
    November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    I seen these Thanksgiving cakes and I actually would love one. I love sweet potatoes so this would be delish to eat it like this!

  2. Dogvills
    November 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    This is the best recipe I have encountered today! That Meatloaf cake is fantastic! My husband just mentioned about wanting to have some meatloaf so he is definitely getting his wish. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Rosey
    November 9, 2017 at 4:45 am — Reply

    What? This is a crazy good idea. I can’t imagine anyone in my house not oohing and ahhing over this fabulous meatloaf extravaganza!

  4. Heather
    November 9, 2017 at 1:08 am — Reply

    Comfort food is exactly what we all need this time of year. Loving your presentation of meatloaf in a cake. I definitely want a slice!

  5. Crystal
    November 9, 2017 at 1:06 am — Reply

    This is what my husband would want for his birthday! Sounds like a yummy way to serve a fav comfort food.

  6. November 8, 2017 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    That is a really cool idea! I don’t really fancy sweet potatoes, though the icing is a great idea.

  7. Pam
    November 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    My husband would absolutely love this. Maybe I’ll do it instead of a real cake.

  8. Erin F
    November 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    I can honestly say I have NEVER heard of meatloaf cake. This is a new one for me! I love meatloaf so I *MAY* have to try it!

  9. Kristi
    November 8, 2017 at 7:24 pm — Reply

    Love this idea, first of all it looks fancy but I bet it also tastes delicious.

  10. November 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    This is something that my husband will love and I can’t wait to make this for him and the kids! I’m sure they’re going to enjoy this recipe.

  11. November 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm — Reply

    I don’t think I’ve made meatloaf like this before! And now I’m really curious about the recipe! I wouldn’t mind trying this out.

  12. November 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    This is such a pretty way to do meatloaf. I’m liking the sweet potato mash as icing! I love the presentation!

  13. November 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm — Reply

    This recipe has got me curious! I would love to try meat loaf with some of that sweet potato! I think it’s brilliant!

  14. November 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    Wow! Now I’ve seen EVERYTHING! This looks like a lot of fun to make….and eat! This is awesome!

  15. Catherine Sargent
    November 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    This looks really good. My son doesn’t like cake, but he would love this one. I will have to make this for his birthday dinner.

  16. November 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    Boom! That is awesome. I can always use more cake in my life, and meatloaf cake sounds like an awesome variation.

  17. November 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    This is such a fun take on a classic dinner! I can’t wait to make this “cake” for the fam!

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