Bake: Herman – Oven Day

I’m pleased to report my mum did a stunning job of caring for Herman over the weekend – including another feed

He’s now been divided into four, and yesterday I delivered one pot of him to a family friend – I think his offspring will be very happy there…

Baking day

The instructions for cooking aren’t too fussy – basically just add…

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 2 heaped tsps of cinnamon
  • 2 heaped tsps of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup of cooking oil (I used veg)
  • 2 cooking apples (I chopped these into little pieces)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (or almonds)
  • 1 cup of raisins

The fruit and nuts are optional – I’ve seen other people online add chocolate

Sprinkle with sugar and a little butter  (great opportunity to use my vanilla sugar)

Then add to a large greased cake tin and stick in an oven pre-heated to 170 degrees

Check at 45 minutes… my Herman was very wobbly still… and 15 mins later… and 30 mins later… and 15 mins later… and then we left him in the cooling oven while we popped out for a couple of hours…

And then…

The real test

So… how does he taste?

Pretty blooming’ good! A lovely mixture of fruit, nut and cinnamon in a cake that is a lot lighter than I expected – and a slight hint of the yeast in the apple – yum!

The only thing I’d do differently next time is use a shallower cake tin so he took less time to bake and was a more consistent texture throughout (although he wasn’t totally cool on first tasting – the smell made it too difficult to wait)


Things I learnt

  • People think you’re weird when you start talking about Herman… but they’ll still ask after him when you see them next
  • You get quite protective over his well-being… and defensive over why you’re treating him like an actual person
  • It’s not essential to stick to the 10 day programme – as long as he’s bubbling away, he’ll pull through
  • He’s not the cheapest cake to make – he’s a hungry beast!
  • As a result he’s a pretty big guy once he starts baking
  • Cooking him in your parents’  kitchen while wearing shorts, socks and your dad’s massive jumper is not essential, but is recommended

Graduation photos

I plan to keep you updated with with how Herm’s cake friendship spreads… but for now here’s the bake day in a few photo highlights…

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One thought on “Bake: Herman – Oven Day

  1. Oh Herman, you look lovely! Far better than I expected actually – no offence Becca!

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