Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bird Seed Cakes - Weekend recipe

These are a perfect indoor project for you and the kids to do that will let you feed the birds all winter.  You can get seed at the chain hardware store, but for better quality seed, try your local hardware or a specialty wild bird supply store, agriculture supply or livestock feed store and pet store.  You can get a variety of seed and you can ask for advice about what is best for the birds in your area.

These molded bird seed cakes can be hung from eaves and tree branches and replaced as needed.  All you need to make this recipe is unflavored gelatin and ways to shape the final product-- and seed of course!

1 - 1oz. package of unflavored gelatin
¼ cup water
1 ¼ cup bird seed (any combination is fine)

Combine unflavored gelatin and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved and add 1 1/4 cups of any combination of seeds the birds in your area enjoy. Mix until all seeds are coated.

Pack the mix firmly into molds.  Circles, wreaths, hearts, etc. all work fine. Large cookie cutters work well as a mold too.

Pierce the mold near the top edge of the molded seeds with a wood skewer or a drinking straw and allow the molded seed to set up.  Should take an hour or so.  Don’t forget to make that hole or these are tough to hang.


  1. I remember doing something like this with my son when he was younger. We used peanut butter.

  2. I remember my sister making these using peanut butter as a scout activity. We hung them from the railing by the back door. I'm saving the peanut butter for cookies! Marcy


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