Herman friendship cake


A while ago, one of my friends at work presented me with a bowl of raw dough and some instructions on a piece of paper. She knew how much I love baking and was well pleased to learn, I never knew of this.

“It’s Herman, the friendship cake.” she said 😊

At first, I was a little confused because until then, I never tried making a sourdough cake, hence I had no idea how this works because you cannot bake it straight away, or put it in the fridge. But the instructions were very easy to follow and so much fun! So…


What is a Herman friendship cake?

Herman is simply what it says it is – it is a friendship cake passed from one person to another like a chain letter. You give away a mixture (and instructions) that is 10 days old and grows at room temperature.

If you have not received Herman yet, you can always make a start!

How to make a starter?

  • 250g plain flour
  • 500ml warm milk
  • 200g sugar
  • 90ml water (20-40oC or 60ml cold & 30ml hot)
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet of 7g)


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Dissolve 1tbsp of sugar in warm water, add yeast and stir. Let it sit for about 10mins.
Add sifted flour and remaining sugar, mix thoroughly.
Slowly stir in the warm milk – its temperature should not exceed more than 40oC.
You can now cover Herman starter with a tea towel and leave on your counter top till the next day when you can proceed with the following instructions:



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In my eyes, Herman is a fantastic way of making friends, meeting and getting to know new neighbors, and pass the joy! You will surely make people happy by this simple act of kindness and maybe find your future best friend or partner

Have fun and good luck!