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Do people still make 'friendship cake'?

 
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I've just recently remembered it. It's quite possibly got a different name elsewhere, but it's a yeasty cake 'bug' that was big over here in the 80s, but I haven't seen it for ages.
I remember it multiplying furiously and it ended up being like zucchini: everyone dropping off batches of bug on each others porches and scarpering!
We ate a lot of cake, since my mother is rather sentimenal about alive things and felt guilty getting rid of excess.
 
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Yes, it still exists! Google "Herman the German friendship cake" and you'll find a fab website about it.
 
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Yup! and around here we love it. I am impatiently waiting for the right day to make it.

Also, you can use the starter/ "herman" to make some bread or pancakes.

 
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I used to make the fruit version of the Friendship Cake.'

Initial Starter
Step 1 - Set aside a 1-gallon jar. Purchase all of the ingredients, including canned pineapple, canned peaches, sugar, and maraschino cherries. Add brandy and nuts as optional items. Include the canned juice when mixing in the fruit.
Step 2 - Mix 1 cup cubed pineapple, 1 cup sugar and 2 tbsp. brandy (optional). Pour the mixture into the 1-gallon jar. Stir every day for two weeks.
Step 3 - Combine 1 cup maraschino cherries, 1 cup sugar and 2 tbsp. brandy (optional). Add to the gallon-jar mixture and stir daily for two weeks.
Step 4 - Mix 1 cup canned peaches, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tbsp. (optional). Add to the gallon jar. Stir daily for two more weeks.
Step 5 - Drain the liquid into a separate bowl. Do not refrigerate it. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for five friendship starters. Use the remainder for another purpose, such as a topping for ice cream.

Making Five Friendship Starters
Step 6 -
Prepare the mixture for the five starters by combining the reserved liquid, 2 1/2 cups sugar and 28 ounces of canned sliced peaches. Pour into the 1-gallon jar and loosely cover it with a paper towel. Do not use the lid or refrigerate it. Stir the mixture daily for 10 days.
Step 7 - Mix 2 1/2 cups of sugar and one 16-ounce can of crushed pineapple. Add to the 1-gallon jar. Stir daily for 10 days.
Step 8 - Add 2 1/2 cups of sugar and one 16-ounce can of fruit cocktail. Mix in one 10-ounce jar of maraschino cherries. Stir every day for 10 days.
Step 9 - Drain the juice and divide the mixture equally into five starters, measuring two cups each. Give each starter away, including the directions to make five starters and the Friendship Cake recipe. Reiterate not to refrigerate the mixture.

Friendship Cake
Step 10 - Divide the leftover fruit mixture into two equal parts. Mix together two cake mixes, two small boxes of instant pudding, 3/4 cup of oil, and eight eggs. Fold in the fruit.
Step 11 - Add two cups of nuts if desired. Fold in optional ingredients such as chocolate chips or coconut. Pour the mixture into two greased pans.
Step 12 - Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool and enjoy.
 
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Is this coincidence? Telepathy maybe? Just a few days ago we* talked about this 'Herman', how it was a nice way to reach out to friends and acquaintances, to get them interested in 'doing new things', or 'thinking differently'. Thank you for the recipe!
*We are a small local group, talking on subjects like (social) permaculture, sharing the abundance, etc. and we want to grow (in numbers) to start doing more to 'make a change' in this small town.
 
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My wife's maternal family is from rural south carolina. They had a family tradition/ Family recipe for this which ultimately became the Claxton fruit cake, a nationwide commercial success which helped to popularize the fruit cake to a broader audience.
 
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Family cake recipe...

12 lbs very dark molasses sugar
12 lbs Flour
36 lbs seeded raisins
24 lbs Currants
12 lbs sliced citron
10 dozen eggs
2 1/2 quarts molasses
3 bottles sherry wine
3 bottles brandy
6 ounces grated nutmeg
6 ounces cloves
6 ounces of cinnamon
6 ounces of mace
12 teaspoons baking soda
One 12th of this baked slowly in a four quart pan makes a delicious cake
 
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We always called it Friendship Bread.
I use to make it all the time. Especially around the winter holidays.
It got me to thinking of other things I use to  make.
Does anyone remember Apple stack cake?
It has a bunch of thin layers with cooked apples or spiced applesauce in between.
Was one of my favorites cakes growing up.
Mom would make them in the fall when the apples came in.
Now I am wanting one....may have to go make a cake ;-)
 
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Leila Rich wrote:
I remember it multiplying furiously and it ended up being like zucchini: everyone dropping off batches of bug on each others porches and scarpering!



Sounds like if you're not careful, it could be a "losing friends" cake!! The proverbial white elephant...
 
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