Baking a cake is not a big deal. Really. If you can bake a cake from a mix, you can bake a much more delicious chocolate cake by using this recipe for everyday cocoa cake. You don’t even have to frost it — just sprinkle with some confectioner’s sugar and serve with a beverage.
One of the problems in my view with American desserts is that they are too sweet. Think: pecan pie. One or two bites and your palate is weary from all that sugar. If you use less sugar, you can actually taste the flavors. From a cake mix box, there is no natural flavor to appreciate, so sugar is dominant.
Next time you need/want to bake a cake, check out of the library Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Cake Bible or Rose’s Heavenly Cakes and bake a simple yellow cake. You will be happy. Here’s a good one to start.
In the meantime, if you want a project that will reward you, try this Donauwelle recipe (pictured) when you have part of two days. It’s not difficult, just has several steps. And it will reward you not just in taste — which is superb, like the best Vienna pastry — but in confidence as well.