My children LOVE to be in the kitchen helping me with whatever I make, especially desserts! I’ve had them helping me since they were really little. Today I’m going to start a series of post titled Kids in the Kitchen where I show you all of the amazing things that kids can do in the kitchen! I hope that this will inspire you to get your children into the kitchen. Today we are baking cupcakes…meatloaf mashed potato cupcakes!
This summer my girls enjoyed watching the TV show MasterChef Junior and now they are even more excited than ever to be in the kitchen helping with my every move. They are training to be their own MasterChefs.
My daughter recently went to a sleepover where they made their own version of meatloaf cupcakes. I knew we had to make them at home when she individually told everyone in our family about them. This is a great way to get kids in the kitchen helping and then eating the food they made!
I have learned with my girls that the mess is exponential when the kids help out! Be prepared for a mess. Today I pre-measured all of the ingredients. I knew the fun would be in making the meatloaf and then the mashed potato icing.
- First we mixed the meatloaf mixture. Clara thought it was great that she got to use her hands to mix the meatloaf.
- We used a measuring scoop to make the cupcakes as even as possible.
- We baked the meatloaf before putting on the mashed potatoes. (If you want your mashed potatoes crispy like Shepard’s Pie you could pipe before baking the meatloaf).
- Next we piped the icing (mashed potatoes). We used some food coloring to make the icing more fun. You definitely don’t have to pipe the icing but I think it’s easier for kids to pipe icing than to spread it with a knife.
- Finally we added toppings as the sprinkles. You can’t have cupcakes without sprinkles! Our sprinkles were bacon bits, shredded cheese and green onions.
The girls loved not only making their dinner but they also enjoyed eating! They ate their meatloaf just like you would any other cupcake-with your hands!
You can’t have a kids in the kitchen series without sharing the outtakes! My 1 year old had to get into the action and the girls had plenty of fun silly moments. That’s part of the fun.