Amish Friendship Spirited Cake Starter (not like the bread)
The recipe comes to us from Vickie Henderson of Vancouver, Washington.
The cake takes approximately 30 days to prepare, but don't be fooled - the initial "starter" takes approximately 30 days to prepare also! Thats 60 days. And you thought you were a dedicated baker when you made Amish Friendship bread.
Vickie's cake is made with peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail, cherries, and sugar.
"This cake is very good for the holidays or as a gift. It does take 30 days but believe me it is worth it!!!"
NOTE: The starter for this cake is different than the Amish Friendship Bread starter. Since it doesn't contain milk products, it can be used as a topping for ice cream or pound cake.
(Note: this isn't a conventional bread yeast-type starter.)
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Day One through day 14
1 cup cubed pineapple (drained)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brandy
Combine in a glass gallon jar. Let set it set for two weeks. Cover loosely with aluminum foil with a wooden spoon inserted through the foil to stir daily-DO NOT REMOVE FOIL OR SPOON!
Be sure to stir daily.
Add 1 cup marachino cherries including the juice
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brandy.
Let set two more weeks, stirring daily.
On day 30
Strain the fruit from the juice using a plastic strainer. (DO NOT USE A METAL STRAINER.) The resulting "juice" is the "starter" for your Amish Friendship Cake.
First we prepare another starter from the starter above.
1-1/2 cups starter (prepared above)
1 large can sliced peaches (with juice)
2-1/2 cups sugar
Put peaches & juice in a gallon jar. Stir once a day for 10 days:
On the 10th day, add
2- 1/2 cups sugar
1 large can pineapple chunks & juice (Victoria uses a 1 lb - 4oz can).
Stir for ten days
on the 20th Day, add
2 -1/2 cups sugar
1 - 10 ounce jar Marachino cherries & juice
1 large can fruit cocktail & juice. (Victoria uses a 14-1/2 oz to 15 oz can)
Stir daily for ten days
on the 30th Day
Drain liquid from fruit. Divide the juice into 5-6 jars each containing 1-1/2 cups of juice. Give to friends and keep one for yourself. You friends can now start with the starter you have given them and make the 30-day cake directly.
Divide fruit in thirds. You can freeze 2/3 of the fruit to use later.
Note: When putting fruit or juice in jars, leave jars on the counter & DO NOT REFRIGERATE!! DO NOT PUT LID ON TIGHT, set it on top of jar - loosely! DO NOT PUT JUICE IN THE REFRIGERATOR!