Herman the German Friendship Cake

May 09

Herman the German Friendship Cake

Herman the German Friendship Cake is an edible chain-letter. Except you grow him for 10 days in-between the receiving part and passing him on to a friend. ¬†When you get Herman he arrives as a bowl of slop. You then need to care for him ¬†through exercise and feeding, so that he grows into a fully-fledged friendship cake. Then, when he’s 10 days old, you split him into 4. You keep one quarter yourself; add extra ingredients and bake him. The other three quarters you give to a friend each, who then start nurturing their own Herman.

Here’s the instructions for each day:

  1. You get Herman and put him in a large mixing bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel.
  2. Stir well
  3. Stir well
  4. Herman is hungry. Add 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar and milk. Stir well.
  5. Stir well
  6. Stir well
  7. Stir well
  8. Stir well
  9. Hungry again. Add the same as day 4 and stir well. Divide into 4 equal portions and give away to friends with a copy of these instructions. Keep the 4th one.
  10. Herman is very hungry. Stir well and add the following:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • half tsp (teaspoon) salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2/3 (two thirds) cup of cooking oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cooking apples cut into chunks
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 heaped tsp cinnamon
  • 2 heaped tsp baking powder

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