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Title: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 01, 2012, 04:32:43 pm
I was recently given Herman the German Friendship Cake starter.I had great fun with Herman and the end result was a beautiful cake plus passing starters onto three friends who also enjoyed Herman's company :D

To Make Your Own Herman the German Friendship Cake Starter
INGREDIENTS
1 pkg active dry yeast(7g)
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup warm milk
METHOD
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water for about ten minutes. Stir well.
2. Add flour and sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
For the next ten days, handle starter according to the instructions for Herman the German Friendship Cake.
German Friendship Cake: Introducing Herman
Hello. My name is Herman, I'm a sourdough cake, I'm supposed to be on the worktop for ten days without the lid on.
You cannot put me in the fridge or I will die!
If I stop bubbling I am dead. :o
Day 1 Put Herman in a large bowl capable of holding 2 litres. Stir him and loosely cover with clingfilm.( I just covered mine with a tea towel)
Day 2 Stir well.
Day 3 Stir well.
Day 4 Herman is hungry! Add the following ingredients, stir well and cover again:
110g plain flour, 220g sugar, 250ml milk.
Day 5 Stir well.
Day 6 Stir well.
Day 7 Stir well.
Day 8 Stir well.
Day 9 Herman is hungry again. Add the same ingredients as Day 4. Divide into four equal portions and give three away to friends, along with a copy of these instructions. Keep one of these portions if you want to make a new cake.
Herman No 4 stays with you and is ready to be baked the next day.
Day 10 Herman is very hungry indeed! Stir well and add the following ingredients:
220g sugar, 220g plain flour, 2 eggs, 2 heaped tsp cinnamon, 2 heaped tsp baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 175ml oil (sunflower or olive), 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks, 140g raisins/sultanas (optional), 70g walnuts (optional).
Mix all the ingredients into Herman and put into a large greased roasting dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with 50g of butter.
Bake at 180C/gas mark 4. Check after 35 minutes — he may need 45 minutes.
A friend hates dried fruit so used a combination of 2 pears chopped with 140g of chocolate chips and 70g pecans,it was delicious
Any combination of fruits and nuts will work
Cranberry/ white chocolate/pecans
Apple/Date/walnuts
Let your imagination run wild!!!
This cake freezes well ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Lellyj on April 01, 2012, 04:42:39 pm
Oh wow, CC!  I remember my mum having a friendship cake starter bubbling away in the kitchen years ago when we lived in the US.  That would be 31 years ago to be precise.  I can't remember what happened to it, but we did keep it going for a long time.  Will have to renew the tradition, I think. Thanks!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cuilidh on April 01, 2012, 09:14:38 pm
That looks like fun, CC.  Any chance of a photo?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 01, 2012, 09:58:27 pm
 i have no friends  :( . i guess i could bake all 4 and  freeze them  ;D.

Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cuilidh on April 01, 2012, 10:10:06 pm
You've got heaps of friends, Uni ... but don't let that stop you from baking and freezing all four 'Hermans'.
Title: Re: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: hools003 on April 02, 2012, 12:14:08 am
Omg CC, I remember when we lived in England, my mum making a Herman cake! I can clearly remember the dilemma mum had when we went away on holidays, what to do with the starter. The secret was to make sure you had plenty of friends doing it so that you could get some back off them. I'm almost positive that we used to keep it in the fridge though. I'll have to check with mum.
I'm going to try this and see if it brings back memories.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 02, 2012, 12:34:40 am
CC, what a wonderful posting - I read it with a smile on my face whilst thinking what clear, explicit instructions were given with the recipe.  I've never heard of this before and like Marina, would love to see a photo and also know the size of the roasting dish you use. It must make one big cake if it is the size of mine.

Uni, you have lots of friends here - you could share yours with relatives or make them all for the restaurant. If it makes you feel any better, I can't think of too many of my friends that I could pass the starter onto as only a couple of them bake their own goodies and the rest would rather accept a piece of cake than have to do the feeding & cooking themselves. 

I'm sure this recipe will be tried by some of our forum members so I look forward to your photos.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 04:09:09 am
Uni :(
I will be your friend :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 02, 2012, 04:18:02 am
thanks ladies , i really dont have many friends that like cooking, actually have no friends that like cooking  ;D


Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: jeninwa on April 02, 2012, 04:53:23 am
I had a friendship cake years ago that I made think it was an Amish friendship cake, I would be hard pressed to give any starters away these days, none of my friends bake, they would be happy if I made them all a cake.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 02, 2012, 05:10:37 am
I remember Mum had a friendship cake going many many years ago. Well over 45 years I'd say. It was very popular until everyone in the town had starters and you couldn't give them away any more.
I might give this a go. Thanks CC.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 05:17:01 am
So can you keep Herman going? Or would you need to start a new Herman batch from day 1 again?
I could give one to my mum, sister and um,um,um,um I have no idea as most of my friends don't cook either. Maybe the MIL.
But would I have to plan it so I would be seeing these people on day 9 so for them to be able to make the cake on day 10?

I would love to make a Herman friendship cake once I know the answered to my questions. Sounds really interesting.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 02, 2012, 06:28:30 am
I think your Mum etc would treat Herman as day 1 for them dede. You could keep the 4th lot for yourself and then make another Herman in 9 days time.
CC says in step 3 of the method to treat that as day 1 or the day you receive the starter.
I hope I haven't confused you too much. :P
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 06:36:41 am
I think I understand. But if I can make the cake the following day from dividing the mixture into 4, wouldn't that mean that so could the other 3 people?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 02, 2012, 06:51:25 am
i get it now, you give it away in step 3 in the method,is the right  Cornish Cream ?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Frozzie on April 02, 2012, 08:14:09 am
i have no friends  :( . i guess i could bake all 4 and  freeze them  ;D.

Yes you do we are here 😃😃😃😃

We had a similar frienship cake but in france it was joe.. Well in my circles lol... Think i still have some of him in th freezer.. After a while i got sick of making him so he ended up full time in the freezer 😊

I never had the starter recipe though just the feeding and cake instructions!!  Thanks for the recipe cc 😊
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 02, 2012, 08:17:28 am
Sorry girls cake is all gone but I will measure my tin for you.
I think I understand. But if I can make the cake the following day from dividing the mixture into 4, wouldn't that mean that so could the other 3 people?
I suppose technically they could Dede but they would miss the fun of feeding Herman and passing on his "genes" :D
You don't have to make a starter each time just keep the 4th starter going for yourself.
You could make all four of the cakes yourself.It's sad that no one seems to bake these days.
i get it now, you give it away in step 3 in the method,is the right  Cornish Cream ?
You give away the starters on day 9 Uni.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 08:57:29 am
But if I continue the starter in step 9 then I dont get a cake :( lol.
Or do I give away 2, continue 1 and cook the other?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 02, 2012, 09:37:01 am
Yes. (hope my understanding is correct)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: achookwoman on April 02, 2012, 10:21:58 am
Thanks CC.  What fun. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 02, 2012, 10:44:30 am
i will have to read this again when i am off the meds  ;D

Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 11:00:16 am
;D lol fundj
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 02, 2012, 11:05:34 am
Did you go to the hospital on Sunday Uni?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: trudy on April 02, 2012, 01:21:05 pm
This brings back memories CC.  Years ago I was given a starter but after awhile got sick of making it.  When I get from holidays I think I will give it another go.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 02, 2012, 06:00:45 pm
Action speak louder than words, so I thought I would start a Herman the German Friendship Cake so the people confused with the method could see what I do everyday and hopefully the end result.
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/b903050c.png)
I mixed up the Herman starter as instructions.He's now in a bowl under a tea towel resting in my kitchen.This is counted as day One.
Sleep well Herman and you better start bubbling away or I will be left with egg on my face :D :D :D
Just measured my roasting tin it's 25cm x 30 cm ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: achookwoman on April 02, 2012, 07:22:08 pm
Good ideaCC.  Think I will follow you. 
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 02, 2012, 07:54:02 pm
Pictures work best for me thanks CC

No i didn’t JD, i went for a 2nd opinion yesterday which is the 1st time i have done that (2nd opinion )
I just knew it was not a chest infection (2 much pain). i am having a scan today to rule out a lung clot fingers crossed its all clear. 
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 09:08:19 pm
Oh CC your a gem. I'm going to watch with Interest.
Or very own step by step instructions.
:)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: goldfish on April 02, 2012, 10:00:51 pm
Uni - I've been thinking about you - always best to follow your gut instincts - good for you!! Keeping all fingers (and everything else!) crossed for you.  Let's just hope it's a case of "Bali belly" - once removed a little higher kind of thing!!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 02, 2012, 10:07:54 pm
Gee Uni I do hope you are all better soon. Been too long being sick
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 03, 2012, 02:02:49 am
Good luck uni, fingers crossed all will be fine  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 03, 2012, 06:28:50 am
Uni I do hope everything is ok. :-*

CC I'm with you too.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 03, 2012, 11:25:50 am
Day 2.
He's alive!!!! :D :D :D :D (in a deep throaty evil laugh)
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/f83baf5c.png)

Herman you're not bubbling as much as I thought you would but at least you've got a pulse  :P I've got a lot of friends watching your progress so get cracking  ;D
Good night Herman see you tomorrow ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 03, 2012, 11:28:30 am
After that little talking to CC, Herman is bound to do the right thing by you.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 03, 2012, 11:33:26 am
After that little talking to CC, Herman is bound to do the right thing by you.  :D
He better do his thing JD or it's bye bye Herman,hello Herman mark two :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Shazzy on April 03, 2012, 11:43:08 am
Love this cc - thanks it will be fun to watch. I have never heard of this before - the things you learn on this amazing forum!

Uni hope things went well.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 03, 2012, 01:01:59 pm
Good night Herman. Yes we are all watching you from all over the world so the pressure is on ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: achookwoman on April 04, 2012, 07:57:54 am
CC,  have you got him in a warm spot ?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 04, 2012, 08:59:54 am
CC,  have you got him in a warm spot ?
He's getting five star treatment and getting moved around so he isn't cold Chookie :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 04, 2012, 12:01:52 pm
Day Three
I gave Herman all your best wishes from his "Aunties in Australia" and he rewarded me with this :o
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/16d696c7.png)
Keep up the good work Herman and if you're good you will get fed tomorrow. :D
Goodnight Herman ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 04, 2012, 12:29:06 pm
That is looking good CC - what does it smell like  ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 04, 2012, 12:44:14 pm
That is looking good CC - what does it smell like  ;D
He just smells very "yeasty", like bread dough rising JD. ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: faffa_70 on April 04, 2012, 01:26:37 pm
Lol Denise I am loving this thread ... pity I am the only baker around here too.

I am sure I could pass some (baked cakes!!!!) off to some friends though  ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: CreamPuff63 on April 04, 2012, 02:50:37 pm

thanks ladies , i really dont have many friends that like cooking, actually have no friends that like cooking  ;D


thats one reason why you would be so popular with them  ;) (who doesn't like cooking???)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 05, 2012, 10:59:42 am
Day Four
For being such a good boy Herman you will get a feed of 110g of plain flour,220g sugar and 250g milk :P.I will even warm the milk Herman so you don't get a chill :D
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/ae0f6225.png)
Goodnight Herman. :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 05, 2012, 12:46:02 pm
Herman is looking pretty good. Night night Hermy :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 05, 2012, 01:04:16 pm
He does seem to be co-operating.  CC what do the rest of the family think of you talking to a batch of flour and water  ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 05, 2012, 01:22:05 pm
He does seem to be co-operating.  CC what do the rest of the family think of you talking to a batch of flour and water  ;D
DH did ask "who's Herman" when I asked him to start taking photos for me,he was a bit surprised that it was just cake batter but the family know I'm a bit mad anyway :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 06, 2012, 10:42:46 am
Day Five.
Herman love his feed and is bubbling away nicely. ;D
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/8897e935.png)
Goodnight Herman. :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 06, 2012, 10:50:22 am
a good night kiss from me too  :-* , CC 
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 06, 2012, 10:55:00 am
He sure is looking happy CC  ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 07, 2012, 07:07:28 am
Herman you are truly amazing. Ji hope you give CC a lovely cake when the time comes. I meant to start my Herman the same day but didn't. I must get going.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 10:20:54 am
Day Six
Herman you look the same as yesterday. :)
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/3b7c2c6f.png)
Goodnight Herman :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: JulieO on April 07, 2012, 11:43:00 am
Loving watching your day by day photos Cornish.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 06:56:22 pm
I've only just read this thread. How amazing. I haven't heard of a friendship cake - such a lovely idea.
I'm going to start my Herman right now.
Fundj hope all is OK with you and you have some answers A.S.A.P.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 07:23:38 pm
I've only just read this thread. How amazing. I haven't heard of a friendship cake - such a lovely idea.
I'm going to start my Herman right now.
Fundj hope all is OK with you and you have some answers A.S.A.P.
Have fun Michele. ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 07:49:06 pm
Well I've started. It doesn't look quite the same as yours CC. I have about 700mls of mixture.
And it's OK to leave it out on the bench with the milk added. The weather is still quite warm here.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 08:01:36 pm
I know I'm getting ahead of myself a bit here. The three batches I give away to friends and they go through the 9 days of feeding - won't they have double the mixture at the end? Will it then have to be divided into eight portions?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 08:11:43 pm
It looks like my first picture Michele.Just cover your Herman lightly with cling film or a lid and leave it on your kitchen worktop.You need warmth for your Herman starter to get working.My Herman is sitting in a warm place  ;D
The starters you give away to friends that then go through nine days of feeding will be only be divided by four.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 07, 2012, 08:13:55 pm
mcmich i doing much better now i think  :-))

