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).

    • kathy says

      most any suet type food ( even in the stores) will crumble and melt and fall off the hanger once birds start eating at it…unless it is in a container or in log holes

  3. Joy Marshall says

    These make great gifts for my bird loving friends. I put them in holiday baking cups and squeeze them into a cookie tin. Friends an family love it.

    • Jan says

      Cocout oil will not allow the mixture to form into ‘cakes’ because it is far too soft. The recipe actually calls for shortening (vegetable-based fat) as opposed to lard (animal-based fat).

  4. Jeri says

    I use 2 cups bacon grease plus 4 cups cornmeal and 4 cups rolled oats. I look through my cabinets for raw nuts, for example, that may have gone stale. Grind them up in a coffee grinder and add to the mix. In the fall I have lots of ripe pears and some that may have blemishes on them (the birds don’t mind)- dice them up, throw them in. The last thing I add is a cup of bird seed. This recipe makes about 5 cakes. The birds usually eat one up in less than a day, freeze the rest!

  5. William Tubbs says

    Have been making the recipe for over 6 years using the Birdola Stacker Stand as the feeder.
    Make around 16 cupcakes a week. All the birds love eating.

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