Birdseed Suet Cupcakes

Feed birds with this simple and fun homemade birdseed suet recipe.

In the winter, birds benefit from a high-energy suet treat. Stacy Tornio, editor of Birds & Blooms, developed this recipe with her kids using cupcake liners to stay mess-free. They’re happy to report that the birds love it.

You will need:

1 cup shortening

2 cups chunky peanut butter

5 cups cornmeal

Assorted nuts, birdseed or dried berries

To make a bird cupcake, melt 1 cup shortening and 2 cups chunky peanut butter over low heat, then mix in 5 cups cornmeal. Fill cupcake tins and top with your choice of nuts, birdseed or dried berries. Cool in the refrigerator. To give as a gift, arrange on a plate or stack and then wrap with cellophane. Print off the recipe card below and attach it to the cellophane so your recipient can make more. Add a bow, and you have an instant gift!

  1. Ellen McGrath says

    I have been looking for a recipe like this. Slow cooking suet takes forever, smells and produces little product. The ingredients listed here are great and easy to prepare. I would like to read of how satisfied and successful these cupcakes turn out from anyone who has tried the recipe.

    • Kathy Brafford says

      I made these cupcakes tonight. Really easy to make. I put dried fruit and birdseed on top that we use in our feeder. I will be giving them out as Christmas gifts to the women in my Prayer Shawl group. I have not given any to the birds yet. I hope I can keep the squirrels away. Also, I’m thinking of putting them in the freezer and thawing them as I need them.

  2. Jim says

    I’ve been using this recipe for many years.
    Melt 1cup crunchy peanut butter & 1 cup lard (no substitutes).
    Stir in: 2 cups quick oats, 2 cups corn meal,1 cup white flour, 1/3 cup sugar. Can make cakes, cup cakes or press into a suet log (my method).

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