Herman the Friendly Cake

Herman Friendship Cake

Have you ever heard of a Herman friendship Cake before? No? I hadn’t either but a couple of weeks ago a friend gave me a tub of doughy mixture that I was to talk to, stir and nuture for ten days before passing on to four friends and cooking the remains. So instead of chain letter, think chain cake. Sharing is caring and what a lovely gift to give away. Do you want to know more? Then read on…

A Herman friendship cake is something that money cannot buy,  but you can give it away. Heman is alive . He grows slowly because of the yeast process. It also takes ten days before you can eat him. A Herman friendship cake shouldn’t be put in the fridge and also requires a lid or to be covered by a tea towel. He grows at room temperature.

I did a little googling and came up with the starter recipe for Herman so if you fancy starting your own little chain then you can.

A Herman Friendship Cake Starter Recipe

Herman the Friendly Cake Starter Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 460g flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 230g sugar
  • 90ml warm water
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle 1tbsp of sugar over the warm water
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the sugar and water and leave in a warm place for about 10 minutes to double in size.
  3. Mix the milk, remaining sugar, flour and the yeast mixture in a large bowl, stir using a wooden spoon.
  4. Cover loosely.
  5. Place in a warm place and stir every day.
  6. Then:
  7. Day 1 Today Herman is given to you. Congratulations you have a friend. Pour him into a bowl as he will continue to grow.
  8. Day 2 Stir Herman 2-3 times a day with a wooden spoon
  9. Day 3 Stir Herman, talk to him!
  10. Day 4 Herman is hungry. Feed him 200mls milk, 200g caster sugar and 250g sifted self-raising flour
  11. Day 5 Stir Herman
  12. Day 6 Stir Herman
  13. Day 7 Stir Herman
  14. Day 8 Stir Herman, don’t forget to talk to him
  15. Day 9 Feed Herman as for day 4. Then split into 5 little Hermans and give 4 away with these instructions
  16. Day 10 Feed your remaining Herman with 150g Self raising flour, 3 beaten eggs, 150g caster sugar, 2 tbsp cinnamon powder, 100g chopped nuts or dried fruit, 2 finely chopped apples, 100ml of oil.
  17. Cook Herman in a lined 7″ cake tin for about an hour at 180ºC.
  18. Personalise your Herman Friendship cake with the following for example,
  19. On day 10 I changed the recipe slightly, I added to the original Herman: 150g self raising flour, 3 beaten eggs, 150g caster sugar,100ml rapeseed oil, 2 large grated carrots, 100g dessicated coconut, 50g chopped walnuts and a tsp of vanilla extract. It cooked in about 1hr 10 minutes and then once cooled I decorated with glace icing. you really can be inventive with this part.

The following is the instructions that you give each of your four recipients of the cake mixture but first you need to go through the process before parting with the little Hermans.

Herman Friendship Cake Instructions

  • Day 1 Today Herman is given to you. Congratulations you have a friend. Pour him into a bowl as he will continue to grow.
  • Day 2 Stir Herman 2-3 times a day with a wooden spoon
  • Day 3 Stir Herman, talk to him!
  • Day 4 Herman is hungry. Feed him 200mls milk, 200g caster sugar and 250g sifted self-raising flour
  • Day 5 Stir Herman
  • Day 6 Stir Herman
  • Day 7 Stir Herman
  • Day 8 Stir Herman, don’t forget to talk to him
  • Day 9 Feed Herman as for day 4. Then split into 5 little Hermans and give 4 away with these instructions
  • Day 10 Feed your remaining Herman with 150g Self raising flour, 3 beaten eggs, 150g caster sugar, 2 tbsp cinnamon powder, 100g chopped nuts or dried fruit, 2 finely chopped apples, 100ml of oil.

Cook Herman in a lined 7″ cake tin for about an hour at 180ºC . Then eat!

On day 10 I changed the recipe slightly, I added to the original Herman: 150g self raising flour, 3 beaten eggs, 150g caster sugar,100ml rapeseed oil, 2 large grated carrots, 100g dessicated coconut, 50g chopped walnuts and a tsp of vanilla extract. It cooked in about 1hr 10 minutes and then once cooled I decorated with glace icing. you really can be inventive with this part.

Let me know if you decide to do this and how you get on.

12 Comments

  1. Hi it says to cook herman for about an hour, but what temp is that at please, thank you.

    Reply
    • Hi
      Sorry I forgot to put that in. 180 ºC . I hope that helps! :)

      Reply
      • thank you x

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  2. And how did Herman taste?

    Reply
    • Actually I was expecting it to be heavy and stoggy but it wasn’t and was delicious. :D

      Reply
  3. No way! That’s mad. I love the thought of that. Your photos just always make me envious of your kitchen ware ;)

    Reply
    • Hehe, it’s a sweet thing to do isn’t it. :)

      Reply
  4. Wow, that looks really yummy! Save me a slice.

    Reply
    • Ooops, sorry. All gone. :)

      Reply
  5. I remember doing something like a long while ago – although ours didn’t have a name like Herman. I think we just called it a “starter.” If I recall it was really good! Yours, of course, is gorgeous – as is all your sweets.

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  6. Wow, quite a high maintenance cake, but I love the concept of a ‘chain cake.’

    Reply
    • I know but was worth it. :)

      Reply

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