When 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
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.