Always save 1 cup of starter for your next cakes, then start with day 2 of the starter instructions instead of having to start a new starter each time. You can also give some starter to friends, or sourdough starter can be used in place of the Friendship Starter.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
2 -8 or 9 inch loaf pans
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To Make Starter: Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup of the flour, and 1 cup of the milk in a non-metal bowl and 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 refrigerator. On second day, third day, and fourth day: stir. On fifth day, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, and stir. On sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth day: stir. On tenth day add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Reserve 1 cup starter; pour remaining starter, 1 cup each, into 3 containers to give away to friends if desired. Starter is enough for 8 loaves.

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  • To Make Cakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 8 or 9 inch loaf pans.

  • Mix 1 cup of the starter, oil, baking powder, eggs, 1 cup of the sugar, 2 cups of the flour, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, vanilla, and chopped nuts. Stir in the baking soda just before pouring the batter into the prepared pans.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bananas, dates, or raisins can be added for variety.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 33.9g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 25.8mg; sodium 140.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2003
I did a variation to this recipe and added a box of chocolate pudding. It was great. A moist cake. Froze easily also. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/22/2005
Not what I remember. This recipe was very dry and that is with the addition of raisins. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2003
I did a variation to this recipe and added a box of chocolate pudding. It was great. A moist cake. Froze easily also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
Delicious in taste and so much fun to make and share! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2006
Recipe is somewhat...what I remember. Turned out good....but I was confused as to the total amount of flour for the whole recipe...cake seemed to dense Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/22/2005
Not what I remember. This recipe was very dry and that is with the addition of raisins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2003
This makes delicious bread. I got raave reviews from family and friends. My children enjoyed helping me with the recipe and learning about measurements. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
This is a fantastic cake! Aside from having to make the starter this is an easy and quick cake to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
This is hard to rate because it takes more than 1 day to complete...if you have the time and space it is a GRAT way to give to friends and it is also a great starter batter to make so many variations fo the cake....TASTE: it is WONDERFUL and if there are young childern it is fun to add the ingredients when they come home from school and gives them a feeling of being a "BAKER" with PRIDE!! I use this around the holidays.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2002
This is a fun project to pass along to friends. The cake turns out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2011
I can't tell you how many times I've made this and it's never come out bad. In my opinion it's more like a pound cake. You can add just about any of your favorite things...raisins chocolate chips and nuts are only a few suggestions. The pudding helps but I've left it out when I didn't have any. It didn't ruin it at all. And you can always freeze a cup of the "starter" for another time. I've done this before and the end result still came out fine. The fact that it makes 2 loaves you can always share one. Read More
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