Over the weekend I made some treats for the birds. We’d almost run out of fat cake and it’s quite expensive to buy if you don’t have space to store in bulk, so I thought I’d make my own. I found a simple recipe on Gardeners’ World and I had everything I needed to make it apart from the lard.
- Lard or suet
- Meal worms (optional)
- Oats (optional)
- Bird seed
- Mould – yogurt pots are ideal
Makes enough for 2 large yogurt pot fat cakes.
How I did it
I used approx double the amount of seed to lard (e.g. 1/2 cup lard, 1 cup of seed) and added oats to pad the mixture out.
I used to put meal worms out on the grass for the blackbirds at our old house. I haven’t seen any here and our garden is paved so they’ve just sat in the shed. The RSPB fat cake I normally buy has them in and the birds love them so I added a few to my dry mixture.
I didn’t have any yogurt pots so I lined a small tea cup with cling film.
Melting the lard was my least favourite part. I can’t stand the stuff! Partly because it has a horrible smell which seems to get so much stronger when heated. I might use beef suet next time.
I tied a couple of knots at the bottom of the string and left a loop at the top for hanging on the branch.
Then poured the mixture into the mould to set overnight in the fridge.
Ta-dah! The tastiest fat cake in the village (if you’re a hungry bird who loves pork fat of course).
Bird fat cake recipes
If you want to make your own fat cake check out some of these recipes: