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Amish Friendship Cake and Starter

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Servings: 0
Categories: Alcohol / Cakes / Cherries / Desserts / Fruits / Nuts

Ingredients:

---STARTER---
    1 gallon jar
1  cup  Pineapple, cubed
1  cup  Sugar
2  tablespoons  Brandy
1  cup  Maraschino cherries, with juice
1  cup  Sugar
2  tablespoons  Brandy
1  cup  Sliced peaches, canned with juice
1  cup  Sugar
2  tablespoons  Brandy

---ADD TO STARTER---
    Large gallon jar
2 1/2  cups  Sugar
28  ounces  Sliced peaches, canned
2 1/2  cups  Sugar
16  ounces  Crushed pineapple, canned
2 1/2  cups  Sugar
16  ounces  Fruit cocktail, canned
10  ounces  Maraschino cherries, with juice

---CAKE---
1  box  Cake mix
1  small box  Instant pudding mix
3/8  cup  Cooking oil
4    Eggs
1  cup  Chopped nuts
   

Directions:
1. In the one gallon jar, combine the pineapple, 1 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Let ingredients sit in jar for 2 weeks, stirring daily. At the end of two weeks, add the maraschino cherries, 1 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Let the mixture sit for two more weeks, stirring daily. During the forth week add the canned peaches, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of brandy. Let sit another two weeks, stirring daily. Separate the liquid from the fruit. The liquid is your starter and you can use the fruit on ice cream or cake.

2. Now you are ready to prepare the fruit for two cakes. DO NOT refrigerate the liquid. In a large gallon jar, put 1 1/2 cups of the starter, 2 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 large can (28 Oz.) sliced peaches. Mix well and cover jar with a paper towel. Do not refrigerate or screw lid on jar. Stir every day for 10 days. Next, add 2 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 can (16 oz.) crushed pineapple. Stir everyday for 10 days. Add 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1 can (16 oz.) fruit cocktail. Slice contents of 1 jar (10 oz.) maraschino cherries and add with juice. Stir every day for 10 days.

3. On baking day, drain the fruit and divide it into two equal parts. Save the juice and use it as starter for friends. You will have enough for five starters approximately 2 cups each). DO NOT refrigerate the liquid because it will stop the fermenting action. For each cake you will need: 1 Box Cake Mix, 1 Small Box Instant Pudding, 3/8 cup Cooking Oil, 4 Eggs, 1 cup Chopped Nuts, 1 Portion Fruit.

4. To each cake mix, add pudding mix, oil, and eggs. Beat until smooth and fold in fruit and nuts, batter will be thick. Pour mixture into a greased tube pan, then bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. Turn cake out of pan while hot. When cooled, the cake freezes well. The choices of flavored cake mixes and pudding mixes is yours and coconut may be substituted for nuts.


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