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Herman Coffee Cake

A sourdough spiced coffee cake, also known as an Amish Friendship Cake.

Herman Coffee Cake


  • 1 cup sourdough starter 1 cup white sugar 2 cups self-rising flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 cup raisins or dates 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon honey (optional) 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons milk


1 To Make Starter: Mix 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 cups warm water, 1/4 ounce yeast in a bowl, cover and let stand over night (cover should be loose). Refrigerate and stir daily. On fifth day feed Herman one cup flour, 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar; stir and refrigerate. Stir daily until 10th day. On 10th day remove 1 cup starter and feed as on fifth day.

2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease four 8 inch pans or three 9 inch pans.

3 Mix together 1 cup starter, white sugar, self rising flour, salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, oil, eggs, raisins, 1 cup chopped nuts, honey (optional). Stir until combined. Pour into prepared pans. Top with sugar-nut topping.

4 Dot with 1/2 cup butter or margarine and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Remove cakes from oven and pour glaze over still-warm cakes.

5 To Make Sugar-Nut Topping: Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup chopped nuts.

6 To Make Glaze: Combine 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons melted margarine, 2 tablespoons milk. Use immediately to glaze cake.


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