Thirty Day Friendship Cake Recipe -
Thirty Day Friendship Cake Recipe
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Thirty Day Friendship Cake

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"This takes 30 days to prepare the fruit for the cake but it's worth it. It's delicious. If you are lucky a 'friend' will give you 2 cups of starter along with a piece of cake so you won't have to go to all the trouble of preparing a starter. If you have the starter, begin with step 1. If you don't have the starter, follow the link to Friendship Fruit Starter. It will actually take 50 days total, if you need to make the starter."

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Original recipe makes 2 - 9x13 inch cakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    1 hr

    30 days 2 hrs


  1. Day One: In a large glass jar or bowl, combine 2 cups of the starter with 1 can of the sliced peaches and their juice (each slice chopped into 4 pieces). Add 2 1/2 cups of the white sugar and stir once every day for 10 days. When not stirring mixture, keep it covered with a paper towel, foil, or a loose lid. Let sit at room temperature. Don't refrigerate it or cover it airtight. A pan of water underneath the jar or bowl will keep the ants out.
  2. Day Ten: Add 1 can of chunk pineapple and it's juice. Cut each chunk of pineapple in half. Stir in 1/2 cup of white sugar. Stir once everyday for 10 days. The color should change, and the mixture should foam when stirred.
  3. Day Twenty: Slice each cherry in half, and stir in. Add 2 1/2 cups of the white sugar. Stir once every day for the final 10 days. The cherries will give the juice back its pinkish color.
  4. Day Thirty: Drain fruit and reserve it and the liquid. The fruit will be used in the cake. Pour the liquid into 3 glass or ceramic pint jars. One for you to start your next cake, and two for friends. Cake must be started within 3 days after receiving the starter, or you should freeze the starter to use at a later date. Do not use plastic or metal containers to store liquid!
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9x13 inch baking pans.
  6. It's best to mix the two cakes separately. Combine 1 box of the cake mix, 1 box of the instant vanilla pudding, 2/3 cup of the vegetable oil, and 4 of the eggs. Stir, then add 1/2 of the drained reserved fruit from the starter. Stir, then add 1 cup of the golden raisins, 1 cup of the chopped nuts and 1 cup of the coconut. Stir until all ingredients are combined. The batter will be stiff. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan. Repeat for cake number two.
  7. Bake cakes at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 55 to 65 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 28, 2007

I've been making this cake for years and several times haven't had starter. I just started with the first batch of sugar and fruit and trust me, by the second week it's fermented and bubbling. The starter is helpful but not vital or worth the extra time it takes?

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2002

The cake was wonderful the second time... The first time i made it with the rum, and no one would eat it.. so I through away the starter for that, and made it without the rum and it was a HIT!!! Thank you so much....

Sep 22, 2003

This is an old family recipe given to me by an aunt 20 years ago. I was pleased to find that this version of the recipe tells how to "start" the starter. My additional comments are that I just put in sliced peaches-- by the time they have been fermented and stirred for 30 days - there isn't really a need to cut them into pieces on the front end. I took a friendship cake to work & even the finikiest guy loved it. One hubby took some home to his wife and she wants the recipe now. Mixing up the batter when you're ready to bake is really quick, but I had to give it a 3 in "Quickness Rating" because of the obvious fruit making time. The process gives parents a chance to teach about chemical reaction and how the sugar is used as "energy" teaching wise.

Oct 27, 2005

OOOOOh! I was SO excited to find this recipe. I was given a friendship starter years ago and I loved the whole process. I have long since moved away from the area and thought I would never see or taste the recipe again, I was shocked to find the exact same one here, FIRST TRY! Yes, this is time consuming but it's exciting and fun to watch the changes over time. The first time I ever made and ate it I was afraid! (I was still pretty young and the whole fermentation process seemed kind of weird to me) Well, it was delicious and I baked so many of those cakes that people began to run when they saw me coming...(just kidding) anyhow, I'm so happy to find this wonderful recipe again!

Nov 16, 2005

I have searched through countless Friendship Cake recipes to find this one. I received starter for this from a friend 10 years ago and I remember this being the moistest, most delicious cake that I had ever had. I was worried that it would actually taste like the holiday fruitcakes that I really don't like but instead I felt like I was in Hawaii enjoying a tropical delight. Thanks for posting this. The coconutwas a key ingredient that is not included in many recipes. I had to make the starter first this time so now it's off to Mom's group with the final product. They've been waiting 8 weeks for this ... I hope they like it as much as I do!

Dec 31, 2006

Perfect! My family and friends enjoyed it very much! I made one cake in a 13inch pan as noted in the recipe and one in a bundt pan. I would recommend using a bundt pan.

Feb 12, 2004

Here we go, working on batch #4. I almost thought I had KILLED the starter, it wouldn't 'foam up' after adding the pineapple. The addition of 1/2 cup sugar cured that problem! I am adding additional cherries so to arrange on the top of the batter before baking to add a nice touch. I also put a used bean can in the middle of an 8" spring form pan, after baking, it is much easier to serve and using 3 cups batter instead of 4 (so I can create more little ones to share). This is a winner all around!

Dec 30, 2009

I am in the 2nd phase of this cake. I made the starter, and then started the cake process. I am in the add pineapple 2nd 10 day phase. It has been 4 days and I see no foam. Is all lost? Is there a way to save my efforts?


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  • Calories
  • 346 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.5 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 220 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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