Amish Friendship Cake
Source of Recipe
Ron & Melba
The recipe comes to us from Vickie Henderson of Vancouver, Washington. The cake takes approximately 30 days to prepare, but don't be fooled . the initial "starter" takes approximately 30 days to prepare also! And you thought you were a dedicated baker when you made Amish Friendship bread. Vickie's cake is made with peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail, cherries, and sugar. Vickie says "This cake is very good for the holidays or as a gift. It does take 30 days but believe me it is worth it!!!" Since it doesn't contain milk products, it can be used as a topping for ice cream or pound cake. (Note: this isn't a conventional bread yeast-type starter.)
I used to make this cake and it is delicious. You can use different flavors of cake mix. I used to bake mine in loaf pans and send them to the kids teacher at school and sunday school Beth
THE AMISH FRIENDSHIP CAKE initial STARTER RECIPE
Day One through day 14
1 cup cubed pineapple (drained)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brandy
Combine in a glass gallon jar. Let set it set for two weeks. Cover loosely with aluminum foil with a wooden spoon inserted through the foil to stir daily. DO NOT REMOVE FOIL OR SPOON!
Be sure to stir daily.
On Day 15
Add 1 cup marachino cherries including the juice
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brandy.
Let set two more weeks, stirring daily.
On Day 30
Strain the fruit from the juice using a plastic strainer. (DO NOT USE A METAL STRAINER.) The resulting "juice" is the "starter" for your Amish Friendship Cake. AMISH FRIENDSHIP CAKE secondary STARTER First we prepare another starter from the starter above.
1-1/2 cups starter (prepared above)
1 large can sliced peaches (with juice)
2-1/2 cups sugar
Put peaches & juice in a gallon jar. Stir once a day for 10 days.
On the 10th day, add
2- 1/2 cups sugar
1 large can pineapple chunks & juice (Victoria uses a 1 lb - 4oz can).
Stir for ten days
On the 20th Day, add
2 -1/2 cups sugar
1 - 10 ounce jar Marachino cherries & juice
1 large can fruit cocktail & juice. (Victoria uses a 14-1/2 oz to 15 oz can)
Stir daily for ten days.
On the 30th Day
Drain liquid from fruit. Divide the juice into 5-6 jars each containing 1-1/2 cups of
juice. Give to friends and keep one for yourself. You friends can now start with the
starter you have given them and make the 30-day cake directly.
Divide fruit in thirds. You can freeze 2/3 of the fruit to use later.
Important Notes: When putting fruit or juice in jars, leave jars on the counter & DO NOT REFRIGERATE! DO NOT PUT LID ON TIGHT, set it on top of jar - loosely! DO NOT PUT JUICE IN THE REFRIGERATOR!
Finally - THE AMISH FRIENDSHIP CAKE
Cake 1 yellow cake mix (without pudding in it)
2/3 cup oil
1/3 of the fruit (prepared with the starter above)
1- cup nuts - chopped
1 box vanilla instant pudding.
Mix all ingredients together and bake in a greased Bundt pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.
Important Notes: Do not use a metal strainer when straining the fruit. When adding fruit and juice to the jar, leave it on the counter & DO NOT REFRIGERATE! DO NOT PUT LID ON TIGHT , set it on top loosely! DO NOT PUT JUICE IN THE REFRIGERATOR!