The Most Popular Bird Seed Cakes You Can Make At Home

April 22, 2021 // 9 minutes read // 10 Shares

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Are you tired of paying top dollar for store-bought birdseed and suet cakes? Do you want to know how to make birdseed cakes at home?

I personally wanted to see if I could save a couple of bucks by making my own birdseed cake creations. So, I dove headfirst into the task and discovered some interesting recipes online that I am happy to share with you right now.

Mix ¾ cup flour, ½ cup water, 3 T corn syrup, and a packet of gelatin if you’re using it, although it isn’t necessary. Add 4 cups of fruit, nuts, and seeds. Combine everything together. Take a parchment paper-lined container and press the mixture inside. Refrigerate for one hour and remove the seed block.

And that’s all there is to it…

Once you’re finished, you can pack the seed cake into a wire mesh feeder and hang it up in your backyard for the birds to enjoy!

Guess what?

I have a few other amazing birdseed cake recipes up my sleeve that I’d like to share with you as well. Would you like to learn about them?

If so, you’ll discover my astounding recipes that include:

  • No melt bird seed cakes
  • Peanut butter cornmeal bird seed cakes
  • Cornbread sunflower seed suet cakes

Are you eager to get started?

Keep reading to discover your ideal recipe.

Related article: What Type Of Bird Seed Should I Feed My Backyard Birds?

No Melt Bird Seed Cakes: Perfect For Hot & Sunny Climates

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I chose this recipe first because so many bird-loving people live in hot climates all year round, so they need birdseed cakes that aren’t going to melt, crumble, or fall all over the place.

You’ll get exactly what you’re looking for after creating this recipe.

The instructions are simple as you’ll soon see.

And the ingredients include:

  • 2 cups of quick oats
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 cups of bird seed mix
  • 1 cup of lard
  • 1 cup of chunky peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar

The proper tools for the job comprise of:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Individual molds (use store-bought bird cake containers)
  • Large spoon or whisk

So far, so good, right?

The easy-to-understand instructions include…

Step #1: Grinding The Birdseed 

Technically, you can leave the birdseed whole especially if it’s small seeds like shell-less sunflower or safflower seeds. Otherwise, you should grind the seeds to a consistency similar to cornmeal.

Step #2: Mixing The Ingredients

Next, grab your mixing bowl and combine the flour, ground seeds, oats, and sugar in the mixing bowl. After that, it’s time to add the peanut butter and methodically mix in the dry ingredients at this point.

Step #3: Melt The Lard

Third, take the lard and place it into a microwave-safe bowl. If you have a glass measuring cup on hand, it makes a great option for the microwave.

Place the dish in the microwave, turn it on, and let it run for 30-45 seconds, or long enough for the lard to melt.

Now, it’s time to pour the melted lard on top of the other ingredients and stir it good so that it’s completely combined.

Step #4: Add The Mixture To Individual Molds

Personally, I like to use old store-bought suet cake containers for my individual molds. But you can use a plastic or glass container if you don’t have any suet cake packages laying around.

Take the mixture and press it into your molds. Pack it in there really good and fill it all the way to the top.

Step #5: It’s Refrigeration Time

Take your freshly packed molds and place them in your refrigerator. Keep them in there for about an hour to get them to harden, or longer if necessary.

Afterward, you can remove the hardened molds and place them in your wire cage bird feeders in your backyard for the local winged creatures to enjoy.

Pretty neat, right?


Want to learn how to make birdseed cakes without gelatin? Check out this article: How To Make Bird Seed Cakes Without Gelatin

Peanut Butter Cornmeal Bird Seed Cakes: A Delectable Treat For Wild Birds

Oh baby! Your backyard birds are in for a fantastic treat!

And guess what else?

This simple formula only uses four ingredients. So, it’s really easy to make and it’s something you can get your kids involved with.

The straightforward list of ingredients include:

  • 2 cups of mixed bird seeds
  • 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of rendered suet or lard
  • 1 cup of cornmeal

And the tools you’ll need to get this job done include:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Square or rectangular container (with or without lid)
  • Saucepan

That’s the gist of the ingredients and kitchen utensils needed to make this tasty treat.

The recipe itself goes something like this…

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Step #1: Combining The Ingredients

Take a large mixing bowl and combine the bird seeds, peanut butter, and cornmeal together. Mix it thoroughly so that it’s all clumped together in a sticky consistency.

Set aside the bowl for now.

Step #2: Melting The Lard

Next, it’s time to melt your lard or rendered beef fat, depending on what form yours consists of.

