This month’s Chirp is all about neighbours. Do you have any neighbours that are your friends? Then why not bake a friendship cake and share it with them? Here’s a yummy Friendship Cake recipe. It takes a long time to make, but it’s worth it!
Part 1: The Starter
1 (29 oz.) can peaches with juice
1/2 package dry yeast
375 ML (1 1/2 cups) sugar
Combine peaches, juice, sugar and yeast in a glass gallon jar. Loosely cover with waxed paper. Stir daily for 10 days. On the 11th day, add 1 (29 oz.) can pineapple and juice, and 625 ML (2 1/2 cups) sugar. Stir this new mixture daily for 10 more days. On the 11th day, add 1 jar maraschino cherries and juice, and 2 1/2 cups sugar. Stir daily for 10 days. On the 11th day, strain mixture. Press any remaining fruit, then discard. You will use 375 ML (1 1/2 cups) of this liquid to begin your Friendship Cake. Give the remaining starter to a friend and tell them to make a cake too, that you both can share!
Part 2: The Mixture
375 ML (1 1/2 cups) starter liquid
625 ML (2 1/2 cups) sugar
1 (29 oz.) can sliced peaches with juice
Combine starter, sugar, peaches and juice in a glass gallon jar. Stir well. Cover loosely and stir daily for 10 days. On the 11th day, add 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks with juice and 2 1/2 cups sugar. Stir daily for 10 days. On the 11th day, add 1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, drained, 1 (29 oz.) can fruit cocktail with juice, and 2 1/2 cups sugar. Stir daily for 10 more days. On the 11th day, measure 375 ML (1 1/2 cups) starter for yourself. Give 375 ML (1 1/2 cups) of starter to two friends and tell them to make the cake, too.
Part 3: The Cake
1 yellow cake mix (without pudding in the mix)
1 box INSTANT vanilla or pineapple pudding
150ML (2/3 cup) oil
250 ML (1 cup) pecans
375 ML (1 1/2 cup) fruit mix (starter plus fermented fruit mixture)
Preheat oven to 350 F . Using an electric mixer combine cake mix, pudding, eggs and oil. Beat according to package directions. Gently fold in pecans and fruit mix. Bake in greased Bundt or angel food cake pan 45 to 55 minutes. Share with friends in your neighbourhood!
If you are allergic to any of these ingredients or would like to try a healthier version, there are lots of other Friendship Cake recipes online.
Jackie, Chirp Editor