Amish Friendship Cake

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amish-friendship-cakeWhen I was a child, we often got Amish Friendship Cake batter as a “gift”.  I put that word in quotes because some people don’t find friendship cake batter to be much of a gift. In fact, some people consider Amish Friendship cake batter to be the cake version of a chain letter. Read on and you’ll see why.

The batter takes about 10 days to make.  Almost every day, you need to stir the batter or add ingredients.  At the end of the 10 days, you reserve a portion of the batter to pass along to friends(this is why the chain letter comparison is applicable).  You use the rest of the batter to bake Friendship Cake.

I always enjoyed making the batter and baking Friendship Cake, and now my children enjoy helping me.  Shortly before we moved out of Amish country, I asked a neighbor to share her starter batter recipe with me. I never needed to ask for the starter recipe because there was always batter for the asking.  I’m glad I did get the recipe before we moved, because it seems that no one down here in the south has heard of Amish Friendship Cake.

To make the starter, you’ll need:

1 cup of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of milk

Mix these ingredients in a bowl and cover.  This counts as Day 1.

Day 2: Stir the mix and cover

Day 3: Stir the mix and cover again

Day 4: Let the batter rest.

Day 5: Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk.  Stir.

Day 6: Let the batter rest.

Day 7: Stir the batter.

Day 8: Stir the batter.

Day 9: Stir one last time.

Day 10:  Add 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of milk. Stir well.

Take out 3 cups of starter batter.  Put 1 cup each into 3 small containers.  Give 1 container to 3 friends with a set of these instructions.  Your friends should start with Day 2 instructions.  If you want to save the starter for yourself, or if you can’t find any willing friends to take your starter batter, you can freeze some of the starter. It does freeze well.

Add the following to YOUR portion of batter(one cup will be left):

2/3 cup of oil

3 eggs

2 cup of flour

1 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

If desired, you can add  1/2 cup each nuts and/or raisins before baking or a box of vanilla pudding. 

Stir well. Bake in a floured and greased laof pan at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Comments

Rosemary Steele says:

Loved your comments. I got some starter about a month ago and it was like having a pet – you massage it each day, feed it on day five, massage it some more then you feed it again an day 10 and it reproduces!

Do you know of a way to bake it in a 13X9 pan?

I haven’t heard of “official” directions for baking it in a 13 x 9 pan, but I’d give it a go anyway.

Try baking the cake for around 30 minutes at 350 degrees. If it’s not done by that time, I’d continue to check regularly every few minutes until it is done.

Let us know how the cake turns out!

KIM says:

Hi,
I just baked my bread and wanted to share how I altered the recipe.
I made 2 batches.
Apple–I used 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the cinnamon and diced up/added 2 med apples after mixing–yummy!
Banana–1/4 c white sugar, 1/2 c brown sugar. 1/2 tsp cinnamon. And for a crunchy top I mixed 2 tbs soft butter with brown sugar till crumbly and sprinkled this on the top. We love it!

Now I’m looking for a wheat version (like a sandwich bread) with no extra sugar…any ideas or recipes?

Thanks for this site/blog 🙂

Thanks for sharing your success! It sounds yummy and in fact, I’m tempted to get a starter batter going.

I haven’t heard of a wheat version though. I wonder if you tried a sourdough(which is basically what the starter is-sourdough) wheat bread recipe? I’ll check around to see what I can find and I’ll let you know.

violet says:

so dissipointed my starter for friendship cake was moldy when i went to stir it today any suggestions.

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