I don’t have much talent in the kitchen, but once a year I put on my apron and get to work. Naturally, that’s for West’s birthday.
Because I’m a health nazi when it comes to my animals, this is typically the only day of the year that West gets anything over the top. Of course I have to go all out for that.
There are several companies who sell horse cakes, but 1. they’re outrageously priced, and 2. what fun is that?! Ingredients for my DIY cake cost right at $10, and only about an hour – hour and a half to make. Plus, it’s fun getting messy every now and then. 😉
- 1 apple
- 1 carrot
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- icing optional
Before you jump into everything, go ahead and set your oven for 325 degrees. Set out a cookie sheet with a layer of parchment or wax paper.
Step 1 … grate the apple and carrot. I’ve found that it doesn’t really matter what size of sliver you opt for, but they do need to be grated. Go ahead and throw these in a mixing bowl.
Step 2 … add all other ingredients.
Mix it up really well, adding extra ingredient as needed. If it seems too runny, add more oats or a bit of flour. If it seems too hard, add a bit more molasses or water.
Step 3 … create! Mold your “dough” into whatever shape you prefer! Can you tell what shape I’m going for this year?!
I find that usually the thicker, the better – especially for cakes! I make mine one to two inches thick typically.
Step four … bake! With the oven at 350 degrees, bake your creation for 30-45 minutes, depending on size and thickness. I always check at 30 minutes, and every few minutes after that to make sure I don’t burn anything!
Step five … while your cake is baking, use the time to make your icing! If you want to keep things more natural, you can opt for no icing. But like I said at the beginning, treats like this come once a year for West, so I like to make things sweet .. literally.
Since I used two colors of icing on this particular cake, I bought old school white icing and colored it. Add the color and mix with a spoon!
Step six … ice your cake! Just go easy … although icing is 90% sugar and is safe for your horse to eat, it’s probably not the best thing to overload them on. I use a very thin layer!
Step seven … add the finishing touches and enjoy! I added leaves from an actual carrot to make my cake a bit more fancy.
Remember, both the molasses and the icing contain high amounts of sugar, so please don’t let your horse eat the whole cake in one day! I usually do one little piece once a day until the cake is gone.
Enjoy! If you use my recipe, don’t forget to tag me or send me photos, I’d love to see!
Pro Tip … use your leftover batter for cookies! I promise your horse won’t say no!