For our feathered friends who need our help in the winter! If possible use flexible molds or muffin pans lined with paper cups. If you don't have flexible molds, immerse the molds in hot water for several seconds before removing the cakes. They also make a nice gift for our human friends who like to look after the birds. It is nice to make this in one large mold and display the cake in your garden (in a safe place away from other animals!) Don't take notice of the yield because that will depend on the size of molds you use. You can also be somewhat flexible with the amounts given in the recipe, they will still turn out well and much better than any store bought cakes for the birds. They love them and my 'garden restauant' is always full of satisfied customers! If you have some netting to put them in you can hang them from a tree branch.
- Ready In:
- 2 2 lbs lard or 2 lbs suet
- 3 cups bird seed (I buy the winter mix)
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1 cup cornmeal (millet, quinoa or semolina can be substituted)
- 1 cup oats
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup currants (or other dried fruits)
- 1 cup cracked corn (optional)
- In a large pan start melting the fat.
- When almost melted, take off the heat, add the rest of the listed ingredients and mix well.
- Let the mix cool enough for the seeds to be evenly distributed and not sink to the bottom.
- Fill your molds, cool until set and un-mold.
- IMPORTANT: Do not use old and used fat from your deep fryer because that is not good for the birds.
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Wish I'd found this great sounding recipe last fall instead of spring! I will try it next year. But please don't use vegetable fat, such as Crisco. Being hydrogenated, it is very unhealthy for humans, so I imagine it's just as bad for birds and those sweetly pesky rodents. Lard and suet are much better choices.
My feathered friends give this birdy treat a a five cheep rating...and so do the racoons and the squirrels. Knowing that some furry critters would raid the seed cakes, I foiled the thieves by stuffing the mixture into all the crevices of some large pinecones and then hanging them from the trees. Those clever racoons even got some of those that were on the ends of the branches! I halved the recipe and had a great time with my two grandaughters getting all messy as we created delicious treats for our backyard pets. This will be an annual tradition, Pets...thank you so much!