If you haven’t already embraced the holiday season, this recipe is sure to get you in the spirit. We’ve all seen the classic horse treats with the peppermint in the center, but have you ever seen a cake pop made specially for horses? Follow along the recipe below and bake some delicious snacks for your four-legged friend this winter.
Peppermint Cake Pops
Yields 18 cake pops
- 3 cups oat bran
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup flax seeds (great for your horse’s hair!)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 18 peppermint candy sticks
- Cake pop pan (18-slot preferred)
- Large mixing bowls
- Cooling rack
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Mix dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl (does not include carrots).
- Mix in the molasses, applesauce and carrots.
- Spray each cake pop pan with cooking spray, especially with metal pans.
- Fill both the top and bottom cake pop pans with your mixture. Fill the side with the hole a little less full, so that there’s room to put your peppermint stick in later steps.
- Flip pan with hole onto the top of the other pan.
- Take one of the peppermint sticks and make a hole in each of the cake pops before putting into the oven. Make sure that your peppermint stick is removed before putting into the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour. You can take the baking time to unwrap the rest of the peppermint sticks so that they’re ready once the pops are baked.
- Remove from oven and carefully remove the top tray, revealing the pops with holes in the top.
- After allowing them to cool for ten minutes, gently insert the peppermint sticks into the hole of each cake pop. It’s crucial to let them cool slightly first! Otherwise your peppermint sticks will start to melt. Don’t wait too long though, or they won’t stick to the inside of the cake pops! Timing is crucial.
- Let the pops sit in the pan for another 15 minutes before pulling them from the pan.
- Place finished pops on the cooling rack and adjust peppermint sticks as needed.
- Allow the pops to cool completely and stiffen just slightly before feeding. Then share with all your favorite horsey friends!