*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                              Friendship Cake
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes                            Fruits
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      Pint          Friendship Cake Starter
   16      Ounces        Lite peaches -- sliced
   20      Ounces        Pineapple tidbits
    3                    Maraschino cherries; 6 oz
    7 1/2  Cups          Sugar
    2      Packages      Golden Butter Cake Mixes
    2      Packages      Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
    8                    Eggs
    1 1/3  c             Oil
    2      c             Raisins -- optional
    2      c             Walnuts -- optional
    2      c             Pecans -- optional
    2      c             Coconut -- optional
 Day 1.  Pour starter into glass gallon jar.  Add can of sliced peaches
 with the juice; cut each slice into 4 pieces.  Add 2 1/2 cups sugar.
 Stir.  Cover jar loosely and keep at room temperature. Stir every day
 for 10 days.  All the sugar may not dissolve for several days.  Don't
 cover airtight.
 Day 10. Add can of pineapple tidbits with juice and 2 1/2 cups sugar.
 Stir. Continue as before, stirring every day for 10 more days.  Your
 starter has changed color and your fruit will foam when stirred.
 Day 20.  Add 3 6-oz jars of maraschino cherries, drained. Cut each
 cherry in half.  Add 2 1/2 cups sugar.  Stir.  Continue stirring daily
 for 10 days. These are the last ten days.  The cherries will give the
 juice its pinkish color back.
 Day 31.  You will now bake your cakes.  Preheat oven to 300~. Grease and
 flour your pans.  Drain fruit into a large bowl. Pour juice into 3 pint
 jars.  Into a large bowl put 1 box cake mix, 1 box instant vanilla
 pudding mix, 4 eggs, 2/3 cup oil and 1/2 the drained fruit. Mix with a
 spoon only until well mixed. Then stir in 1 cup each of raisins,
 walnuts, pecans and coconut. Pour into prepared pans.  Bake until straw
 inserted in center comes out clean. Makes 2 tube pans or 12 one pound
 loaves or 4 loaves, 9 1/2x5 1/2x3-inch. Bake one tube pan at a time for
 approximately 60-90 minutes.  Bake large loaves for 60-90 minutes or
 until a straw inserted in center comes out clean.
 Comments.  MUST put in a gallon GLASS jar.  Use fruit in juices NOT
 syrup.  The three pint jars of juice are the starters, one for you and
 two for your friends.  Never refrigerate the starter!
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 NOTE: This is only ONE version.  There are a kazillion variations on the
 theme.  :)