i thought the same , but  you give away the starter at day 9
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 07, 2012, 08:14:51 pm
CC did i get that wrong agian  :-))
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 08:18:59 pm
That's right Uni you give away part of the starter on day nine.
Can you see the photo of Herman day five and six? Seem to have lot it on my screen ???
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 08:22:56 pm
I can see day 6 photo. Glad you're doing OK Fundj.
Will just follow the instructions from now on and not over think it. Probably shouldn't start these things at 4am on Easter morning.
Have a happy and blessed Easter.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 07, 2012, 08:23:10 pm
did u mean, lost it on my screen
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 08:26:29 pm
did u mean, lost it on my screen
I can see photos day one,two,three,four but not five and six.What photos can you see Uni.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 07, 2012, 08:27:49 pm
i can see day 1 2 3 4 5 6
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 08:29:17 pm
Thanks Uni :-* :-* Must be something wrong here :-\
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 08:31:06 pm
I can see all photos for all the days too. Thanks so much for posting day by day photos CC.
Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 07, 2012, 08:42:20 pm
I logged off and back on and can see the photos again ;D
Thanks girls,lovely to have you here,but at 4 am shouldn't you be sleeping :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 07, 2012, 08:51:45 pm
i know i would love to be sleeping  :(. i hate getting up so early, the day never ends
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Frozzie on April 07, 2012, 09:36:41 pm
Wow with easter sunday you girls are goung to be knackered at the end of it up so early like that lol
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 09:46:49 pm
Oooh Frozzie. Of all nights I couldn't sleep - it had to be Easter.
I'm about to put some hot cross buns in the oven and make dip and cheese twists.
Hopefully will get a second wind when the family arrives.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Frozzie on April 07, 2012, 09:54:11 pm
Will be thinking of you and hope you getbyour second wind when needed... We are off to bed in the land of frogs 😊😊
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 07, 2012, 10:06:29 pm
Night night - don't let the bed bugs bite.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 07, 2012, 10:10:00 pm
buona notte kim
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Frozzie on April 07, 2012, 10:10:26 pm
Night... Have a lovely day 😊
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 08, 2012, 10:50:37 am
Day Seven
Well Herman I think you are really bubbly this morning even though the photographer(DH) can't see any difference.
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/6c8b6811.png)
Keep up the good work,
Goodnight Herman :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 08, 2012, 11:06:11 am
I can see a difference CC, he is doing well. Not long to go now.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 08, 2012, 11:21:25 am
I can see a difference CC, he is doing well. Not long to go now.
Herman smells different today as well JD,he's got a "sour" fragrance about him.
DH can't believe this posting has had 800+ hits :o :o
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 08, 2012, 11:24:47 am
There's probably a lot about this forum our DH's can believe CC  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 08, 2012, 11:28:38 am
There's probably a lot about this forum our DH's can believe CC  :D
So true JD :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 08, 2012, 11:54:34 am
I love it CC. I have to check Herman here every morning.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: goldfish on April 08, 2012, 12:03:11 pm
Totally amazing thread!!!  CC - thanks so much for all the work you and your DH're putting into this . . . it's fantastic to watch Herman's progress! :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Lellyj on April 08, 2012, 12:39:09 pm
Thankyou CC, Herman and CC's DH!! I am following Herman's progress with baited breath!!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on April 08, 2012, 03:52:33 pm
I remember making one of these years ago. The actual cake in the end wasn't very nice, but this one looks to be a different recipe.
I'll start tomorrow.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 09, 2012, 05:14:03 am
I agree re the old recipe that was round for ages MJ. I've decided I'm taking this one to Monkey Mia once I make it. After a while up there with no cake the morning tea gatherers will eat anything. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on April 09, 2012, 05:20:26 am
When are you off cookie? I'd love to go up north in winter, but that's our busy time. Once seeding looks like starting, I won't see muhc of DH until September!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 09, 2012, 04:13:16 pm
Day Eight
Herman you are doing great and we love your bubbles.
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/1e53078d.png)
Goodnight Herman :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: nonomix on April 09, 2012, 08:15:33 pm
Wow, I just picked up that thread. I had heard about bread starters but not cakes. I can't wait to see it after it's baked (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/excited.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 09, 2012, 10:23:52 pm
Herman is looking so good. Not long now Hermy :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on April 10, 2012, 04:23:30 am
I have a Herman going as well. Started last night. I just stirred him and he's looking good. ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 10, 2012, 06:09:14 am
We're going a bit later this year MJ. From the middle of May to the middle of June. The old car needs his annual check up on May 8th.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 10, 2012, 06:46:15 am
It's only day three for my Herman. The weather has come over all wintery and Herman isn't doing anything. Am about to move him to a warmer spot. I'm so excited. It's like a foodie chain letter.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 10, 2012, 06:51:29 am
Lol I like that. Foodie chain letter.

