How to Make Birds Their Favourite Cake

Lard, cheese, bacon rind, sultanas? No, it’s not the latest crazy recipe from Heston Blumenthal (although I wouldn’t put it past him)! Maybe the ingredients for the bird cake wouldn’t make it into your birthday cake but our little feathered friends fully appreciate the delicious mixture of seeds, left over soaked bread crumbs, lard and other strange delights like cheese or bacon rind..

How to Make Birds Their Favourite Cake

What you will need

ingredients for bird cake
  • Lard
  • Nuts (although not in the Spring - see below)
  • Left over meat/bacon rind
  • Dried seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, millet
  • Left over cheese
  • Silicone cake mould, yogurt pot or small plastic cup
  • String

How you do it

  1. Make sure your lard is very soft, it should be taken out of the fridge around 2 hours beforehand to bring it up to room temperature. Your bird cake mixture should consist of one part lard to two parts of the remaining ingredients.

    ingredients for bird cake
  2. Mix up all your ingredients together in a bowl.

    Luke and Holly mixing up the bird cake mixture
  3. If you're using a yogurt pot or plastic cup, make a small hole in the bottom then thread the string through the hole and tie a knot in the end so it is secure. Put a little handful of your cake mixture in the pot (your Little Trekkers' nimble fingers are best at this). We used a silicone cake mould for ours and placed the end of the string within the mixture to secure it. Don't put the bird cake in net or mesh bags as birds can get their legs or feet trapped.

    Putting the mixture in the cake mould
  4. Put your yogurt pots, silicone cake tin moulds in the fridge for about an hour to set and then they'll be ready. Here's ours!!

    Holly with the finished bird cake
  5. Hang your delicious cake out in your garden.

    Hanging the bird cake out in the garden.

Our Useful Tips

Care and Maintenance
  • If you're making bird cake in the Spring, don't include nuts as baby chicks may choke on them.
  • Always put out a saucer or small bowl of water, along with your tasty bird cake.
  • When buying nuts or seeds specifically for birds always go to a reputable pet store or bird food dealer. Peanuts for example may contain toxins that are harmful to birds.
  • Don't leave any mouldy food out for the birds, would you want to eat mouldy food? No way! Birds don't appreciate it either; it can upset their tummies and may even kill them.
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