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Cake for the Birds


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour or dry cereal
  • 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 3 tsp. powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • water to make thick batter
  • mesh bag


Mix all ingredients. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F. Cool, remove and put in mesh bag. Hang from tree branch.


By Stacey from Topeka, KS

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February 26, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Stacey. So pleased you are feeding the birds, and the recipe is great, thank you. It would be a good idea not to use the mesh bags though, because there have been cases of birds getting their feet tangled up in the mesh and dying because they can't get free.

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March 3, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you Bookworm4.. I had never heard of that and have always heard to use the mesh bags. I know that there are suet cake holders that you can buy in the store but do you have any suggestions for ways to make one at home.. to save money. I love to feed the wildlife in our yard but would never want to do anything to endanger them.

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March 3, 20090 found this helpful

I wonder if you could use Crisco instead of bacon grease. We don't eat bacon. Have you tried it that way?

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March 5, 20090 found this helpful

This is just my thought...but, could you mold the filling, then after it's cooled, put it in an onion or other mesh bag that's been slit top to bottom maybe in 1" width. If the filling is put in carefully and then pressed, the birds might be better able to release themselves if they get caught and the fallen food would be there for those who eat off the ground.

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