A much better idea than those real chain letter things (I can't stand them)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 10, 2012, 07:26:22 am
Exactly dede. This is such a lovely idea - give three mixes away to friends who give three more away each.
The recipient is getting a cake out of it and wonderful sentiment.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 10, 2012, 10:58:46 am
Day Nine.
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/d701702b.png)
Herman was hungry so I fed him the same feed as Day Four.
110g four
220g sugar
250g milk (again I spoiled Herman and warmed his milk)
After his feeding I divided Herman into four equal parts
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/a47cb8d7.png)
Each Herman Starter is approx 430g
The three Herman starters(here in the plastic containers) can be given away with these printed instructions.

Herman the German Friendship Cake.
German Friendship Cake: Introducing Herman
Hello. My name is Herman, I'm a sourdough cake, I'm supposed to be on the worktop for ten days without the lid on.
You cannot put me in the fridge or I will die!
If I stop bubbling I am dead.
Day 1 Put Herman in a large bowl capable of holding 2 litres. Stir him and loosely cover with clingfilm.( I just covered mine with a tea towel)
Day 2 Stir well.
Day 3 Stir well.
Day 4 Herman is hungry! Add the following ingredients, stir well and cover again:
110g plain flour, 220g sugar, 250ml milk.
Day 5 Stir well.
Day 6 Stir well.
Day 7 Stir well.
Day 8 Stir well.
Day 9 Herman is hungry again. Add the same ingredients as Day 4. Divide into four equal portions and give three away to friends, along with a copy of these instructions. Keep one of these portions if you want to make a new cake.
Herman No 4 stays with you and is ready to be baked the next day.
Day 10 Herman is very hungry indeed! Stir well and add the following ingredients:
220g sugar, 220g plain flour, 2 eggs, 2 heaped tsp cinnamon, 2 heaped tsp baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 175ml oil (sunflower or olive), 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks, 140g raisins/sultanas (optional), 70g walnuts (optional).
Mix all the ingredients into Herman and put into a large greased roasting dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with 50g of butter.
Bake at 180C/gas mark 4. Check after 35 minutes — he may need 45 minutes.

The fourth Herman is mine (in the bowl) (You can keep one of the starters if you want to start all over again)
See you tomorrow Herman for Baking Day.
Good night Herman. :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 10, 2012, 11:04:08 am
Yay, baking day already - can't wait for tomorrow's photo and review CC.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 10, 2012, 11:13:46 am
Yay, baking day already - can't wait for tomorrow's photo and review CC.
Such a shame that forum members live so far away as I could have given enthusiastic cooks my starters JD. ;D Well all but Gert as I know she only cooks the Chocolate Guinness Cake  :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 10, 2012, 11:15:04 am
 ;D ;D  I'm sure she would have tried this one though CC.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: nonomix on April 10, 2012, 01:08:21 pm
Thank you so much for all the explanations CornishCream. Now it makes sense how Herman is supposed to go on as day 1 when you give it to your friends. It will probably get stronger in flavour as the starter is passed to friends as they are already starting with a fermented portion of dough. I'm probably as clear as mud...
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 10, 2012, 01:15:45 pm
Thank you so much for all the explanations CornishCream. Now it makes sense how Herman is supposed to go on as day 1 when you give it to your friends. It will probably get stronger in flavour as the starter is passed to friends as they are already starting with a fermented portion of dough. I'm probably as clear as mud...
Your very welcome nonomix.The starter given to me when I first made the cake had been around a long time,so I know what you meant ;)
See how the cake looks and tastes tomorrow :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 10, 2012, 01:17:50 pm
Looking forward to finding out what the cake turns out like CC after all your effort. There could be a lot of Herman's all around the world from this one post :)
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Post by: Cuilidh on April 10, 2012, 09:52:24 pm
I've been enjoying this thread, checking it out each morning to see how Herman has progressed - I'll miss him when he's gone.  Thanks for keeping us up to date on your Herman, CC
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 10, 2012, 11:54:26 pm
Today's the big day for Herman. Can't wait to see him all dressed up :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 11, 2012, 02:02:29 am
Yes me too, the excitement is growing and the pressure is on CC  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 10:45:01 am
Day Ten
Herman has just been popped into the oven and this was his picture before he went.Smile Herman ;D
I used 2 chopped apples,70g walnuts and 140g chocolate chips plus the other necessary ingredients for the recipe.
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/16913c56.png)
Bye bye Herman. :-*
I'll be back with the Cooked Herman photo later ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 11, 2012, 11:00:01 am
looking good CC  ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 11:02:18 am
So keen to get Herman's picture on the forum forgot to set the timer :o :o :o :o :o This is going to be very interesting :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 11, 2012, 11:06:02 am
well its been in the oven more than 20min
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Post by: meganjane on April 11, 2012, 11:07:15 am
Waiting.....(http://www.thedishforum.com/smilies/sleepy-bored/yawn.gif)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 11, 2012, 12:10:01 pm
How long do we have to wait? I'm very impatient ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 12:42:10 pm
All's well 8)
The cooked Herman ;D
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/003322c7.png)
Thank you Herman you have been fun :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 12:44:28 pm
Sorry friends I have been doing other things,didn't realize you were waiting for Herman. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 11, 2012, 12:44:51 pm
Looks great CC but DH's job is not finished yet.  Can he please take one more picture when you cut into it?  Bet he is glad that little exercise is over and please pass on our appreciation for his help.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: nonomix on April 11, 2012, 12:53:56 pm
My, Herman looks yum (http://smileyshack.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/seating_fork_100-105.gif?w=29&h=17)
Would love to have a taste!!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 01:23:08 pm
The Cut Herman :)
It makes a big cake,plenty for your friends when you go to Monkey Mia Cookie ;) :D
(http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/Cornish_cream/4ee31e60.png)
I will freeze one half and let DH and DS eat there way through the other :D
I have so much fun with Herman and everyone following his progress.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: nonomix on April 11, 2012, 01:25:09 pm
One last thing CornishCream, taste-wise, what is it like (I know you're not eating it but it would be interesting to get some feedback on the difference of taste compared to a traditional cake...)?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 11, 2012, 01:32:00 pm
I wish you could share it with all of us CC, it looks so tasty.  Oh well, maybe I will have to make 1, or 2, or 3 or 4 - can't think of anyone to give the starter to that would be prepared to follow it through to the end.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: jkmt on April 11, 2012, 01:42:10 pm
Oh girls, I have just tuned into this thread and read the lot in one go. Thanks CC for your day by day photography. I hope the taste of Herman was worth the build up!

