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Amish Friendship Cake

My German grandmother always bakes apple cake made from scratch, and it's like nothing else I've ever had! The Amish also bake this traditional German apple cake recipe, but here in the U.S. it's called Amish Friendship Cake.


Here's one recipe for Amish Friendship Bread Starter/Yeast Starter.

Cooking Time1 hr


  • For Batter:
  • 2 cups yeast starter (see NOTES section below for one recipe)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For Streusel:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (try walnuts)
  • 4 small apples, peeled and sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For Batter: Combine yeast starter, oil, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix until smooth.
  3. For Streusel: Combine butter, brown sugar, white sugar, oatmeal, nuts, and cinnamon to create a coarse streusel.
  4. Pour half of batter in a well-greased 9x13-inch pan.Cover batter in pan with apple slices.
  5. Crumble half of the streusel topping over the apples. Add rest of batter and top with remaining streusel topping.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes.

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Spead the love around!!! this is a great recipe to give to your friends and to bake with, also give them the recipe to the starter along with a copy of the friendship cake, they will love you for it :-)

This recipe is great for any, and every occasion with it's wonderful flavor that I personally really appreciate, and like. In my opinion, It's Great.

Hi Everyone, Thanks for your comments, sorry about the confusion with the starter recipe, that's been added to the notes section above. There might be several versions out there, but this is the one we know works best and we have it on the site. Thanks for your interest!

Yeast Starter 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons white sugar 1 Tablespoon dry yeast 2 cups lukewarm water Mix together in a glass bowel. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place. In 2 or three days, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup sugar to the mixture. Let it stand another 2-3 days. It should now be ready to use in bread and cake recipes. Always keep at least a cup of the starter to make more and you must feed the starter the cup of flour , cup of milk, and 1/2 cup sugar every 5-6 days. This is why it may get ahead of your use of it so you give a portion to a friend. If at anytime your starter gets a orange or greenish growth on it -you must discard it and start anew.

wrong- you need to stir it every day not just let it sit for 2 or 3 days as it will get a mold on it

Hi All, There are more than one recipe for the starter, but they are all about the same. You can locate a recipe by typing Herman or Amish Freindship Bread starter into the search bar at the top of the screen. Many other recipes are available to use with the starter. Looks like alot ofadditional work, BUT you will not be sorry the results are delicious. GOOOOOOOOO Bakers!!!!!!!!!

Several years ago I used to make this Amish Friendship Cake but no longer have a starter. I got the starter from someone else at the time, which is how you usually get it, but don't know anyone now who can give it to me. How can I make a starter myself? Clara

Where do you get the recipe for the yeast starter? I know it is usually passed from person to person who gets the cake.

Where do you get the yeast starter recipe?


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