Yes, birds eat cake too! I bought this great bird feeder stand last spring. While I love it, I didn’t realize how quickly the birds would eat through the seed cakes and how expensive the seeds cakes are. I realized I could make these very easily using loose bird seed that I fill my other window feeder with.
I searched around and found a great recipe (here) for making seed cakes of all shapes and sizes. It would be a great activity for kids as well. All you need is gelatin, flour, corn syrup and of course bird seed. It can be shaped into any mold pan and hung with a string as well. I use a piece of extra gutter pipe with a pvc pipe stuck in the middle to create the center hole. Be creative with what you already own!
- 3½ to 4 cups wild bird food
- ½ cup boiling water
- 3 tablespoons Karo syrup
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin
- ¾ cup flour (I find that ½ cup is plenty)
- non-stick cooking spray
- a mold of some sort – jello mold, bundt pan, etc
- string, twine or yarn
- a straw or item to make a placeholder for the hanging hole
- Spray your mold with cooking spray.
- Mix the gelatin into the boiled water until dissolved. Turn off heat.
- Add syrup and flour and mix well. It will form a sticky paste/batter.
- Add seed into the mixture and work the paste in. (it may take a little muscle)
- Spoon the mixture into your mold. Press down with your hands. It helps if you grease your hands first.
- **If you plan to insert a string, only insert ½ the mixture into your mold. Push a straw through the seed mixture to the bottom of the mold.
- Put mold into the fridge or freezer overnight to set.
- Remove from the mold. Sometimes it needs to sit out for a few minutes to loosen up in the mold.
- Remove the straw and add your string for hanging! Watch for birdies!