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Herman the German…

This all began when I received a text message from my mom saying:

Baba, I just posted you something you could perhaps write about on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ p.s. Don’t kill him!!!”ย ย  [insert confused face!]

She gave me a few clues as to what on Earth this could’veย been: She said that his name is Herman, he didn’t smell nice, but tasted delicious and has travelled all over the world… Riiiight. Confused as a chameleon on a Smarties box, I proceeded to asking my mom if she was on crack?! The answer was of course a NO, but no one can blame me for asking any way ๐Ÿ™‚

Hermanย arrivedย in his littleย box with a set of instructions that had to be followed for 10 days.ย This was the first time I had ever heard of this Herman, butย we gave him a chance and we took him in to our loving kitchen. My mom was right about his smell though… not so great. The instructions I received were quite clear:

You cannot put me in the fridge or I will die. If I stop bubbling, I am dead.”

Huh?? What a responsibility I had ahead of me!! This was no doubt going to be a challenge…

“Herman the German” friendship cake is a sourdough cake recipe which is several decades old. Obviously the mix isn’t decadesย old, but you get the general ย idea of the whole thing! It passes through circles of friends, family and maybe even strangers-ย similar to a chain letter. My portion of Herman arrived and Iย was reassured that he was not “dead”ย as he was still bubbling. Phew!! As instructed, I put him into a large mixing bowl and covered him with a tea towel.

So, we survived Day 1.ย Highย five to me!!ย On Day 2 and 3, allย I had to do was stir him well. On Day 4, apparently he was hungry and craved 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar and milk. From Day 5 to 8, all he needed was mixing up and then on Day 9, he had the same hunger craving as before. Then it was time to play the “friendship” part and so I divided my Herman into two parts and gave the second half to my friend Lindsey ๐Ÿ™‚ Then Day 10 arrived and Herman was very hungry! I added the necessaryย ingredients (minus the fruit)ย and chose to add Smarties and Milo tooย ๐Ÿ™‚


I baked him for about an hour and TA-DA…. My perfect creation:

PSSSHHH!!! Yeah right… mine was more like this, well, actually…ย thisย is mine:

Hahahahaย ๐Ÿ™‚ well at least my Tom enjoyed it!!

I think…

If anyone wants the ingredients or instructions, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to send them! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxoxox