Nov 13, 2019 | Featured Web Article

How to Make Hanging Suet Cupcakes

If you have any young backyard bird watchers in your house, this DIY recipe for suet balls makes a great craft for a rainy weekend!

As the weather turns chilly and migration is underway, now is the time to start offering suet once again. If you have any young backyard bird watchers in your house, this DIY recipe for suet balls makes a great craft for a rainy weekend!

What You'll Need

  • Suet
  • Any combination of the following mix-ins:
    • Birdseed blend
    • Raisins or other dried fruit
    • Unsalted nuts
    • Bits of hard cheese
    • Uncooked rolled oats
    • Fresh berries or other fruit
  • Clean, empty, single-serve yogurt cups
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Note that you will need a ratio of one part suet and two parts mix-ins.

Place the suet in a pot over low heat on your stovetop. Stir gently until the suet liquefies.

Transfer the suet to a mixing bowl. Add the mix-ins, stirring to combine thoroughly as the suet cools and hardens.

Using the scissors, cut 2 to 3 feet of yarn. Poke a small hole in the center of each yogurt cup's bottom, and then run the yarn through, leaving about 8 inches trailing from the bottom.

Use a spoon to scoop the suet mixture into the yogurt cups, packing it down firmly to ensure there are no gaps. Make sure that the yarn remains in the middle of the cups as they are being filled.

Place the filled yogurt cups in the freezer for about 2 hours to let the suet mixture fully solidify.

Remove the cups from the freezer. Gently remove each "cupcake" from the yogurt cups, carefully cutting down the edges as needed. Make sure that the yarn is not pulled out of the cakes as you remove them.

Tie several knots in the yarn at the bottom of one of the cupcakes until it forms a large ball that won't slip through its hole. Repeat for every cupcake remaining.

Your suet cupcakes are now ready to hang! Make sure you tie each cupcake securely in place. Alternatively, knot a loop in the yarn to let the cupcake hang like a holiday ornament.

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