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How to make a cake for birds!

It’s nearly Christmas! The time of plenty - sometimes, a little too much even. There is always leftover food at this time of year, so here's a fun activity to use some of it up and make a cake for the birds in your green space!

Suet, bird seed, nuts and beef fat.

Ingredients

Lard, suet or some kind of cooking fat (beef fat from the butcher and/or vegetable suet pictured)

Bird seed

Bird nuts

Fruit to decorate – any leftovers that the birds will like!

 

 

Instructions

Line your container with cling film, and heat the lard, suet or fat until there is liquid, if you are using fat you will need to sieve the mixture.

1. Line your container that you will use to make the cake with cling film.

2. Place the birdseed (and bird nuts if wanted) in a separate large mixing bowl.

3. Heat the lard or suet until it is liquid. If you are using left over fat (like the beef fat pictured), you will need to heat until all the fat has melted and then sieve the mixture to remove any remaining chunks of meat.

Pour the lard, suet or fat over the mixture, mix thoroughly, pour the mixture into your lined container.

4. The fat will cool quickly so pour straight over the birdseed and mix thoroughly. If there is still a lot of liquid present you can add more birdseed – it does not matter too much though, the liquid will eventually set solid again.

5. Pour the mixture into your lined container.

6. Switch the kettle on, get the board games out and leave the mixture to set for a while – you could place it in the fridge or freezer to speed the process up.

7. Turn your cake out - the cling film should make this easier - and decorate! Go WILD! We stuck to nuts and seeds, but you could use all sorts of fruity bits and pieces!

 

You can make these bird cakes in all manner of shapes and sizes, we'd love to see your creations - show us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!


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How to make a cake for birds!

It’s nearly Christmas! The time of plenty - sometimes, a little too much even. There is always leftover food at this time of year, so here's a fun activity to use some of it up and make a cake for the birds in your green space!

Suet, bird seed, nuts and beef fat.

Ingredients

Lard, suet or some kind of cooking fat (beef fat from the butcher and/or vegetable suet pictured)

Bird seed

Bird nuts

Fruit to decorate – any leftovers that the birds will like!

 

 

Instructions

Line your container with cling film, and heat the lard, suet or fat until there is liquid, if you are using fat you will need to sieve the mixture.

1. Line your container that you will use to make the cake with cling film.

2. Place the birdseed (and bird nuts if wanted) in a separate large mixing bowl.

3. Heat the lard or suet until it is liquid. If you are using left over fat (like the beef fat pictured), you will need to heat until all the fat has melted and then sieve the mixture to remove any remaining chunks of meat.

Pour the lard, suet or fat over the mixture, mix thoroughly, pour the mixture into your lined container.

4. The fat will cool quickly so pour straight over the birdseed and mix thoroughly. If there is still a lot of liquid present you can add more birdseed – it does not matter too much though, the liquid will eventually set solid again.

5. Pour the mixture into your lined container.

6. Switch the kettle on, get the board games out and leave the mixture to set for a while – you could place it in the fridge or freezer to speed the process up.

7. Turn your cake out - the cling film should make this easier - and decorate! Go WILD! We stuck to nuts and seeds, but you could use all sorts of fruity bits and pieces!

 

You can make these bird cakes in all manner of shapes and sizes, we'd love to see your creations - show us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!


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