One way to attract birds into your backyard is to offer them treats they can eat. One of these treats is birdseed cakes which will lure the birds with their unique form, size, and taste. But, do you know how to make bird seed cakes? If not, please check on our step-by-step process below.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- Suet, Birdseed mix, Mealworms, Raisins
Tools you Will Need:
- Saucepan, Wooden spoon, Yogurt pots, Strings, Pencils, Cookie cutters
Step 1: Preparing the Containers
This birdseed cake can be put in different containers. Of course, you can use different shapes of cookie cutters to make different shapes of cakes. You can also hang the cakes on the bird feeder stand or any tree branch using the yogurt pots.
For the yogurt pots, you can use the pencil to make a hole in the middle of the bottom of the cups. There are two possible ways you can create and prepare the yogurt containers. One way is to put the string on the hole coming from the outside to the bottom of the pot. Then, get the string to tie a knot in the middle of the pencil. After tying, pull the string so that the pencil is stuck at the opening of the pot.
The pencil should provide a space for the birds to peck on the cake. Also, this method is for agile birds, which can peck underneath the pot. Another way is to put the string coming from the outside to the bottom of the pot to the hole. Then make a knot at the end of the string and pull it towards the bottom.
Step 2: Mixing the Ingredients
The next step is actually the start of making the birdseed cake. What you will do is mix all the ingredients in a large container. Put the birdseed mix, mealworms, and raising together in a single bowl. Use the wooden spoon to mix them thoroughly.
Step 3: Melting the Suet and Mixing the Other Ingredients
Get the saucepan and put it under low heat. Once the pan is heated, place the suet and start stirring it. This step is to melt the suet over low heat until it melts completely. The key is to continue stirring until the suet melts fully.
Once the suet melts completely, put it in the bowl to mix the other ingredients. And start mixing the bowl so that the suet will also be mixed thoroughly. Keep stirring until you achieve the needed consistency that the birds like.
Step 4: Putting the Birdseed Cake Mixture into the Container
The next step is to put the birdseed cake mixture into the various containers. You can put it in the cookie cutters to make different shapes of cakes. Also, start filling on the yogurt cups but make sure to make the pots full. It should be squeezed so that it sits nicely and should be very compact.
Then, you can refrigerate the birdseed cake mixture which you put in different containers. Leave it in a fridge to set overnight. After leaving it in the refrigerator overnight, it should be ready for the birds to eat the following day.
Step 5: Putting it in Different Places where the Birds Can Eat
The following day, the birdseed cake should be ready to be put in different places. Those cakes you put on the yogurt pots with string can be hung on the bird feeder stand or any branches of trees where the birds can eat. The other birdseed cakes can be put on the birdfeeders and on the ground for the birds to eat.
Making a Birdseed Cake Without Gelatin
Most birdseed cake recipes use gelatin as one of the main ingredients. However, the problem with gelatin is its tendency to melt quickly during the summer season. Because of this situation, a birder must learn how to make bird seed cakes without gelatin during the summer. Please see our step-by-step guide in making birdseed cake without gelatin.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- ½ Cup Peanut Butter
- 3 Tablespoon Melted Coconut Oil
- ¾ Cup Flour
- 3 cups Mixed Birds Seeds
- Cooking Spray
Tools You Will Need:
- Mixing Bowl, Cookie Molds, Wooden Spoon, Baking Sheet
Step 1: Mixing the Ingredients
Get all the ingredients and put them in the bowl. Using the wooden spoon, gently mix all the ingredients by stirring them continuously. Make sure to stir it thoroughly until such time that all the ingredients are evenly mixed.
Step 2: Putting the Birdseed Cake Mixture Into the Molds
Once the birdseed cake mixture is mixed, start putting it into the cookie molds. But before that, you must spray the molds with cooking spray. After that, put all the cookie molds on the baking sheet.
Then start transferring the cake mixture into the cookie molds. Make sure that you squeeze the cake mixture thoroughly, and it should be compact to the cookie molds container.
Step 3: Refrigerate and Feeding to the Birds
After putting all the cake mixture in the container, put all of them in the refrigerator. Refrigerate everything overnight. On the following day, the birdseed cake will be ready to feed the birds in your backyard.
As a birder, learning how to make bird seed cakes is a superior knowledge to have. Giving the birds treats from time to time is one of the best ways to lure them into your backyard. Also, learning how to make bird cakes without gelatin is important during the summer because the temperature is very hot. You do not want the cakes to melt under the heat of the sun and become useless to the birds.