We visited some friends the other weekend and came home with a Herman. http://www.hermanthegermanfriendshipcake.com/
Having tasted the one they cooked, I knew he’d be worth it. When I first got him, it seemed very odd to be talking about a sour dough starter/cake as if it were sentient. However, if you try it, you’ll probably find that by the time you bake the cake, you’re calling him Herman too!
I went with the basic recipe but I left out the raisins and added an extra half a cooking apple, chopped up to raisin size. He took a long time to cook. Nearly two hours due to the extra moisture from the extra apple & the fact I had him on a low shelf. Still, the end result was very yummy!
I gave away two of the three spare starters & have kept the third so that I can try one of the other recipes and pass a starter on to my mother-in-law. My husband has voted for the ginger cake!