The Herman Cake is a friendship or ‘chain cake’. Just like the letters you had as child except this time you end up with a scrumptious cake instead of random letters! Once you’ve looked after and nurtured your Herman cake for nine days you split the mixture into 5 ‘baby Hermans’. You then give away four of the babies to your friends and use the fifth one as the base for your cake, simple! Although it may seem like a hassle to spend ten days making a cake, it will certainly be worth it.
To make your very own Herman cake you will need:
90ml warm water
2 tbsp active dry yeast
Start by sprinkling 1 tbsp of sugar over the warm water, then sprinkle the yeast on this.
Leave the mixture in a warm place for about 10 minutes so that it doubes in size.
Mix all the other ingredients and the yeast mixture together in a large bowl and stir together.
Cover the bowl loosely with a tea towel and place in a warm place.
Follow the instructions below to finish your Herman cake. These are also the instructions that you need to give away with your four baby Hermans.
Day 1 – Pour him into a bowl as he will continue to grow. (make sure to use a large bowl as Herman will expand quite a lot!)
Day 2 – Stir Herman 3 times throughout the day, with a wooden spoon.
Day 3 – Stir.
Day 4 – Feed him 200mls milk, 200g caster sugar and 250g sifted self-raising flour.
Day 5 – Stir.
Day 6 – Stir.
Day 7 – Stir.
Day 8 – Stir Herman (don’t forget to talk to him).
Day 9 – Feed Herman as you did on day 4. Then split into 5 little Hermans and give 4 away with these instructions.
Day 10 – Feed your remaining Herman baby with the following ingredients:
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.
*There are numerous variations to this cake, chocolate, ginger, etc so feel free to add things other than apple, sultanas and cinnamon. There are loads of recipes for other variations, so have a check online for other options.