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How to Make Birdseed Cakes

By: Garden Gate staff
Want homemade treats for all the birds in your yard? Follow our simple steps for making birdseed cakes that they will love!

Easy DIY birdseed cakes

A great way to invite birds into your garden is to make these super-easy birdseed treats. Birds especially benefit from birdseed cakes during the winter months, when food sources are more limited. Making your own birdseed cakes is a cinch and can be done in your own kitchen with some simple ingredients and tools. You can even customize the mixture to attract specific species of birds. Before you know it, birds will be flocking from miles around to feast in your garden.

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Birdseed cake ingredients (This recipe makes 4 bird seed cakes)

  • ¾ cup white or wheat flour
  • 3 cups bird seed mix
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup raw peanuts
  • ½ cup water (brought to a boil)
  • ¼ ounce unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup


  • Mixing bowl
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Disposable cups
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sticks
  • Twine

How to mix and form the birdseed cakes

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl
  2. Microwave water until boiling in a glass measuring cup
  3. Add gelatin to boiling water and stir to dissolve
  4. Stir in corn syrup
  5. Pour liquids over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly
  6. Spoon the mixture into cups (This recipe makes 4 cups)
  7. Poke hole in middle of cake for hanging
  8. Let cakes dry overnight
  9. Remove cakes from cups
  10. Use sticks and twine to hang cakes

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Published: Jan. 30, 2019

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