Feb 7, 2017

DIY Birdseed Cakes




This morning I was on Hallmark's Home & Family show sharing a super simple DIY that you can do with your family this weekend. These DIY birdseed cakes are a treat to make, and something extra special for the birdies out your window.

I had such a blast on this episode. We played a super fun quick-thinking game called 5 Second Rule that I'll definitely be trying out with my family at home. You can learn more about the episode here.


DIY Birdseed Cakes

What you'll need

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 package unflavored gelatin (4 tsp.)
  • 4 cups bird seed
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Drinking straws
  • Thin string or twine

Directions

  1. Spray silicon mold with cooking spray.
  2. On the stovetop over medium heat, whisk gelatin and water until dissolved. Whisk in corn syrup and mix well. Pour gelatin mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Add 4 cups birdseed to gelatin mixture. Stir to coat all of the seed.
  4. Using a small spoon, spoon birdseed mixture into your mold. PRO TIP: Spray your finger tips with cooking spray and press firmly down on mixture so it is well packed in the mold.
  5. Cut your drinking straw into 2 inch pieces and stick one piece into each birdseed mold, pushing all the way to the bottom and creating a whole. Leave straw in place while it sets.
  6. Place in refrigerator (or freezer if you’re impatient like me), until it sets. It will be hard to the touch when it's sets. It usually takes about 1/2 hour in the fridge.
  7. Remove from mold onto baking sheet, carefully. Let dry for a couple of days (turning over occasionally). Tie on a bow of decorative string for hanging. An easy way to get the string through the hardened birdseed mold is to remove the straw, thread the string through the straw and stick the straw (string inside), back through the whole until you can grasp it on the other end.
Be sure to tag me on Instagram with a picture of your birdseed cakes! @meredithplays and #bewellplayed
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