Turn on your stove and place it on low heat. Place a saucepan on top of the stove and add the lard or rendered fat. Allow the concoction to thoroughly cook until it begins melting.

It’s easier to use lard in lieu of rendered beef fat. You can even put the lard in a microwave-safe bowl and cook it for about 30 seconds to melt it.

Step #3: Completing The Ingredient Combining

Third, you can add the melted lard or beef fat to the rest of the ingredients and meticulously mix it into the concoction.

Step #4: Fill Your Containers

Take your plastic square or rectangle containers and fill them to the brim with the peanut butter cornmeal birdseed cake mixture. Make sure to pack it in really tight.

Step #5: Freeze The Mixture

For this recipe, we’re going to do things a little differently. Instead of putting your rectangular or square containers in the refrigerator, you’re going to put them in the freezer.

If you have the lids for these containers, feel free to put them on. If not, it’s still okay to place the recipe in the freezer.

So, please put the concoction in the freezer now and leave it there for three hours or however long it takes for it to become frozen solid.

And that’s about all…

Take the frozen mixture out of the container and put it in your wire suet cage and feed it to your favorite backyard birds. I promise they’re going to flip out because they’ll love this tasty treat so much.

Cornbread Sunflower Seeds Suet Cake: Your Backyard Birds Will Lose Their Minds

I have to admit that when I first tried this recipe, I wasn’t sure if the birds were going to like it. It’s my pleasure to tell you that the wild birds in my neighborhood absolutely gobbled it up.

Do you know what else? It’s very easy to make, so there’s no reason to avoid making this great-tasting recipe that the birds adore.

The list of ingredients include:

  • 3 tablespoons of Crisco beef fat
  • ¼ cup of shelled or whole sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup of mixed bird seeds
  • 1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter

And the kitchen equipment you’ll need includes:

  • 8-inch frying pan with lid
  • Large knife or spatula
  • Suet molds, square containers, or rectangular containers
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon


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Step #1: Mix The Ingredients

Like most birdseed cake recipes, you’ll start out by grabbing your large mixing bowl and combining the bird seeds, Jiffy corn muffin mix, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and Crisco beef fat.

Just mix it all up together so that it’s all nice and sticky and combined.

Step #2: Add The Ingredients To Your Frying Pan

Next, take your frying pan and place it on your stovetop set at very low heat.

Add the combined ingredients to the frying pan, cover them up with your lid, and let it cook for around 25 minutes or until you can tell that it’s done. You’ll know it’s done when it looks like a baked cake.

Step #3: Cool Off The Cornbread Sunflower Mixture

Remove the frying pan from the heat of the stovetop and place it off to the side. If you have room, temporarily pop it in your refrigerator so that it cools down faster.

Or better yet…

Bring it into your cool basement or garage. It’s bound to cool down quicker in these comfortable rooms.

Step #4: Remove The Cornbread Cake & Pack It In Molds

Once the mixture cool’s down, remove it from the frying pan and begin stuffing it into the molds. Use the molds of previous store-bought suet cakes. Or smoosh it into square or rectangular containers as an effective alternative.

Step #5: Freeze Your Bird Seed Cakes

Finally, take the freshly packed cakes and containers and place them in your freezer. Leave them in there for a few hours and check them periodically. This will help them solidify much easier.


Remove the mixture from the freezer and add it to your outside bird feeders.

I promise you’ll have very happy birds on your hands in no time flat!

Interested in making gorgeous birdseed ornaments? Read this article: How To Make Bird Seed Ornaments

The Big Finish On How To Make Bird Seed Cakes

I hope you found these recipes interesting and rewarding. With any luck, they are easy enough for you to give them a try.

Because more than anything else, I know your backyard birds will be in heaven if you start serving them these tasty bird seed cakes.

To recap, I shared the following recipes:

  • No melt bird seed cakes
  • Peanut butter cornmeal bird seed cakes
  • Cornbread sunflower seed suet cakes

And you know what else?

If you have young children, getting them involved in the birdseed cake creation process is a great deal of fun.

In my experience, kids really love mixing up the ingredients. They’ll make a little bit of a mess, but ultimately, they’ll have a great time and feel like they’ve really helped mom and dad.

Do not hesitate to get youngsters involved. But limit their involvement to mixing the ingredients and packing the containers. Please DO NOT ask them to help you with the cooking if they aren’t older or experienced enough.

Thanks for stopping by. Now get going and give these recipes a try!

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