Amish Friendship Bread
In other words, think carefully before you start. I seem to remember being a bit nervous that I would forget one of the steps or (gasp) not keep the starter alive. It was a bit like a Furby (remember those?) in some ways. Too much responsibility and guilt attached.
Here's a video on the life cycle of a Herman cake:
The current equivalent of a Friendship cake, I suppose is a Magic Cake (a cake that goes into the pan as a single batter but separates itself into 3 distinct layers). They're both a bit faddish and obviously popular since those recipes just keep circulating.
Here's a link to the recipe for the magic custard cake (above), which is, I take it, the standard Magic Cake. But if you prefer chocolate, check out the Magic Chocolate Cake recipe in the video below:
I don't bake a lot, but I do find these cake fads intriguing. Any other baking fads that I've missed? If so, clue me in. I'd love to hear more.