You may remember a few weeks back we gathered some items from the autumn landscape with the promise that we would have a project for you. Well, here it is, our Gather Fall Bounty project, Suet Cakes to feed our fine feathered friends out in this crazy winter we’ve been having.
Here’s what we collected…
Here’s what we bought…And…
For our ‘recipe’ we adapted THIS recipe from the Farmer’s Almanac online.
Set these on a cookie sheet for filling. This size should fit well into a store bought suet cake holder. You could free form this step if you wanted, just check your holder’s measurements to make sure whatever shape you end up with fits well.
Because we are impatient we put the whole pot in an ice bath in the sink to help it cool down enough to handle it. The mixture will also start to solidify again. While the mixture cools take some time to cut some lengths of twine about 18″ long to form your hanging cakes around.
When the hanging cakes have solidified enough to pick up tie a piece of yarn or additional string to the top of the cake. This gives the birds something to hold onto while enjoying their little treat.
We had some bits that didn’t adhere to our finished product so, while the rest of the cakes finished solidifying, we let the birds help us clean up by putting the crumbs on plates and setting them outside for the birds to enjoy right away.
We made more cakes than we needed to use right away so the extras will store in the fridge or freezer until we need them.