German Friendship Cake

To make a new starter:
Combine in large mixing bowl:
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon sugar
1 envelope dry yeast
Stir in 2 cups very warm water until a smooth paste forms. Cover with clean cloth.

Day 1: When a friend gives you the batter starter, place in large bowl, stir down and cover loosely with waxed paper. Leave on counter.

Days 2,3,4: Stir batter until smooth. Let set.

Day 5: Add
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Stir until smooth

Days 6,7,8,9: stir batter until smooth, Let set.

Day 10: Add
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Stir until smooth.

Take out 3 cups of batter and give one cup each to 2 friends with these directions. Keep the 3rd portion as yournew starter.
Add to the 4th portion:
2/3 cup vegetable oil (I think this should be 1/4)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder (cream of tartar)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
3 eggs
2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Stir well.

Optionally add any or all of the following
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup apples
1 cup raisins
Bake at 350F / 180C / Gas Mark 4 for 45-55 minutes.

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