I made Gallon a birthday cake for his 14th birthday today, and wanted to share the recipe with you, in case you are in need of a good one to celebrate your horse on their special day! This was a spin-off of a cake I used to make for Dante annually.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
3-4 Large Carrots
2.5 Cups Rolled Oats (Quaker Oats work just fine!)
2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1/3-1/2 Cup of Molasses
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Flax Seed (OPTIONAL)
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon (OPTIONAL)
2 Teaspoon Turmeric (OPTIONAL)
2 Large Bowls
1. Grate all of your carrots into one of your large bowls. (I used a disposable pie pan because I don’t own two large baking bowls - It worked perfectly fine!) I prefer to just grate the carrots, but if you have a food processor, you are welcome to make them finer.
2. Your second bowl will be designated to your dry ingredients. Add your flour, oats, sugar, and other optional dry ingredients. Mix them together.
Note: I added turmeric and cinammon because I know that these two ingredients are things that my horse likes the taste of. They are also safe to feed in small quantities. If your horse has other favorite tastes, feel free to play with the recipe to suit your horse. You can also leave out all optional ingredients and the recipe will still come out perfectly!
3. Add all of your mixed dry ingredients in with your grated carrots.
4. Add about 1/2 cup of water, mix, and then slowly add your molasses. If you add your molasses all at once, it will be a challenge to mix. Once I get the desired amount of molasses added in, I like to mix with my hands. The desired amount of molasses is ~ 1/3 of a cup. You want your "dough" to be sticky, but not runny. The mixture should turn a nice golden color.
5. Continue mixing until all ingredients are mixed together evenly.
6. Place your "dough" onto a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper or has non-stick spray on it. (I used amother disposable pie tin because that made it easy to pick up and take to the barn!) You may mold it into any shape that you like!
7. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. The outside of the cake should be golden brown and firm, but the inside should remain somewhat soft.
8. Let cool. Then decorate with carrots, apples, or any other treats your horse likes!
9. Enjoy! Happy birthday to your pony!
If you have extra dough - You can make small horse treats out of it. These need less time in the oven - About 8-10 minutes depending on the size you make them.
It is important to note that you shouldn’t feed your horse the entire cake when you serve it. This is a very sweet treat, so maybe just give a slice, or stop your horse after they’ve had a few bites and save the rest for later!