Last September was my beloved Quarterhorse’s 21st birthday, it was also our 10 year anniversary together. So, me being the big softy that I am, thought it was the perfect opportunity to bake a horse friendly birthday cake to celebrate!
Please note: This cake is pretty high in sugar. If your beloved equine is prone to laminitis, I would not recommend letting them demolish this entire cake in one sitting – treat it as an occasional tasty snack (this recipe is ‘long life’, it will keep for around 2 weeks) and a great photo opportunity (see below!)
What you’ll need:
- 4 cups of rolled oats – you can pick these up from the supermarket in smaller bags than available at the feed store, and it’s more affordable!
- 1 cup of molasses
- 2 apples
- 1 carrot
How to make it happen:
- Find a cake tin- any shape or size. Grease the cake tin so the cake will slide out easily after baking. Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Mix up the oats with the molasses in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the molasses has coated the oats, and you’ve created a paste like consistency.
- Grate your apples into the mixture, and mix them well.
- Spoon out the into your pre-prepared cake tin, bake for 10 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on your special pony cake, your aim is to crisp up the outer oats so they are golden, not to burn them.
- Once you’ve removed the cake from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes. While you wait for it to cool slightly, grate your carrot.
- When the cake has cooled down slightly, sprinkle the grated carrot over the cake to garnish.
If you’re feeling creative, decorate your cake with other special treats your pony loves, any way you like!
This is my finished product – as you can see, Gus was super interested in it! I also added a few multicoloured sprinkles to mine. Remember if you’re going to light candles and sing happy birthday like I did, it is important to check out any fire restrictions for your location on that day!