I was making cake pops (for people) the other day and I wondered if cake pops for horses were a thing. A brief search of the internet revealed nothing, so I decided to invent them. Because cake pops are delicious and horses deserve to enjoy them too.
3 cups oat bran
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup applesauce
1 cup chopped carrots
Peppermint or green apple (or any other flavor) candy sticks
- Preheat your oven to 300°. Mix your dry ingredients. I use a KitchenAid mixer, but you can do this recipe with a spoon and a bowl, it’s very easy to mix and doesn’t require beating.
- Mix in the wet ingredients and your chopped carrots.
- I transfer the mixed ingredients to a plastic mixing bowl so that I can use a cookie scoop without scratching the metal bowl. (This step is optional.)
- If you have a metal cake pops pan, spray it with cooking spray before filling. If you have a silicon pan, you can skip spraying as you’ll be able to pop the treats out.
- Fill both sides of the pan. Make sure to slightly under-fill the side with the hole. You need room for the candy sticks.
- Flip the hole side of the pan on top of the non hole side.
- Use just one candy stick and poke it into every hole making a space for the stick. You’ll cook the cakes without the sticks inside them, but you want the hole to be in the cakes in advance.
- Bake for 1 hour. Wile the pops are baking, take time to remove the wrappers from the rest of the candy sticks. After 1 hour, remove the pops from the oven and carefully remove the top tray.
- Let the pops sit for 10 minutes before you insert the candy sticks. This is important; if you don’t wait, the sticks will melt too much. However, if you wait until the pops have fully cooled, the sticks won’t melt enough to adhere to the cakes.
- Let the sticks sit upright for another 15 minutes before you pull the pops out of the pan and place them on a cooling rack to finish cooling. You may need to straighten the sticks a bit during this time. I didn’t get a picture of this stage, but I stacked two cooling cooling racks to allow the sticks to hang down below the pops and keep them straight while they cooled.
I’ve tried these treats on a wide selection of horses and mules (I even brought them to a group horse camping trip last weekend) and every horse has loved them. In addition to being delicious, they’re pretty easy to make.