I made an Amish friendship cake a year or so ago. It was extremely yummy, and received high praise from the friends I shared the finished product with. However, they all thought I was totally mad to spend 10 days letting a cake brew.  You have re-inspired me - I must give it another go.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 11, 2012, 01:58:30 pm
Excellent, he's all done. Looks fantastic CC. I bet he smells good too ;D
Thank you so much for the detailed process.
Now we understand clearly what needs to be done. I'm going to start my own Herman. The only thing I'm concerned about is it pretty cold here in Tassie at the moment. Might wait a couple more weeks when we have the fire going all the time and the house is nice an warm all day.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 04:42:46 pm
One last thing CornishCream, taste-wise, what is it like (I know you're not eating it but it would be interesting to get some feedback on the difference of taste compared to a traditional cake...)?
I will have a taste tonight and report back ;)
I wish you could share it with all of us CC, it looks so tasty.  Oh well, maybe I will have to make 1, or 2, or 3 or 4 - can't think of anyone to give the starter to that would be prepared to follow it through to the end.
I wish I could as well JD :-*
If you do make it, maybe GS can take the starters into the office for the girls,how could they refuse his gorgeous face :D :D
Excellent, he's all done. Looks fantastic CC. I bet he smells good too ;D
Thank you so much for the detailed process.
Now we understand clearly what needs to be done. I'm going to start my own Herman. The only thing I'm concerned about is it pretty cold here in Tassie at the moment. Might wait a couple more weeks when we have the fire going all the time and the house is nice an warm all day.
Thanks Dede.We have the central heating going at the moment so Herman was kept warm ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 08:56:42 pm
Had a small piece tonight. ;D It's beautifully moist and has a very open texture..The downside is that's it very sweet.Maybe it's because I added chocolate chips rather than dried fruit :-\
DH said it had very interesting flavours and textures,he also added that the sugar sprinkled on the top gave it a caramel flavour.
DS really enjoyed it but didn't realize there was walnuts in it :-))
Thank you friends for all your comments and encouragement whilst making Herman,I'm so glad you enjoyed the journey with me.Hopefully some of you will be inspired to make a Herman to share with your friends.
I just love this forum ;D
CC  :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cuilidh on April 11, 2012, 09:07:52 pm
This is a great thread, CC.  Are you keeping part of Herman to carry on the next generation, or are you "Herman'ed" out?

Thanks for seeing it through to the end for us - such good fun watching him change and grow day by day.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 11, 2012, 09:08:58 pm
it was a great journey CC, please thank your DH for me,ok give him a hug 2  :-))
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 11, 2012, 09:20:41 pm
This is a great thread, CC.  Are you keeping part of Herman to carry on the next generation, or are you "Herman'ed" out?

Thanks for seeing it through to the end for us - such good fun watching him change and grow day by day.
I'm "Herman'ed out" Marina :D :D :D Found new homes for the three Herman starters, so his genes live on ;D
it was a great journey CC, please thank your DH for me,ok give him a hug 2  :-))
I will do Uni. ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 11, 2012, 10:52:33 pm
Thankyou CC, it has been a fun 10 days. The spirirt of Herman has touched us all here at the forum without having been given a starter portion. My Herman is only up to day 5 and I can't wait to give away starters to three friends and bake a cake.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on April 12, 2012, 02:23:57 am
(http://dl5.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1282/1282655l276ntcm3r.gif) (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

Once again, your caring personality shines through CC - it was a great effort and a nice journey you took us on.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Frozzie on April 12, 2012, 06:34:22 am
Thx cc its been fun following 😊
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 12, 2012, 07:06:30 am
Thanks CC and DH. :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Certainly lots to share with the hungry hordes at Monkey Mia.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: achookwoman on April 13, 2012, 11:15:48 am
Thanks CC, missed the middle part of the process as we had the GC to stay.  Would like to have a go. Think I must first decide who I can give the 'babies' to.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on April 13, 2012, 02:40:00 pm
 :o  Nearly forgot about Herman until I checked the posts here!! I went off to Albany yesterday, fed him before I left, but forgot to stir him today.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Lellyj on April 14, 2012, 12:02:55 am
Thank you for sharing your journey with Herman with us CC!!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: faffa_70 on April 14, 2012, 02:18:13 am
:o  Nearly forgot about Herman until I checked the posts here!! I went off to Albany yesterday, fed him before I left, but forgot to stir him today.  :D


Neglected child!  :o :o :o

Thanks CC and your DH for this thread - my DH and I have really enjoyed reading it each day. I'm going to try this too, I think probably later in the year when I have more people around as I think I will be baking all 4 cakes and passing the cakes on lol
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 14, 2012, 08:07:21 am
I think I have a fatality. No bubbles - just flat.
I'm trying some life saving measures, Herman is sitting on a warm water bottle.
I hope day 7 isn't his last.   :( :( :(
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 14, 2012, 08:09:54 am
 :( poor Herman have u been talking  to him ,telling him how good looking he is, have you ?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 14, 2012, 08:11:05 am
Oh no. Poor Herman. I hope he recovers :(
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 14, 2012, 08:43:58 am
Fundj, I spoke to him encouragingly when I tucked him in with the water bottle.
His pulse is still very weak.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 14, 2012, 08:50:49 am
I think I have a fatality. No bubbles - just flat.
I'm trying some life saving measures, Herman is sitting on a warm water bottle.
I hope day 7 isn't his last.   :( :( :(
Oh no how awful for you after all that TLC.Hopefully he will be revived. :)

Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 14, 2012, 09:31:43 am
Do hope Herman is ok Michele.
My Herman is only on day 2 and he grew ever so much last night.
At the moment I plan to make several cakes from him, but DD informed me today that some of her work mates would love baby Hermans, so I'll have to see. Most of my friends don't make cake, they are too good.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on April 14, 2012, 09:58:08 am
My Herman is doing very well at Day 5. He hasn't looked particularly alive and thriving until today. Lots of bubbles when I went to stir him! He must have enjoyed his tucker yesterday...
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 16, 2012, 07:48:23 am
I'm glad your Hermans are A&W, Megan and Cookie.
Unfortunately my Herman didn't make it. I was hoping to take the cooked cake and the starters into work tomorrow.
We celebrate all the April birthdays for the month on one day. Never mind. Looks like it's flourless chocolate cake.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on April 16, 2012, 08:17:49 am
thats sad news mcmich, r u going to try again
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 16, 2012, 08:46:21 am
Michele I'm sorry to hear that Herman didn't make it :'( I do you you will try Herman again sometime. :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Katiej on April 16, 2012, 09:30:10 am
I'm sorry your Herman didn't grow up and become a cake. I hope Herman II is a great success!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 17, 2012, 07:43:10 am
Am definately going to try again CC. Will have to keep him in a warmer place next time.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on April 17, 2012, 07:47:38 am
That's why I'm going to wait till the fire is going full time and the house is nice and warm before I start a Herman.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on April 17, 2012, 10:18:47 am
My Herman will be cooked up tomorrow. His offspring, sons of Herman, will be delivered to Council with Herman as arvo tea!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on April 17, 2012, 10:26:30 pm
What are you going to put in your Herman Megan?
Would love to see a photo when he's cooked.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on April 24, 2012, 09:19:57 am
Heerman cake is lovely. So much so that I have baked 3 Hermans and not given any away. Just perfect in the freezer for when we are away. I added more sultanas to the second lot and a few craisins. No sugar on the top either, and I cooked it in a 23cm square tin. I haven't taken a photo but will do so.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on April 24, 2012, 12:44:45 pm
Heerman cake is lovely. So much so that I have baked 3 Hermans and not given any away. Just perfect in the freezer for when we are away. I added more sultanas to the second lot and a few craisins. No sugar on the top either, and I cooked it in a 23cm square tin. I haven't taken a photo but will do so.
I'm so pleased that Herman has worked for you Cookie. ;D It is a very moist cake and didn't take long to disappear in my house.
I recently spoke to a friend who had one of Herman's offspring and she used cherries soaked in Kirsch to add to her cake.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on May 07, 2012, 10:41:03 am
Cherries soaked in kirsch sounds delicious!  Forgot to take a photo of Herman, but I have his grandson back in my kitchen!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 07, 2012, 10:46:53 am
Cherries soaked in kirsch sounds delicious!  Forgot to take a photo of Herman, but I have his grandson back in my kitchen!
Did your friends enjoy making Herman MJ?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Nik2WIN on May 15, 2012, 07:15:40 pm
I have a Herman going in my kitchen.  I started him a few weeks ago but am careful not to share him all out at once so that I keep a bit for me and to give out another time.  We've deviated somewhat from the cake recipe and have now converted it to chocolate with cocoa powder, chocolate chips and sometimes a banana.  I confess that I'm not exact with ingredients and weights since he seems to be such a forgiving cake.

I like to make several on a Friday - the boys use it as "breakfast" cake on the weekends so I don't have to get up quite so early ;)

Nik xx
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 16, 2012, 05:55:33 pm
Yay another Herman success. ;D
Title: Re: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on May 19, 2012, 04:42:02 am
Herman actually has his own website..... http://www.hermanthegermanfriendshipcake.com/ . My starter is now bubbling away quite happily.  Herman is snuggled next to my dehydtrator keeping nice and warm.  If there is anyone in Brisbane who would like a son of Herman in five days please let me know.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 19, 2012, 07:23:17 am
Blimey stacelee I never knew that,it's amazing what you find on the web.Good luck with Herman ;) :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on May 19, 2012, 02:53:03 pm
Herman and all his brothers and sisters were baked for up here and he is very popular at morning tea. Everyone likes him CC.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 19, 2012, 07:10:40 pm
Herman and all his brothers and sisters were baked for up here and he is very popular at morning tea. Everyone likes him CC.
That's good news Cookie ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on May 21, 2012, 01:59:13 am
Another website that might give inspiration for uses of Herman....http://www.friendshipbreadkitchen.com/recipe-box . Lots of recipes using Amish Friendship Bread starter (which is basically what Herman is I think).  Only five more days till BAKE day here.  I'm going to have to find a nicer container to keep Herman in....he's in a bright green Tupperware container and neither he or I think it is very nice.  I have a Temuka crock that I found at Lifeline the other day that I think he might be happier in...just need to measure to see if he will fit....it would be nice to have a practical use for it (I collect temuka but we use it as well)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on May 25, 2012, 02:11:00 am
I baked my first herman a day early yesterday and gee is he yummy.  Half has already disappeared and the other half apparently will not last the day.  Herman also became a loaf of bread....which according to my son is very very good.  I did take photos but they are currently on my iPad.  Luckily I haven't given any of Herman away again because I NEED to make a chocolate Herman tomorrow for the eldest brat.  The youngest hasn't put her order in yet but managed to eat two enormous slices for breakfast so I'm sure it is coming.  I might try cutting the sugar down a little next time as it is VERY sweet.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 25, 2012, 07:42:42 am
I agree stacelee Herman is very sweet. :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on June 03, 2012, 11:31:05 am
Herman is not as sweet any more.  He has gone on a sugar free diet and is now enjoying regular feedings of just milk and flour.  Touch wood he is enjoying this greatly and is contributing to pikelets, bread and most recently a chocolate cake.  Tomorrow he will help out with some banana chic chip muffins.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 03, 2012, 11:33:08 am
Yay! a slimmer Herman :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 11:39:00 am
I have been meaning to try my own Herman since I first read this thread a month ago! But has been getting very cold here and I am worried Herman might not like the cold :(
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on June 03, 2012, 11:58:55 am
Amy this would be a great cake for the stall  ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 12:13:36 pm
Amy this would be a great cake for the stall  ;D

I was thinking the same thing Uni... :D :D
I will have to practice with Herman first though. I have never made a cake like this.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 04, 2012, 02:15:39 pm
I have been meaning to try my own Herman since I first read this thread a month ago! But has been getting very cold here and I am worried Herman might not like the cold :(
If you do try Herman Amy you will have to keep him warm. ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Amy :-) on June 05, 2012, 12:45:34 am
If he had an actual body I could buy him woolly boots and a beanie :D
But since he has more of a "free-form" body shape, maybe I could just try wrapping a couple of tea towels around the dish I put him in? Do you think that would keep him warm enough CC?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on June 05, 2012, 01:06:59 am
Touch wood, Herman seems pretty forgiving.  I have Herman sitting in a tupperware lettuce container in the corner of my kitchen bench.  He is surviving pretty well.  I have noticed that he is more active on days when I have the dehydrator running next to him, but that is the only external heat he is getting.  I do live in Queensland so we don't get very low temperatures although we have had a few very cold days lately by my standards :).

