OK...now I am going to tell all in regards to making my seed cakes! I screwed up. I ran over to K-Mart of find some perfect bird seeds to make the cakes. I found something that looked pretty good. Here is the bag I bought:
The first thing I did wrong was to not take more pics for you guys!
Secondly, when I went to K-Mart I looked for plain gelatin, and all they had were flavored ones. I was talking to the lady in the garden shop about what I was doing, and I had said I was concerned about using sweetened jello due to bugs, etc. and she said, "Well, you are already going to have corn syrup in it". Well, duhhh...OK, so I decided I already had a flavored/sweetened one at home, so I would use that.
Problem #3 was that the one in my pantry was a sugar-free jello...which means it is sweetened with aspertame. It was also strawberry flavor, so it put a red hue on everything.
Now I am concerned about giving aspertame to the birds. Does anyone know if this would be terrible. I have tried Googling the answer, but haven't really found anything!
The recipe is soooo easy, I could go ahead and throw out this batch, and chalk it up to experience.
The 4th thing I did wrong was BELIEVE I had a small square clean roughly 4 x 4 inch plastic disposable container available (I always do)...and then as I was ready for it, there were none! What a dummy. The good thing was that I had plenty of time to work with the mixture before it dried too hard...at least 20 minutes I would say.
The square corelle serving dishes I used were the wrong sizes, but I took a butter knife and easily cut them into the sizes I wanted. I cut a 4 x 4 x 1.5 block for my cousins' suet feeder, and the biggest block I cut in half and put the half on top of the other half and pushed it down to make a thinker block for my feeder. Perfect. I left three chucks here to throw in with hers, or use in mine, if I decide it is OK to feed to this stuff to the birds.
To push down or manipulate the seeds while molding them, I suppose it would be good to oil up your fingers/hands to keep the seeds from sticking. I ended up using the back of a large spoon, and they did not stick to that AT ALL.
Here are my creations. Now I just have to wait two days for them to harden completely. Please let me know your thoughts on aspartame, if you know anything at all about safety in birds.