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Birthdays are Made for Cake

Recently, my horse Riker celebrated his 23rd birthday. Now I have to admit, in the nearly 20 years I’ve owned him, I’ve never made a huge deal about birthdays. In fact, I’ve occasionally forgotten to celebrate the day. This year, however, I decided to go all out and bake him a cake.

I can’t take the credit for this recipe, as it was given to me by my coworker Carolyn, but I can tell you that it was both easy and tasty. Most importantly, it’s easy to “wing it” with this cake, and the audience is less particular than most.

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Equine Birthday Cake Recipe
1.5 cups of old-fashioned oats
½ cup of whole wheat flour
1 medium mashed banana
½ cup sugar free applesauce
½ cup vegetable oil
½ of an apple, finely chopped
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup flax seed or chia seed
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl until well-blended. Heat oven to 325 and bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of pan). I used a 9 x 9 nonstick baking pan. The texture should be somewhat soft when done but not mushy.

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The cake was a big hit amongst Riker and his friends (including my other horse Luna), although the icing on the lips was a little questionable. But all in all, my first attempt at an equine birthday cake was a huge success!

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Do you and your horse have a favorite birthday tradition? Share it in the comments below.

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