Herman did very well yesterday in my banana choc chip muffins and as a reward got an extra feeding yesterday....actually he got it because I want to make bread today with him and I'm running out!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 05, 2012, 01:32:47 pm
If he had an actual body I could buy him woolly boots and a beanie :D
But since he has more of a "free-form" body shape, maybe I could just try wrapping a couple of tea towels around the dish I put him in? Do you think that would keep him warm enough CC?
If you house is cold Amy you may need to keep Herman wrapped up but if you are lucky enough like stacelee to have the climate for Herman to sit on the bench do that.We have central heating with radiators,so my Herman was kept near one. :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Amy :-) on June 05, 2012, 01:53:07 pm
We are having renovations done at the moment so there are a few holes in walls where cold air (and spiders!) get in :( It is a cold house anyway though, apparently something to do with the fact that it faces south. I don't know how that works, but thats what I was told :-))
So I think Herman would need to be wrapped up. At least until the holes in the walls are patched up anyway ;)

Is central heating an English thing? ??? I have heard people talk about it on English TV shows. We just have a reverse-cycle air conditioner, but we don't have it on all the time.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 05, 2012, 08:20:19 pm
Is central heating an English thing? ??? I have heard people talk about it on English TV shows. We just have a reverse-cycle air conditioner, but we don't have it on all the time.
Most people who live in the UK have central heating in the house Amy.Bloody freezing in winter without it :D :D We probably run our heating system about eight months of the year. :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Amy :-) on June 06, 2012, 12:37:23 am
Bloody freezing in winter without it :D :D We probably run our heating system about eight months of the year. :)

I have heard rumours that it gets a bit chilly over there.... :-))
 :o Eight months?! Doesn't that get expensive?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on June 06, 2012, 02:05:57 am
How cold is it at the moment...my son is about to head over there (London, York, Dublin and Cardiff) and I know I am going to have an argument with him to get warm clothes into his bag.....almost 17 year olds who have never been to England know soooooooo much more than their mother who has been there!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 06, 2012, 11:02:51 am
Bloody freezing in winter without it :D :D We probably run our heating system about eight months of the year. :)

I have heard rumours that it gets a bit chilly over there.... :-))
 :o Eight months?! Doesn't that get expensive?
Heating bills are probably one of our highest expenditure we have Amy.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 06, 2012, 11:08:40 am
How cold is it at the moment...my son is about to head over there (London, York, Dublin and Cardiff) and I know I am going to have an argument with him to get warm clothes into his bag.....almost 17 year olds who have never been to England know soooooooo much more than their mother who has been there!
Had a quick look on the long range weather forecast stacelee and it's going to be cool for him.Not much above 20c :P Unfortunately I sympathize with you,you can't tell teenagers anything :-)) He's going to feel the cold :D :D :D Just stuff that jumper in his bag when he's not looking ;) ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on June 08, 2012, 11:50:08 am
I started Herman in our little town in April. He is still going and I'm getting one back this Saturday!! How's that?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 08, 2012, 12:48:29 pm
I started Herman in our little town in April. He is still going and I'm getting one back this Saturday!! How's that?
That's great news MJ ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Droverjess on June 08, 2012, 10:34:50 pm
I failed Herman.
He came to stay last year and got going well, but in the end composted him instead of baking because we were moving house.

Has anyone else failed Herman?

What are Herman pancakes? They sound better actually.

DH is going to start a ginger beer plant soon.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on June 08, 2012, 10:52:00 pm
Herman is still going strong around here but he is definately on a sugar free diet.  My family found the cakes too sweet so he has morphed into a starter made on flour and milk.  I use him in everything from bread to pancakes to muffins to cakes.  By trial and error I have worked out that I can replace 125ml liquid and 75g flour (give or take) with 1 cup of Herman.  My normal pikelet/pancake mixture pre herman was


Pikelets
Ingredients:
   * 1 cup sr flour
   * 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of flour
   * pinch salt
   * 2 tbs sugar
   * 1 egg
   * 3/4 cup milk
   * 1 tsp vinegar
   * 2 tsp softened butter (or 2 tsp olive oil)

Directions:Combine flour, bicarb, salt and sugar in a food processor (or TM or just a bowl with a whisk). Add the egg, milk, vinegar and butter, blend until smooth.  Drop tablespoons of batter into hot butter and cook on both sides until well browned. Served warm with butter and jam.

Herman:
Can substitute 1 cup (250g approx) of sourdough starter for 1/2 cup milk and 75g flour (1/2 cup).
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Amy :-) on June 09, 2012, 12:27:40 am
That sounds great stacelee!! I'm going to try it as soon as I get my Herman going :D :D

Thank you! :-*
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 09, 2012, 12:49:43 pm
Herman is still going strong around here but he is definately on a sugar free diet.  My family found the cakes too sweet so he has morphed into a starter made on flour and milk.  I use him in everything from bread to pancakes to muffins to cakes.  By trial and error I have worked out that I can replace 125ml liquid and 75g flour (give or take) with 1 cup of Herman.  My normal pikelet/pancake mixture pre herman was


Pikelets
Ingredients:
   * 1 cup sr flour
   * 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of flour
   * pinch salt
   * 2 tbs sugar
   * 1 egg
   * 3/4 cup milk
   * 1 tsp vinegar
   * 2 tsp softened butter (or 2 tsp olive oil)

Directions:Combine flour, bicarb, salt and sugar in a food processor (or TM or just a bowl with a whisk). Add the egg, milk, vinegar and butter, blend until smooth.  Drop tablespoons of batter into hot butter and cook on both sides until well browned. Served warm with butter and jam.

Herman:
Can substitute 1 cup (250g approx) of sourdough starter for 1/2 cup milk and 75g flour (1/2 cup).

You pancakes looked fabulous stacelee on the "what have you been cooking today" thread.Did they last long :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: meganjane on June 09, 2012, 12:57:39 pm
That sounds great stacelee.

