Meat Loaf Cakes

Meat Loaf Cakes

Here’s a fresh twist, new to me, a secret ingredient in the meat mix and a sweet-tangy sauce that makes Meat Loaf Cakes a special meal, worthy of celebration!

Meat Loaf Cakes |

I’ve been making Mom’s meatloaf for years, but never this way or with Ann’s secret ingredient!

Last week I was watching Late Night with Jay Leno and his guest was Ann Romney.  She’s got a best selling new cookbook, The Romney Family Table.

She shared Mitt’s favorite meal, Meat Loaf Cakes, that she makes for his birthday and often for her family.  I was intrigued with her, “secret ingredient,” fresh lemon juice in the meat mixture.  I also liked the way she made little cakes.  I’ve always used a large loaf pan and it takes 1-1/2 hours to bake.  Getting it out of the pan is not easy, and slicing it up while it’s hot is a challenge, but it’s always good.

So I grabbed a pen and quickly wrote down Ann’s easy recipe.  It’s simple and goes together fast.  I adapted her recipe a little, using oatmeal instead of bread crumbs to keep it low-carb.  I also used a whole chopped onion and microwaved it on full-power for 4 minutes before adding it to the meat.  For the sauce, I used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend and added Worcestershire sauce to cut the sweetness a little.

Preheat the oven to 350˚F.  Mix together all ingredients for loaves.  Form little cakes, {I made 8,} and bake them on a silpat lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.  The silpat liner makes clean up a breeze, trust me!

Meat-Loaf Cakes |

While the cakes are in the oven make the sauce.  Remove cakes from the oven and spoon sauce over each one.  Put them back in the oven and bake for 30 more minutes.  Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Meat Loaf Cakes |

We loved these delectable little babies.  They will definitely be a favorite on our family table too!  The lemon juice adds a delicious flavor and they were perfectly cooked and a snap to serve.

Ann suggested serving them with potatoes of some sort, cooked carrots, rolls, and Key lime pie.  You can see my low-carb sliced tomatoes and green beans.  Hey, it works for me!

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Meat Loaf Cakes
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup onion, coarsely chopped, (I used 1 medium yellow onion)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup bread crumbs, (I used old fashioned oats)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, (my addition, not in Ann's)
  • ½ cup brown sugar, (I used Splenda brown sugar blend)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  1. Preheat oven to 350?F.
  2. Mix ingredients all ingredients for cakes.
  3. Shape into little cakes.
  4. Bake 15 minutes.
  5. Mix together sauce ingredients and spoon on top of cakes.
  6. Continue baking 30 more minutes.
  7. Remove from pans and let rest 10 minutes before serving
Meat Loaf Cakes |

I hope you will give this recipe a try too.  Let me know if you like them as much as we do.  I’m treating myself to Ann’s colorful collection, such a beautiful book that is filled with family recipes and fun traditions.  If all of her recipes are as yummy as her Meal Loaf Cakes, be watching for more here!

Thanks for coming by and enjoy all,

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Julie

    I made meat loaf cupcakes one time, these look similar. Hope you are having a good fall!

    • renée @ Singing With Birds

      Hi Julie, it’s been crisp and beautiful here, a little colder than normal I think. How bout you? Hope it’s all good and these are somewhat like meatloaf cupcakes minus the mashed potato frosting!

  2. Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    Sounds great! We make the smaller meat cakes all the time (a G-Mom-B specialty) but I love the addition of lemon and the allspice sounds good too:@)

  3. Debbie

    I love the idea that you can make it in little mini meat loaves. With just the two of us here, any loaf I made would be overkill. We were just talking the other day that I never make it anymore. Think I’ll try it. (And that cookbook looks good!)

  4. renée @ Singing With Birds

    Ditto, the size is perfect for the two of us too. I can make and freeze some for easy meals. Good to see you back on your blog, even if it’s limited!


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