Wild bird food cake

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup niger seeds
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup lard or beef suet
  • Hanging bird feeder(s) suitable for fat balls

How to make it!

  1. Chop the nuts and fruit finely.
  1. Stir into the rest of the dry ingredients until they're all thoroughly combined.
  1. Melt your suet or lard in a saucepan over a low heat.
  1. Remove from the heat and stir in your dry ingredients a little at a time.
  1. Divide the mixture into portions the size of your hanging bird feeder. Using your hands, mould into tightly packed balls just slightly smaller than the diameter allowed by the feeder.
  1. Place on a tray covered with greaseproof paper. Once cooled, refrigerate overnight.

Want to be creative? Part of the fun is making your own adjustments. As a general rule, one part fat to two parts dry ingredients is the ratio that will create the best cake. However, if you want to make a fruitier, drier cake then add more fruit and reduce the amount of fat.

Recipe sheet: Wild bird food cake