We also found the cake too sweet and I cut out the added sugar in the last 'feed', but people were saying it wasn't working, so I added it back it. I'd like to revise the amount of sugar added to half.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: stacelee on June 16, 2012, 09:18:57 am
Herman is still dieting and seems to be happy.  I might be getting away with the no sugar because we really don't get that cold here.  I'm also feeding him every three or so days depending on how much I am using him.  The pancakes definately do not last long in this house with everyone from the kids, the husband to the chickens and dogs eating them.  The dogs get them because they are spoilt rotten (I actually buy Marie biscuits just for the dogs and "my" budgie), the chickens get the leftovers (they are spoilt too, and don't actually think they are chickens, I think they think they are dogs).
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on July 07, 2012, 04:28:50 pm
Herman has been returned to my home  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: fundj&e on July 07, 2012, 07:00:49 pm
welcome home HERMAN
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: dede on July 07, 2012, 08:25:45 pm
Wow, where has Herman been? :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 17, 2014, 07:29:39 am
Well, I have started another Herman today - surely I can't kill him in 30 degree heat - the temp does drop overnight.
Hoping it all goes well this time as day nine - sharing day falls on 26th January - Australia Day - YEAH. I can give the starter out at the BBQ.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Kimmyh on January 17, 2014, 08:47:26 am
Great idea Michele. Good luck with Herman.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 17, 2014, 09:26:31 am
Not so hopeful  :(  The bowl is cool and no bubbling happening. Have wrapped Herman in a towel and will see what he looks like tomorrow.  ???
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cuilidh on January 17, 2014, 07:55:14 pm
I had forgotten all about Herman.  Good luck with him.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 18, 2014, 05:20:26 am
Herman is Alive and well  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on January 18, 2014, 07:24:07 am
Oh that's good news Michele.I look forward to his progress ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Kimmyh on January 18, 2014, 08:57:38 am
Yippee. Grow Herman grow 😀
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Post by: Itsnotartitsdinner on January 18, 2014, 10:03:23 am
Sounds interesting!
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: faffa_70 on January 18, 2014, 01:39:32 pm
maybe Herman needs to cuddle up to a heat bag  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 19, 2014, 08:48:35 am
Day 3 and still going strong  :D Love this warm weather.
Actually, it's only day two - I counted the start day.

All well and good though.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on January 19, 2014, 09:25:36 am
Yay!!! Good work Herman. ;D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 19, 2014, 09:36:20 am
Do you reckon it would make a difference if I fast forward 1 day? I want to give out the starters on Australia Day.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on January 19, 2014, 09:40:56 am
I would think as long as Herman is fed and kept warm in the right conditions he should be fine to bring him forward one day Michele ;)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 19, 2014, 10:01:13 am
Thanx CC - will make tomorrow day 4 and feed him  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 19, 2014, 09:32:11 pm
Have gone mad  :-)) Day nine will end up being on Australia Day - so day 3 it is.   :-[
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on January 19, 2014, 11:18:42 pm
You were better planned than you thought Michele, what a great idea to give Herman out when you have a houseful of visitors.  I hope you have enough to go around.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 20, 2014, 02:39:03 am
I've completely lost the plot. I need medicating.  :-))

I went back to CC's photorial and day 1 is the day you mix the yeast, warm water and flour. So today is day 4 and Australia Day will be day 10.  ???

No matter I will work it out get up early and bake a cake to divide up for folk that can't commit to Herman.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 20, 2014, 05:12:12 am
Herman is doing so well - a very proud mama here.  :D He's been fed and as CC did I warmed his milk so as he won't catch a chill. I only put half the amount of sugar in as everyone has commented what a sweetie Herman is.

As I will be going a day over now - well that's my calculation for today anyway - hopefully the pills will kick in soon and the dementia will be kept at bay - I'm going to feed Herman again on day 7 but only half the amounts of flour and milk and a quarter of the sugar as Herman is obviously sweet enough.  :D
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on January 20, 2014, 01:09:38 pm
There will be little Hermans everywhere soon.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 26, 2014, 08:32:01 pm
Here' Herman or what's left of him. Forum won't let me post a photo of the entire cake.
It's a lovely moist cake - everyone enjoyed it. It was hard to give the starter away though. Could only give one away.
So I have 2 left which I will combine into one and start again.

Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on January 26, 2014, 08:44:04 pm
Nice that Herman came through for you Michele :D :D the cake looks delicious. 8). Any colleagues at work who would like a Herman Starter?
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 26, 2014, 10:38:20 pm
I no longer have to worry about the starter - ANTS!! - millions of them  >:(
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on January 27, 2014, 06:53:28 am
Oh no Michele :o
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: mcmich on January 27, 2014, 07:46:57 am
Don't know what happened there  ???  At least we got to enjoy a cake - it was loads of fun and I will do it again.
Maybe DS whom also thought it was fun and took a starter will give one back to me.  :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on January 27, 2014, 11:48:42 am
How annoying Mich. obviously the ants love Herman cake.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Gertbysea on January 27, 2014, 12:29:33 pm
So happy this thread is still going . Lots of fun.

Gert
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Katiej on January 27, 2014, 08:30:19 pm
Pity about the ants Mich.
Herman sounds like a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Shaun on January 12, 2017, 09:25:13 pm
Just saw this forum and thought I would bump up this topic...People often ask how long does Herman last...My wife has just past the 5yr mark,using the mix to bake a cake every 3 weeks. How long can he be left? We go to India for 3 weeks every year and he sits on table till we get home, good stir and we are back on track. You name it my wife has tried it..pear apple cherry strawberry marshmellow.... the list is endless. :)
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: judydawn on January 12, 2017, 10:58:05 pm
That speaks well for this recipe Shaun, you must love cake in your house.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: Cornish Cream on January 13, 2017, 09:33:14 am
Great news that you have success with the recipe Shaun.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: cookie1 on January 13, 2017, 11:31:10 am
Gosh that is a long time to keep him happy. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Herman the German Friendship Cake
Post by: achookwoman on January 14, 2017, 02:29:57 am
Love this recipe, but as I am the only one who eats cake here, I am sure that I would eat the lot.
I have tried to tell myself that as it isSD it would be good food. But the wild yeast which develops needs the sugar and flour,  Wondering if the sugar could be reduced?