Bird cake

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You will need

  • 300g bird seed mix
  • 150g raisins
  • 150g peanuts
  • 250g block of suet or lard
  • Empty, clean yoghurt pot/s or other small container/s (depending on how many you want to make)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon

You’ll need an adult to help you with this task. This recipe will make quite a few bird cakes – the exact number depends on the size of the pots you are using.

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How to make it

  1. 01

    Before you begin making your bird cake, remove the lard from the refrigerator and allow it to warm to room temperature – this will make it easier to work with.

  2. 02How to make it

    Ask your adult helper to make a hole in the base of your empty yoghurt pot.

  3. 03How to make it

    Thread your string through the hole and tie a knot on the inside, big enough that the string does not slip back through the pot. Make sure you leave enough string to tie your finished bird cake to a tree.

  4. 04How to make it

    Now cut your lard block into small chunks and place the chunks into your mixing bowl.

  5. 05How to make it

    Add the raisins, bird seed mix and peanuts to the lard and start mixing with your spoon. You might need to use your hands to make sure your ingredients are properly mixed together.

  6. 06How to make it

    Now fill your yoghurt pot/s with your bird cake mixture and place it in the refrigerator to set – this should take around an hour.

  7. 07

    Finally hang your finished bird cake/s from your bird table or tree and watch your feathered friends tuck in!

  8. Why not make a note of all the different species of bird that come to enjoy the cake?

  9. Top tip

    You can also make a pine cone feeder with any leftover ingredients. Collect a few pine cones (the bigger the better), attach the cone/s to a piece of string and dip into the melted suet or fat before rolling them in the birdseed. You’ll need to ask an adult to help you with warming the lard or suet in a saucepan.