Herman the German Cake

If you haven’t already heard about this delicious sourdough sharing cake then let me fill you in. Herman is a cake mix that you make a big batch of and split into 4 parts, one for yourself and 3 to give to your friends.

You and your friends follow these instructions for 10 days, after 10 days you’re ready to make the cake and your friends will be able to split their Herman mix into 4 parts (one for themselves and 3 to give away) so Herman can be passed onto other students.

In theory, you could give away Herman to every single student in your seminar, your course or even your entire university!

The ingredients are simple so most students shouldn’t struggle to make this cake and you feel a real sense of achievement after looking after your Herman for ten days.


Herman the German cake is a concept that is very difficult to explain so check out this website for more information!

How to start a Herman cake:


5oz plain flour

8oz caster sugar

1 packet of active dry yeast

Half a pint of warm soya milk

2 fl oz. of warm water


1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water for 10 minutes then stir.
2. Add the flour and sugar then mix thoroughly.
3. Slowly stir in the warm milk.
4. Cover the bowl in a clean cloth.
5. Leave in a cool dry place for 24 hours
6. Now follow these instructions from day one of the 10 day cycle.


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