How to Make a Birthday Cake for a Horse

Two Methods:Grain cake (not baked)Carrot cake (baked)

A cake suitable for a horse can be made using ingredients that are safe for horses to consume. The cake recipes provided in this article contain the goodness of grain and molasses, along with carrots. The cakes also include sugar and sweet treats, which makes them tasty but means that these cakes should only be served as a treat, on a special occasion such as the horse's birthday.


Grain cake:

  • 1/2 a bag of grain
  • 1/2 cup of molasses
  • 10 sugar cubes
  • 4-5 peppermints, crushed
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 a cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of diced carrots (one to two carrots)

Carrot cake:

  • 5-6 large, fresh carrots
  • 2-3 cups oats (regular oats or instant oatmeal, etc.)
  • 2 cups plain or all purpose flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2-1/3 cup molasses
  • Extra water (optional)

Method 1
Grain cake (not baked)

This cake is very sticky because it's not baked. It's a good cake for children to make if they're not yet familiar with using the oven.

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    Use a large bowl for mixing the ingredients together.
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    Place the grain and molasses into a food processor and puree. Dice 1 or 2 carrots, add about 6 regular sized sugar cubes, and 4 to 5 crushed peppermints into the bowl.
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    Stir with the spoon until the molasses glues everything together in a gooey mix.
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    Put the cake onto a paper plate.
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    Sprinkle powdered sugar on top (however much you think is enough).
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    Put four sugar cubes on top of the powdered sugar.
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    Serve the cake. Cut into slices before serving and feed individually to your horse. Remember to sing "Happy Birthday"!

Method 2
Carrot cake (baked)

This cake will be like a normal cake, not sticky when served, as it is baked.

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    Line a baking or cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
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    Grate or puree the carrots until they are of a fine consistency. Transfer to one bowl.
    • If pureeing the carrots, cut into diced pieces before adding to the food processor.
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    Add the flour, sugar and oats to the other mixing bowl. Mix well.
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    Add the mixed dry ingredients to the grated or pureed carrots. Combine thoroughly by stirring with the spatula. If needed, you can also try mixing with your very clean fingers.
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    Add the quarter cup of water to the mixture. Mix in the molasses gradually. The resulting mixture should feel sticky and not be runny. If it is runny, add more flour to soak up the liquid.
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    Transfer the sticky dough to the baking or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape the dough in a mound or cake shape, using your hands.
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    Place in the preheated oven to bake. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until it is a golden brown color. It should not feel wet, and it will be firm and slightly soft inside.
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    Remove from the oven. Allow to cool on a wire baking rack.
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    Stick some carrots in the middle of it as candles for the horse. It's now ready to serve––be sure to sing Happy Birthday to your horse.
    • The cake must only be served in slices; do not feed the horse the cake in its entirety.


  • The grain cake can be very sticky; you may wish to add more grains to improve the texture.
  • Make sure to give your horse a little at a time. Feed your horse about half, then put the remainder in your refrigerator until you are going to use it again. Both cakes can also be frozen but remember to wrap well in plastic and foil, add to an airtight container and label and date it.


  • Always wash your hands before baking because you don't want your horse to get sick.
  • Be careful that the horse doesn't eat a lot of sweets or it will get very ill. Sugar should be reserved as a rare treat, not a daily one.

Things You'll Need

Grain cake:

  • Large bowl
  • Stirring spoon
  • Paper plate

Carrot cake:

  • 2 large bowls
  • Grater/shredder or food processor
  • Spatula or mixing spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Baking or cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone sheet

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Categories: Horse Feeding