I used to think that I preferred boxed cake mix to homemade cakes. I realize now, that I just had the wrong recipes!! I have made 2 cakes in the last week that have been positively yummy!
The first is a Chocolate Guiness Cake, which I used to eat at the Jika Jika cafe in Bath. I have been meaning to make it forever, and finally had occasion. I am glad I shared it with others, because I really, really could eat the entire thing. I recommend making vanilla buttercream (softened butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, tiny bit of milk) instead of the cream cheese frosting, as we thought it was too tart.
The second cake is my neighbor, Janice's recipe. She told me that it is so easy, she makes it whilst on vacation because you don't need anything special. The only addition to the recipe, is that I sprinkled cinnamon on the top before baking. You basically mix all of the ingredients together and sprinkle with topping. Bake 350F for 25-30 minutes.