Winter is coming and while it is getting colder, it gets harder for birds to find some feed. So, it is time to help them a bit! A great way to invite the birds to your garden is by making a bird seed cake. It is really easy to make. You only need a few ingredients. So get started and before you know it you have a great decoration for your garden and you can watch birds enjoying it!
Step 1: Materials needed
To make a bird seed cake you need the following ingredients:
- seeds (1kg)
- deep frying fat (0,5 kg) (unused, because when it is used, it is too salt for birds)
- decoration. I used apples from my garden, some leaves and berries. But you can also use, peanuts, nut and other things that is edible for birds.
You also need a pan to melt the fat, a spoon to mix the seeds through the fat and a mold.
Step 2: Prepare the cake
Melt the deep frying fat in a pan. When it is completely melted, remove it from the heat. Add the seeds to the melted fat and stir it. Then pour the mixture of fat and seeds into a mold. Be careful, it is very hot! Also take care that the mold is heat resistant. I used a bundt cake mold. When the mold is filled, put it in a cold place to let the fat solidify. I put it in the fridge overnight, then you are sure that it is completely solidified. However, you can also cool it for a shorter period and outside the fridge. You can feel when the fat is hard.
Step 3: Get the cake out of the mould
When you are sure that all the fat is solidified, you can take the cake out of the mold. The best way to do this is by putting the mold in a bucket of hot water for about 30 seconds. Then the fat on the edges of the mold will melt a bit. Therefore the cake can more easily be removed from the mold. Then put the mold upside down on a plate, so the cake will pour out of the mold.
Step 4: Decorate the cake
Now your bird seed cake is almost finished. The only thing that needs to be done is decorating. You can do this with things you find in the garden, like leaves, apples, berries, twigs, moss etc. You can also add peanuts, nuts or other things that birds can eat.
Place the seed cake in your garden and watch birds enjoying it!