I have been caring for my Herman starter for around three months now and the delicious cakes have become a weekly treat in our house. I have experimented with many of the recipes on the Herman website and loved almost all of them including some delicious Herman bread.

I like to avoid too much processed sugar in our food but had been making an exception for these delicious sourdough treats. However a few weeks ago we started to introduce some solid food to our six month old baby and I didn’t want him to miss out on Herman time.

So with my fantastic two year old sous chef sat up on the kitchen work top and the baby kitchen porter waiting patiently in his walker. I rolled up my sleeves donned our aprons and started work on a couple of dozen baby friendly Herman cupcakes.


  • 2 Cups Herman Starter
  • 2 Cups Wholemeal Flour
  • 2 thirds Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Very over ripe Bananas

Mash the bananas, whisk the egg and mix in the starter and the oil. Combine the flour and baking powder, make a well and add in the wet ingredients. Spoon into cupcake tins and cook on around 180C for 20 Minutes.


These cupcakes are the best sugar free cupcakes I have ever made but as usual when working with fruit as a sugar substitute it can be easy to make the mix too wet depending on how soft the fruit is you may need to add more flour.

Planning for the Future

The ripe bananas are plenty sweet enough although I think once baby is over a year old I will replace one banana with half a cup of runny honey.  I will also make a honey sweetened meringue topping like this one.


4 Egg Whites

1 Cup Honey

1tsp Vanilla Extract

Heat the honey in a pan for around 5 minutes. Whilst that heats up whisk the egg whites until they begin to look frothy, add the vanilla then very very slowly add the hot honey whilst whisking. Continue to whisk until the topping is thick and fluffy and has cooled. Top the cupcakes with the fluffy topping.


Delicious treat with no sugar ensuring Herman stays a beloved member of the family for a long time to come.

So easy even a toddler can do it.

by Chloe McKell