Herman Friendship Cake
August 1, 2011
Bear with me on this recipe, I think it’s lovely but some people have thought it strange!
This cake comes from a recipe called Herman the German.
Basically you get given a little starter of yeasty cake mix, which you then look after, feed and grow it for 10 days by feeding the yeast.
You then split it into four, bake one part into a cake then give the other three parts away to friends who carry on the cycle.
It gives really tasty, moist cake and you can add whatever you want at the end.
If you want to start the cake…
1 packet Dry Yeast
2 cups lukewarm Water
2 cups Flour
In a glass or plastic container, dissolve yeast in warm water then add flour and beat till smooth. Cover and let stand at room temperature 48 hours. This makes two cups of the starter.
Use one cup of Herman and give the other cup to a friend, that’s two Herman cakes out in the world!
Below are the exact instructions I was given by my colleague Liz who passed Herman to me…
“Hello, my name is Herman. I’m a sourdough cake, if I have come to live with you it’s because one of you friends believes that you will keep me alive and then introduce me to more friends. I’m supposed to be kept on a worktop for 10 days without a lid on…
You can’t put me in the fridge (or I will die). If I stop bubbling, I am dead…. Follow the instructions in how to keep me alive below; it’s been a pleasure meeting you”
Day 1: Herman has come to live with you, first of all pour him into a large mixing bowl, cover loosely with a tea towel.
Day 2: Stir well
Day 3: Same as yesterday (easy huh?)
Day 4: Herman will be very hungry!! Add 1 cup of plain flour, sugar and milk and then stir well.
Day 5-8: Stir well
Day 9: Hungry again, add the same as Day 4 and stir well…
… Then divide the mixture into 4 equal amounts and give 3 away to your friends (only trustworthy ones please) with a copy of these instructions. Herman no. 4 will stay with you.
Day 10: Herman’s hungry again… Stir well and add the following:
1 cup of sugar
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup of cooking oil
2 cooking apples (in chunks)
1 cup of raisins (optional)
½ cup of walnuts (optional)
(other optional ingredients pineapple, cherries, chopped chocolate etc)
Method: Mix everything together & put into a large greased roasting tin.
Sprinkle with ¼ cup of melted butter and ¼ cup of brown sugar.
Bake for 45 minutes at 170-180 (gas mark 5).
When cold cut into finger shaped pieces. Freezes well and is delicious warm with cream and custard… enjoy!!
I added to mine almond essence, ground almonds, flaked almonds, white chocolate chunks and raspberries. Delicious!
Give it a go, start one with your friends and see how far it spreads!