Potato & Meatball Cupcakes
Potato & Meatball Cupcakes

Potato & Meatball Cupcakes

Why is it that children of a certain age want to eat treats instead of good food? My older kids are all fantastic, healthy eaters now, but my little ones would still fill up on junk food if I turned my back for long enough.

I remember when my 16 and 18 year old were about 4 and 6. We were at my brother’s house for dinner and there were chips, dip and bikkies out.  After the little ones had some snacks I told them they should wait for dinner and not eat anymore.

Potato & Meatball Cupcakes

Potato & Meatball Cupcakes

Mani followed the hosts into the kitchen, and with angel eyes said “you know, chippies can be dinner too?”

Needless to say, it melted my brother’s heart and Mani was secretly fed chips. 12 years on my brother still uses that phrase if he wants junk food to replace a meal.

Cupcake with Potato & Meatballs

Cupcake with Potato & Meatballs

With that in mind I made these cakes and sent Mani this text picture.

Potato & Meatball Cupcakes

Potato & Meatball Cupcakes

I said “Guess what flavour?”

It took him no time to come back with the answer “Mashed Potato.”

I asked “…and”

and he answered me “mince.”

…aw, so proud, he knows his mum.

Potato & Meatball Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Main, Party Food
Cuisine: Children’s Food
Author: Julie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 24
These cupcakes are a great way to get your child eating all their vegetables. I bet they will even ask for seconds.
  • Mince Cake
  • 750gm minced beef
  • 250gm lamb minced
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 lg carrot grated
  • 2 lg zucchini grated
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Icing
  • 4 lg potatoes peeled & diced
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 30 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (or as needed)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Mince Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line two muffin tins with metallic (strong muffin liners)
  3. Add all the mince cake ingredients to a large bowl and combine.
  4. Press the filling into the cupcake liners.
  5. Bake for 20mins or until cooked through. (Time will depend on the size of the cakes.)
  1. While the cakes are cooking.
  2. Boil the potato and cauliflower in a saucepan until the vegetables are soft enough to puree.
  3. Drain the water from the vegetables and add the butter, milk and seasoning.
  4. For a smoother consistency use a stick blender.
  5. Place the puree into a large piping bag.
  6. When the “cakes” are cooked pipe the potato icing on top and decorated with steamed peas and tomato sauce.

So the next test was how the two current little ones would respond to the idea of cupcakes for dinner.

I added a dribble of tomato sauce to the top of each cake, and each child was presented with two cupcakes and some peas to poke into the icing as decoration.

Cupcakes for Dinner

Cupcakes for Dinner

They loved it!

When you look at the recipe you will see that there are more vegetables than meat in this dish.  Each cake is packed with hidden veges.  The icing is a combination of potato and pureed cauliflower.

Potato Cupcakes

Potato Cupcakes

So with the school holidays coming up why not try making dish with your little ones.  The also make great picnic food and would be ideal for a birthday party treat.

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  1. That looks like my kinda cupcake! It’s so very clever of you to make them into a fun activity for your kids too -who says you shouldn’t play with your food 🙂

  2. It is a totally fun idea for getting the little ones to eat healthier at the dinner table. They sure do look like cupcakes. 🙂

  3. Carlie Cummings :

    Such a fabulous idea Julie! They are like mini shepherds pies…and my kids LOVE shepherds pie! You’re a smart cookie! The presentation is great 🙂 it would excite any kid!

  4. Oh i absolutely love this. Now this is a good trick to play on everyone haha.. a delicious trick that is 😛

  5. These are so adorable! Like mini shepherd’s pies 😀
    Might sneak these on my sister – she’s 19 and still sooo picky with her veggies.

  6. What a fun way to make your kids grin with something so good for them. 🙂

  7. hehehe cute idea

  8. brilliant! I will send this to my sister 🙂

  9. So fun and yummy too! I think I’d like to make these for my dad more than my kids, he’d get a real kick out of them 🙂

  10. Great idea and love that the meatballs themselves are packed with vegies! They look great.

  11. Meat and potato cupcakes are a fantastic way to get children to eat properly =) Bravo, Julie!

    Congratulations too on turning out health conscious eaters =)

  12. When I woke up today, I didn’t not think I’d be reading about potato and meatball cupcakes. It’s brilliant!

  13. Very cute Julie! I remember when I made a batch of these and I loved seeing whether anyone would guess the flavour! 😀

  14. Why the kids, even I would be excited just looking at such a delicious treat. A sheperd’s pie is a cupcake. Love the idea…so creative!

  15. I love this idea – so kid-friendly! Sometimes it’s not so tough to get them to eat what is good for them, if you are clever enough 🙂

  16. Well you had me! I didn’t read the title of the post actually, and was reading through the post thinking “oh, they look like nice cupcakes”, and then I realised what they “actually” were… haha, ingenious! I’ve seen lasagna muffins before too which looks really cool. Great idea!

  17. Ohhh i’ve seen these savoury cupcakes before and have been waiting to make them for the longest time because my boyfriend is like a child and wont eat his veggies so maybe by making them into cute cupcakes he’ll eat them!

  18. Jules, you are a crazy woman, and that is ABSOLUTELY fantastically funny! They look delicious too! I love that your son knew you so well as to not be fooled. And yes, chippies can be dinner too.. 😉

  19. This is a great idea! I have the same problem with my son lately! He likes to eat all the junk food he can get. I am trying really hard to feed him properly!

  20. Loving this dish, very creative. Thanks for stopping by my site really appreciate the support, have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Oh you are such a clever lady. I love your cupcakes and they sound so good with the combination of lamb and beef.

  22. Whut tha ….! What a good idea to get the kids to eat some healthy food! Even I would be tempted to dive in and wolf them all down (in one sitting!)

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