Herman fully loaded!

Herman cooked single slice

Sometimes I think that someone is watching over me, saving my bacon from some situations that would’ve got me in a whole heap of trouble. Today was one of those days. I haven’t had my hair cut for 10 months now. It is knotty constantly and my home fringe trimming isn’t exactly up to scratch. I fear the hairdressers. Not because I don’t like getting my hair cut but because I hate having to make conversation with the hairdresser for the first 10 minutes until it inevitably becomes awkward because when you’ve run through the gamut of inane chat. You then have to smile and watch them cut your hair and you can’t read a magazine because they want your head to be straight. My mum is one of those people who manages to find a common point of interest and make conversation with everyone. I swear when I was a kid I would go off while she was having her hair dud and return to find her still gassing away with the coiffeur. I still wonder how she does it. I guess that’s why she’s so good at her job (she’s a registrar of marriages), she been doing it for 26 years!

So anyway today was the day I finally decided to get my hair cut. I needed a cheap cut because I just spent an eye watering amount of money going to see my bestie next weekend and something’s got to give somewhere. As it was during my lunch break it would have to be in the local area. Now where I work is in a not-so-nice area of the city, and therefore the places around it are not-so-nice either. But I googled this place and made an appointment with the gruff sounding hairdresser. I was already feeling a little dubious. But at £8 for a cut I wasn’t going to worry too much. And you know, I have long hair so it would be beyond impossible for it to look awful (y’know, like a mullet). So how far wrong could you go?

Herman fully loaded single slice top down

When I arrived at my allotted time said hairdresser appeared to have just begun putting weave into this woman’s hair. She said she wouldn’t be long, so she hands me a load of tat magazines and I sit and read celebrity gossip and wait. And wait. And wait. The place smells funny. The hairdresser was “mmm”ing a lot but the weave victim doesn’t appear to be saying anything. I realise the hairdresser is on a hands free kit, white van man style. She also has either a top that’s too short, or trousers that don’t come up high enough, because her belly is protruding from the gap inbetween, like Larry David’s secretary in Curb Your Enthusiasm. My mind is screaming at me to leave, but my British need to be polite is telling me to stay. I don’t want to be here. I need to escape. I look at my phone, it’s only been 15 minutes. But the hairdresser doesn’t look like she is anywhere near finished and I don’t have time to waste. It’s time to make my excuses so I tell her I have to get back to work and I’ll come back tomorrow. “Would you like to rebook?” she asks. “No no, it’s fine, I’ll just pop in.” We both know I am lying. My hair lives to knot up another day.

I wish haircuts were as dependable as cake! I feel like I missed the hype on these Herman The German Friendship Cakes. I only found out about it through my job when someone posted about them on our Facebook wall. Then just a week or so later we received our first one. I nurtured Herman, fed him, rocked him to sleep. OK, not the last one. I mixed him with some other ingredients and he shuffled off his mortal coil and emerged from the oven as a beautiful cake. But of course, I could not leave him as he was. No siree. He needed a tweak.

Here is your secret weapon to make Herman fully loaded! All you need is butter, sugar and a couple of cooking apples.

Herman fully loaded topping

Here’s Herman, he’s been bubbling away for 10 days, he is good to go.

Herman sourdough

First we’re going to make the Herman cake…mix the eggs and the sugar

Herman mix eggs and sugar

Then add the oil/butter

Herman add butter oil mix

Sift the flour mix…

…then add it to the cake batter mix along with Herman (say bye bye!)

Herman Cake batter with flour

Add sultanas (I use these instead of raisins)

Herman add sultanas

Now we’re going to take this cake up a gear! Peel and slice the cooking apples.

Herman cooking apple topping

In a pan, melt the butter with the sugar for a minute or so then add the apples until it begins to bubble and caramelise

Apples caramelising with sugar and butter

In a greased deep cake tin, pour in the caramelised apple mix and spread out evenly over the base of the tin. Spread the cake batter evenly over the top.

Herman fully loaded before baking

BAKE. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in tin for 5 or so minutes.

Turn out and leave to cool on a rack

You can find the Herman recipe here and as I didn’t change anything I’m not going to write it out again, just my addition for the top.


  • 1 lot of Herman cake mix
  • 2 cooking apples
  • 75g butter
  • 100g sugar


  1. Once the Herman cake batter is prepared, make the topping. Peel, core and slice the apples (not too finely, not too thickly).
  2. In a shallow frying pan over a medium heat, melt the butter than stir in the sugar. Let it turn a light brown, then add the apples. Allow to caramelise a little more, the mixture turns dark brown. Don’t let it burn.
  3. Pour the caramel apple mix into the base of a deep greased cake tin then add the cake batter mix. Cook as per the Herman instructions.


  1. says

    What a gorgeous cake! So irresistible looking.

    I’ve not set a foot at the hairdresser’s since years and cut my own hair… ;-P



  2. says

    Nice post Becs. I really must have a go at the Herman Cake, hoping someone will send me some. But as you know, I’ve not much free time on my hands ATM. Perhaps later in the year.

  3. says

    Oh dear! That hairdresser does sound like it was pretty dodgy though, you’ve probably escaped a horrible haircut!

    I love the idea of the Herman Cake – so much fun and looks delicious too.

  4. says

    Wow that cake looks delicious! I always put off getting my hair cut too because I hate when they mess up my bang (fringe). It was easy when my good friend who is a hair dresser lived in the same city as me, she even visited me twice when I lived in England and trimmed it. Now I’m a city away from her so I’m stuck trying out new places. So glad that you ran away from that place, it sounded awful!!

  5. says

    Oh oh, I am so with you on hairdressers. I put off going from one year to the next for the exact same reasons.

    Part of Herman is currently residing in my freezer.  I did make one cake, but didn’t quite feel I could pass the responsibility onto friends. I like the way you’ve dealt with him though.

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