I’ve wanted to share this for a while, but Christmas happened and there was way too much good stuff to share through out December, so the birdies were put on hold… Actually, this gave me time to test the formula over and over again. It’s now the most tested recipe on the blog (that’s kind of funny 😀 ), but now we know exactly what our feathered neighbours like.
I tried combinations of peanut butter and shortening, peanut butter and coconut oil, and even peanut butter and animal fat (supplied by my Dad, who was certain they would like it best)… The verdict, an incredibly strong preference for the shortening mix. This was confirmed time and time again when placed side by side with any other combination… Everyday, we put out 2 cakes, which will vanish within 4 hours. And incase you’re curious, now that our “guests” know that there’s something better to be had, those store bought suet/seed cakes just sit there idle in our yard (even when there is no other food being served up).
We use those hanging basket style feeders, so I use left over containers from the store bought cakes (that my Mom used to buy) to mould my feed into perfectly sized blocks. If you don’t have any of those containers, you can use silicone muffin cups (as shown in one of the pictures above), or you can simply hand shape balls to hang.
Use whatever seed mix is appropriate for your neighbourhood birds. Though to be honest, they don’t seem to care. They come in droves regardless of the mix of seed I use (I’ve been using up different bags left over from last summer). A (human) neighbour was amazed at how many birds we get. Big ones, little ones, from crows to chickadees to woodpeckers, they all love it! Even a certain, cheeky, squirrel now drops by daily 🙂
Earlier in the week, I threw a teaser picture up on Instagram and asked if anyone could figure out what today’s post was going to be about. If you saw it, did you guess bird feed?
Peanut Butter Cakes for Wild Birds
Author: Starr Wong @ The Misfit Baker
- 1 1/2 cup Shortening
- 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 3 1/2 cup Wild Bird Seed
- 1 cup Quick Oats
- 1/2 cup Corn Meal/Polenta
Stir together your bird seed, oats, and corn meal. Set aside.
Melt the shortening and peanut butter together and stir until completely combined (you want the mixture to be a smooth liquid). Pour into the seed mixture and stir together until the seed mixture is thoroughly coated and no dry spots remain.
Spoon the mixture into moulds of your choice, spreading and smoothing to edges, and freeze until set (about an hour)… Alternatively, allow to cool in the refrigerator until the mixture can be easily moulded by hand. Form balls (or whatever shape you think your feathered friends would like), use a skewer to make a hole to hang from string, and freeze until set.
Store in the freezer until ready to use.