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Amish Friendship Cake

Here is another great recipe which can be prepared and given as a present for the holidays. Don't confuse this cake with the Amish Friendship Bread. This yummy cake is based on a brandied fruit starter, not a conventional bread yeast-type starter.

The cake takes approximately 30 days to prepare, once you have the starter fruit juice. If not, allow another 30 days to prepare the initial "starter".

This is well worth the effort!

This cake is made with a brandied fruit mixture of peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail, cherries, and sugar. There are limitless variations (you can mix and match fruit to taste).

The fruit starter can also be used as a topping for ice cream or pound cake. Enjoy!!

Amish Friendship Cake

First, Prepare the Fruit Mixture:

1-1/2 cups Starter Juice (see Initial Starter recipe to right)
1 large can sliced peaches (with juice)
2-1/2 cups sugar

Put peaches, sugar, & starter 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 (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. (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.

Note: 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!

Now, Make the Cake:

Cake 1 yellow cake mix (without pudding in it)
2/3 cup oil
4 eggs
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.

Alternate Cake Recipe:

1 1/2 cups oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
2 cups pecans
3 cups of the fruit mixture

Combine oil and sugar and blend in the eggs. Add dry
ingredients (flour, soda) Fold in the fruit mix. Add pecans and vanilla. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake in bundt pan for about 1 hour 15 min to 1 hour 30 min. Check with knife before removing from oven. Freezes well!

Amish Friendship Cake Initial Starter

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.

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.

Related Links for More Recipes

Here are some links to similar recipes that you may enjoy:

30 Day friendship Cake

More Amish Fermented Fruit Recipes

Easy Friendship Cake (Fruit cocktail Cake)


Additional Variations:

Apricot halves, pear halves or mandarin orange sections can be used in the place of the other fruits once the starter is made and divided (shared with friends) every 10 days to 2 weeks.

The fruit mixture is delicious served over ice cream or cottage cheese or to make fruit cakes.

You may also add raisins to the cake recipe. Add 1 cup raisins (plump over hot water or in microwave with 2-4 tbsp
juice).