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This Amish friendship cake uses sourdough starter. If you don't have any, see instructions to make your own that you can share with friends.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
2 9-inch loaf cakes


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9-inch loaf pans.

  • Mix flour, sourdough starter, sugar, oil, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, and salt together in a bowl. Stir in chopped walnuts. Stir in baking soda and pour batter into the prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Bananas, dates, or raisins can be added for variety.

To Make Your Own Friendship Starter (enough for 8 loaves):

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon yeast in 1 ounce warm water in a non-metal bowl. Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir with a non-metal spoon until creamy. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for two days to ferment. It will become bubbly and have a sour odor. Do not place in the refrigerator.

On days 2, 3, and 4: stir.

On day 5: add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk; stir to combine.

On days 6, 7, 8, and 9: stir.

On day 10: add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk; stir to combine. Reserve 1 cup starter; pour the remaining starter, 1 cup each, into 3 containers to give away to friends if desired.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 33.9g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 25.8mg; sodium 140.6mg. Full Nutrition