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Seed Cake Recipe for the Birds

When the flurries are flyin’ and you’re stuck inside, why not bring a few birds to your window with these homemade birdseed cakes. I had my doubts when I first tried this recipe, but they really are easy to make and the birds love them.

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Birdseed Cakes
This one is for the birds -- homemade seed cakes
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 c water
  3. 1 envelope unflavored Knox gelatin
  4. 4 c birdseed
  5. nonstick cooking spray
  6. cookie cutters
  7. wax paper
  8. drinking straws
  9. ribbon or string
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, water and gelatin in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. Add the birdseed to the mixture and stir until well coated.
  3. Coat the inside of large cookie cutters with the nonstick cooking spray and place the cutters on a sheet of waxed paper.
  4. Completely fill each of the cutters with the seed mixture, making sure to press it into all the little nooks and crannies.
  5. Cut a piece of straw for each cookie cutter and carefully insert it into each shape (not too close to the edge) and leave it in place. This will make a hole from which to hang the seed cake.
  6. Let the filled cutters set for two hours,
  7. Carefully push the dried seed mixture out of the cutters and onto the wax paper, and remove the straw pieces.
  8. Allow the shapes to dry overnight.
  9. Insert a piece of ribbon or string through the holes in your seed cakes, tie them off and hang them from the nearest tree.
Notes
  1. This is a great kid-friendly project and also makes wonderful gifts.
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