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Herman The German Friendship Cake

Hello, my name is Herman.

I am a sourdough cake. I’m supposed to sit on your worktop for 10 days without a lid on. You CANNOT put me in the fridge or I will die. If I stop bubbling, I am dead.

Day1: Put me in a large mixing bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel.

Day 2: Stir well

Day 3: Stir well

Day 4: Herman is hungry. Add 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar and milk. Stir well. Day 5: Stir well

Day 6: Stir well

Day 7: Stir well

Day 8: Stir well

Day 9: Add the same as day 4 and stir well. Divide into 3 equal portions and give away 2 to friends with a copy of these instructions. Keep one portion.

Day 10: Now you are ready to make the cake. Stir well and add the following:

  • 1 cup of sugar (225g)
  • 2 cups plain flour (300g)
  • half tsp. (teaspoon) salt
  • 2/3 (two thirds) cup of cooking oil (160ml)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 cooking apples cut into chunks
  • 1 cup sultanas (200g)
  • 2 heaped tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 heaped tsp. baking powder


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter

Mix everything together and put into a large greased baking tin. Sprinkle with a quarter of a cup of brown sugar and a quarter of a cup of melted butter. Bake for 45 minutes at 170‐ 180C. Test the middle with a clean knife; you may need to cover in tin foil and bake for a further 20 minutes to make sure your Herman is cooked properly in the middle.

When baked, Herman can be frozen.

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