Saturday, January 21, 2012

* Birdseed Cakes

The girls and I spent Christmas Eve making 
our feathered backyard friends some bird seed cakes! 
We have seen these all over Pinterest and I remember
seeing them in Family Fun Magazine.

I liked and used the directions from this blog.

We mixed together 1 pouch of Knox Gelatin with 1/2 cup of boiling water
(we heated the water in the microwave) 
Stir the gelatin until it dissolves. 
Then, let the gelatin cool for a minute. 
The girls did not like the smell, can you tell? 

Then, they stirred the gelatin into 4 cups of birdseed in a big mixing bowl.
We also tossed in 3/4 cup of flour
3 TBSP of corn syrup
a handful of dry multigrain cheerios
a handful of mixed raisins 

"C" scooped the mixture into a silicone muffin pan
and into a regular metal cupcake pan. 

"E" cut up some plastic drinking straws and poked one through each 
bird seed "cake"

We put them in the garage fridge to set up overnight.
Then, we pulled them out three days later (when we remembered them again)
and threaded colored yarn through them like ornaments.

We hung them in our backyard and frontyard trees.
The squirrels ate all of the birdseed cakes out back in one day.
The cakes out front lasted a week before the birds ate them all. 
We even gave three to Grandpa for his birthday because he likes to feed his birdies too.

Looks like we'll need to make some more!

Happy Creating!
Pink and Green Mama


~The Bargain Babe said...

Aww I like those! I'm surprised the squirrels didn't go eat the front yard ones too!

Anonymous said...

Hi MaryLea,
Do you happen to remember how many bird seed "cakes" your recipe made? I would love to do this my preschool classes. Thanks for all the great ideas you share!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Hi Anonymous!

We got 17 cakes out of this recipe. : )


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ The Bargain Babe,

The birds (or squirrels) found the front yard tree cakes too but it took them a week to do so (for some odd reason) ! : )


Partycraft Secrets said...

ohh... we have native birds in our garden at the moment (it's mid summer here in Australia) - I might have to try this with my kids... great idea... I might make some love-heart shaped ones to give to my lovely garden & friends this Valentines Day! x

Alicia Crenshaw said...

That photo of your girls stirring the mixture and very plainly showing how stinky it was is just priceless!

I've been holding onto some birdseed for a while now and I think we're going to try out this recipe. I have one question, though: How hard was it to get the cakes out of the cupcake pan?

Jode said...

Looks like a fun activity...i love the pics of your girls...such expression on those gorgeous faces!!
Thanks for dropping by my blog!

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