From the Kitchen of Elk Meadow Farm & Nursery
Denice Moffat and Michael Robison
This is for high-energy in the winter. A suet treat in a decorator cup. They don’t last long around our house. The Blue Jay’s screech like birds of prey to scare the smaller birds off so they can gobble these things up. One cupcake lasts about 6 minutes. They get one/day because they’re just piggy about these things!
- 1 cup Vegetable Shortening (Crisco)
- 2 cups Chunky Peanut Butter
- 6 cups Cornmeal
- 2 cups Birdseed
Directions: Melt the shortening and peanut butter over low heat in a 5 quart pan. When melted add the cornmeal and 1 ½ cups of the birdseed. Dish into cupcake cups and gently mush the mixture down giving it a little rounded look. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of the leftover birdseed on top for decoration.
Put the cupcakes in their pan in the refrigerator overnight to harden. We wrap the individual cupcakes in foil and store them in a Ziploc baggie in the fridge for future use. Makes a great gift idea.
Note: the birds seem to really be attracted to birdseed that has sunflower seeds and peanut parts in it but if you don’t have this kind of birdseed you can put some bits of dried fruit on for decoration.
Preparation Time for Bird Cupcakes: About 15 minutes. Makes 26 cupcakes.