Raisin cake (bird snack).


Another experiment from For The Birds: Easy to Make Recipes for Your Feathered Friends.  Our birds are fat and happy this winter!


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Mix together the cornmeal, oatmeal, lard, wheat germ, and skim milk in a medium to large bowl, blend well to form a thick batter.
  • Then add raisins and flour.
  • Grease a pie pan and flour lightly for baking.
  • Pour mixture into pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
  • Take out of the oven and set aside to cool.
  • Break the cake into large pieces to hang in mesh bags.


  • I translated “uncooked oatmeal” into rolled oats.
  • I also used whole milk rather than skim because that’s all we ever have in the house.
  • I’m a bit confused about how this was supposed to end up as a batter – mine was a very thick dough that I could literally mash into a ball and pick up with one hand.  I did not pour into the dish, more like pressed it in.
  • Having said that, it seems to have come out well, firm and crumbly just like the birds seem to enjoy.
  • We traditionally just crumble recipes like this on the ground under our big feeder, rather than trying to put it into anything that hangs.  The little birds really seem to enjoy it that way, even if the bigger birds make off with the larger pieces there are still plenty of crumbs for the juncos and sparrows.

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