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The famous Herman cake - delicious!

Updated on June 18, 2013

Introduction to Herman

The Herman cake has been known for years and according to sayings is originated in the US where the Amish prepared Herman out of love for its receiver. If you receive a Herman from someone it is a sign of love, friendship and trust and if you take good care of Herman, you will have the most delicious dessert/cake that you could possibly think of. If you never received a Herman, don't worry, you can start your own!

Please note that Herman should be prepared and kept in either a glass bowl or a plastic bowl and stirred with a wooden spoon.

Starting the Herman cake

This is how you prepare Herman (if you have received a Herman, the batter, then you continue with day 2 as below).
You will need the following ingrediënts:

· 100 grams of sugar

· 250 ml of warm water

· 1 packet of yeast of about 7 grams

· 225 grams of flower

· a glass bowl

· a wooden spoon

Dissolve the sugar in half a cup of the warm water. Put the yeast in the cup and leave this for 10 minutes. Stir the rest of the water into the cup together with the flower. Mix this with the wooden spoon into a nice and smooth batter, pour it into the glass bowl and cover it up with a moist tea-towel. Let the batter rest at room temperature until the next day.


Growing the Herman cake

Day 2
Herman is hungry! Give him a cup of flower, a cup of milk and a half cup of sugar. The size of the cup is not so important as long as the measurements are the same during the whole process in the coming days. Stir Herman a bit with the wooden spoon until a smooth batter and cover it up loosely with a tea-towel.

Day 3 and 4
Herman just needs a stir to prevent the top from forming a hard layer.

Day 5
Herman is hungry again! Once more give him a cup of flower, a cup of milk and half a cup of sugar. As you can see he is growing well now.

Day 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
Herman would like to be spoiled, so you have to stir him well every day. On day 10 Herman is ready to be divided and spread his love.

The 10th day
Herman should be divided into 4 portions. Three portions should be given away to friends who should take further care of Herman, of the 4th portion you can make a delicious Herman Cake. Don’t forget to give the caring instructions and the recipe to your friends, otherwise they will not know what to do with Herman.

What can you make with Herman?


Herman Cake option 1

  • 1 portion of Herman
  • 225 grams of sugar
  • 150 ml. of olive oil
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 450 grams of flower
  • 1,5 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • teaspoon of cinnamon
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • 200 grams of nuts/raisin mix

Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl carefully with a wooden spoon. Grease in the baking form and add the batter to the baking form. Bake the cake in an oven with 175 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.


Herman cake option 2

  • 1 portion of Herman
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 150 ml. of olive oil
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 250 grams of flower
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • 200 grams of nuts/raisin mix
  • 1 apple in small pieces

Mix everything in a glass bowl carefully with a wooden spoon. Grease in the baking form and sprinkle some sugar into the cake form. Pour the batter into the form. Herman should be kept in the oven at 170 degrees for 90 minutes.

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