Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY: Birdseed Cakes

Hello Lovelies,
So, I’m doing something a bit different today. I’m sharing my recipe for DIY Birdseed Cakes. You can either place these cakes in a suet feeder or attach a string and hang in a tree. The birds go crazy for these and the squirrels love them as well.
They’re quick to make—about 20 minutes prep time—and I know what’s in it. I know that they’re wild birds, but I feel like it’s my responsibility to know what I’m feeding them.
If you plan to make these inside, I strongly recommend covering your surface—I used an old tablecloth. It makes it easier to clean up any birdseed that escaped.  

Here’s what you need:
1 Envelope of  Unflavored Gelatin
½ Cup of Warm Water
3 tablespoons of Corn Syrup
¾ Cup of Flour
3 Cups of Wild Birdseed
1 Cup of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
1 Cup of Bluebird Nuggets (you can substitute dried fruit, peanuts, or mealworms depending on the type of birds in your area)
—In a large bowl whisk together water, unflavored gelatin, and corn syrup until –frothy
—Add in flour and whisk until it’s the consistency of pancake batter
—Add birdseed and stir until coated
—Transfer birdseed mixture into container coated with non-stick cooking spray
Allow the birdseed mixture to set for at least 10 minutes then transfer to a flat surface covered with wax paper or aluminum foil and allow to dry overnight
If you want to make a birdseed bell, simply use a small plastic flower plot, and allow to dry for 24 hours before removing.  You can purchase the plastic hanger from any pet supply store or make your own out of floral wire.

So Lovelies, Let me know if you try these.


Sophia Rose said...

Love it! We used to roll pinecones in peanut butter and seed, but this is great. Thanks!

Lanies Book Thoughts said...

How cool, I wanna try these now. Unfortunately, the only birds that seem to be around here are those black birds. Blah.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

I used to do that as well but we have so many ants around this year I was afraid the peanut butter would attract them.

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

We have a lot of black birds around here too. If you play around with different types of seeds, you'll attract more birds. Try sunflower seeds--they attract cardinals, bluejays, and finches. Or oddly enough, peanuts attract several birds as well.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

Very neat, Angela! I just do loose birdseed most of the time but occasionally buy the suet ones for those feeders. Might have to try this at some point :D

Lanies Book Thoughts said...

Thanks, I'll give it a go and see what happens:D

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

Thanks, Anna. If you try it, let me know.