bird seed in the shape of a bundt cake

Super Simple Suet Cake Made With Coconut Oil

This birdseed cake is super simple, using only two ingredients! Suet is replaced with coconut oil from the standard recipes.

Be sure to read the helpful tips below the recipe.

bird seed in the shape of a bundt cake

Bird Seed Bundt Cakes

  • 2 Cups Wild Bird Seed
  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  1. Melt Coconut oil over medium low heat
  2. Mix coconut oil and bird seed
  3. Fill suitable container
  4. Place in refrigerator or freezer until solid
  5. Tie jute through hole in cake
  6. Hang outside and enjoy watching the birds!

Silicone Bundt Molds

You can purchase the bundt cake silicone mold I used on Amazon. Three were sold in the set when I purchased them. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

The silicone mold is a bit flimsy so, I recommend placing it on a cookie sheet before placing in the freezer.

The recipe above using 2 cups of bird seed will fill one of these molds to give you 6 bundt cakes.

front and back of silicone bundt pans

More Helpful Tips


I usually leave the cakes in the freezer for at least half an hour to make sure they are solid completely through. You might find them hard enough after 10 minutes or so to attach the jute string.


Any type of fat that will solidify once cooled will work in place of the coconut oil. Bacon grease, lard, chicken fat, and pork fat give you a few ideas for saving your own from cooking.

If you’d like to make a suet cake that doesn’t melt, you can use clear gelatin. Substitute the coconut oil for a packet of gelatin mixed with 2 TBS cold water and 1/3 cup boiling water.


Feel free to add additional foods into the mix. Peanut butter, peanuts, dried fruits, dehydrated berries, crushed eggshells, or oatmeal.


All the oils I listed above will melt when they get warm (Coconut at 76 degrees), so storing the cakes in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to hang them outside is best.

Great Project for Kids

With parental supervision melting the oils, this is a fun project for kids. From start to finish, they can hang their newly created suet cakes within an hour.

One last thing, it will take the birds a few days to find the suet cakes so, be patient. Once they do, enjoy watching them disappear!