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German Friendship Cake "Herman"
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lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

...didn't work....has collapsed in the oven I looked after him so well too!


Oh well will try again with one of the babies....

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mine did. Made a very tasty cake that survived on the worktop briefly.

jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've made two from it now - both were quite dense, certainly not the sort of cake that would collapse in the oven, but were very nice.

I did wonder if it was worth letting it sit and rise a bit before baking.

lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

whats left of it is actually very nice...it overflowed the tin and then had hysterics and sank...but the taste is lovely

jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bigger tin!

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Someone has left a pot of Herman on the doorstep.
There are no Downsizers in the area.

jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There does seem to be a bit of an epidemic of them about at the moment!

I like the idea of a viral cake

carolyn



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've managed to get hold of one, cooked it last night - it was lush. Now got to wait another 10 days before we can have another one

jamanda
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

carolyn wrote:
I've managed to get hold of one, cooked it last night - it was lush. Now got to wait another 10 days before we can have another one


Nah. I made another much sooner than that!

carolyn



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 12 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mmm very tempting

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 12 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

carolyn wrote:
I've managed to get hold of one, cooked it last night - it was lush. Now got to wait another 10 days before we can have another one


Why not just split Herman in half at an earlier stage and bake half and grow half on? Then you won't have to keep finding new homes for him lol.

carolyn



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 12 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes good idea, otherwise I can see myself becoming well and truly a 'Herman' slave with them taking over the whole kitchen

Blue Peter



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 12 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Jamanda wrote:
I've made two from it now - both were quite dense, certainly not the sort of cake that would collapse in the oven, but were very nice.

I did wonder if it was worth letting it sit and rise a bit before baking.

I've been given one with the self-same recipe. I was surprised to see baking powder in the recipe, since I had naively thought that the yeast activity in the dough would make it rise. Has anyone tried baking the cake without the baking powder?


Peter.

alison
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 12 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Never use baking powder.

If you open my doc, above there are some recipies for Herman there.

jamanda
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 12 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I made a good chocolate one the other day. I did use a big spoon full of baking powder though.

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