Delicious side view of the Friendship Cake.

Snacks & Treats

An Easy Take on Friendship Cake to Share with People You Care About

Oct 4, 2018

There is something so wonderful about doing life with your tribe.

Those people that you can call on in the middle of the night. The ones who show up when you need them — who know your strengths, weaknesses and love you all the same. The crew that knows your secrets, that knows how to make you belly laugh until your cheeks hurt and you can talk about all of life without fear of judgement.

Your tribe. Your people. Your friends.

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The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t need dozens of friends surrounding me. I need a faithful few that will weather life with me. We all need a group that will lift us up on the difficult days, love us hard when we don’t feel worthy and always encourage, no matter the circumstance.

I’m honoured to have a tribe that does this for me. I don’t think I could do life without them — and I know I certainly wouldn’t want to.

A slice of Friendship Cake on a plate, accompanied by a fork.

This year, for Friendship Day, I want my two closest friends to get a small reminder of how much they mean to me and how loved they are so I have decided to bake friendship cakes. But not the typical Friendship Cake you would expect with a starter that takes 30 days to make — my friends would kill me if I added something else to their to-do list. 

This easy “hacked” version is strictly for eating and enjoyment!

Walnuts, shredded coconut, peaches and maraschino cherries about to be mixed into the batter.

A Friendship Cake is similar to Amish Friendship Bread — for which the ingredients are passed from person to person.

I first tried Friendship Cake when my stepmother made it for me years ago; I love the flavours and was excited to re-create it!.

But the traditional version of this Friendship Cake recipe is a big commitment.

Friendship cake batter in a cake mould.

If you’re in a time crunch, I suggest you check out this delicious hack version that will leave your mouth watering for more.

Icing sugar dusted on Friendship Cake.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • 1 box butter yellow cake mix
  • 1 small package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cream sherry (if you prefer not to use cream sherry, just sub for half cup of milk)
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup diced peaches, drained
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


How to Make a Friendship Cake

  1. In a mixing bowl, add cake mix and pudding.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, milk, sherry (if using) and eggs.
  3. Pour in cake mix and mix gently until the batter comes together.
  4. Gently stir in cherries, pineapple, peaches, coconut and walnuts.
  5. Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake for 1 hour at 325℉.
  6. When done baking, remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Gently loosen from bundt pan and turn out onto a platter.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Article Author Stephanie Keeping
Stephanie Keeping

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Stephanie Keeping is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a superhero costume to the grocery store and take naps in your rubber boots. She hangs out at Spaceships and Laser Beams where she blogs about crafts, recipes, parties, travel and family life.

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