Herman, German friendship cake

About ten days ago, Caroline came home with a flask with a liquid in it  – given as a present by her mum… this is the instruction that came with it…

Hermann on its way home...

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 firdge or I shall die. If I stop bubbling, I’m Dead….

Day 1: You get Herman and put in a large 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 (125g), Sugar (225g), Milk (240ml) and stir well.

Day 5: Stir well

Day 6: Stir well

Day 7: Stir well

Hermann waiting

Day 8: Stir well

Day 9: Herman is hungry again! Add the same as day 4 and stir well, then divide Herman into 4 equal portions and give three away to friends with a copy of these instructions, keep the 4th portion for day 10.

Day 10: Herman is very hungry now, stir him well and add the following:

  • 1 cup of sugar (225g)
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of plain flour (250g)
  • 2/3 of a cup of cooking oil (170g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • 1 cup of raisins (200g)
  • 2 cooking apples cut into chunks
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder



  • Mix everything together and put into a large greased baking tin
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • Bake for 45-60 mins at 170 – 180C
  • When cold cut into finger sized pieces

The Cake freezes well and is delicious warm with cream, sour cream or ice cream – serves especially well on Royal Copenhagen plates and eaten with silver cake forks that my sister had as you can see in the picture above.


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