Savory Meatloaf Dome Cake With Béchamel Sauce And Vegetable Flowers

Ground beef and béchamel sauce taste absolutely delicious together  especially in hearty comfort foods like lasagna or casserole. So we decided to bring the magic of those 2 ingredients together in a completely new, revolutionary dish that both looks and tastes stunning! This savory cake is made from perfectly seasoned meatloaf domes that get smothered in a creamy homemade béchamel sauce mixed with sautéed veggies. Serve the whole thing up on a crispy, buttery baked bread base, cover it in even more delicious sauce, and this dish is pretty much perfect, right? But wait, we've even gone the extra mile and decorated this hearty cake with vegetable flowers, bringing you a truly unforgettable centerpiece of a meal. 

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2–2½ hours
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Inactive Time: 1 hour
Difficulty Level: Moderate

You'll Need:

For the meatloaf domes:

  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 2¼ cups bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil for greasing the bowls

For the béchamel sauce:

  • ½ stick butter, softened 
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1¼ cups grated cheese
  • salt to taste

For the mixed vegetables:

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 
  • 3 carrots, diced 
  • 1 zucchini, diced 
  • 2 tomatoes, cored & diced 
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced 
  • vegetable oil for sautéing
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the bread base:

  • 1 loaf of white bread
  • chilled butter, grated

For the vegetable flowers:

  • slices of carrot, bell peppers & tomato
  • slices of zucchini skin
  • chives
  • peppercorns
  • vegetable oil for sautéing


  • 4-inch, 6-inch & 8-inch heat-resistant bowls
  • 6-inch springform pan
  • tall glass
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • flower-shaped cookie cutter

Here's How:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Stir together all of the ingredients for the meatloaf and season the mixture with salt & pepper. Grease the 3 heat-resistant bowls with vegetable oil, then divide the meatloaf among all 3 of the greased bowls. Press the meatloaf firmly into the sides of the bowls, transfer the bowls to the oven, and bake the meatloaf domes at 350°F for 30–40 minutes. Once they're done baking, let the meatloaf domes cool, but keep the oven warm for the next steps.

2. For the bread base, tear up the slices of white bread and use the bottom of a tall glass to firmly press the bread down into the bottom of the 6-inch springform pan.

3. For the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, then gradually add in the flour, stirring continuously. Let the butter mixture heat up for 2–3 minutes, but don't let it brown. Add in the milk and bring the sauce to a boil, still stirring constantly. Once the sauce starts to thicken, add in the cheese and stir the mixture until it has melted. Season the béchamel sauce with salt.

4. Sauté the diced vegetables in a small amount of vegetable oil and season them with salt & pepper. Pour ½ of the béchamel sauce into the frying pan with the mixed vegetables and stir everything together thoroughly.

5. Spoon some of the mixed vegetables into each of the 3 meatloaf domes and stack them one on top of another, making sure to keep the largest meatloaf dome inside of its bowl.

6. Transfer the bread base to the top of the stacked meatloaf domes.

7. Grate chilled butter on top of the bread base and spread it around evenly. Transfer the meatloaf dome cake to the oven and bake at 350°F for 30–40 minutes.

8. For the flower decorations, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of the skin of the zucchini, then cut them in half. Use a flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut small flowers out of the other vegetables. Briefly sauté the vegetable flowers in some vegetable oil and soak the chives in hot water. Once it's done baking, carefully flip the meatloaf dome cake over onto a plate and heat up the remaining béchamel sauce. Pour the béchamel sauce over the meatloaf dome cake, then decorate it with vegetable & peppercorn flowers, zucchini leaves, and chive stems.

If this recipe proves one thing, it's that ground meat and béchamel sauce taste great in tons of different ways! Give this hearty, gorgeous meatloaf dome cake a try, and get the whole family to chow down in style!

Get the recipe for the Stuffed Ground Beef Molehill featured in the bonus video.


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