Hold up! You can make a cake... not from a box?
Okay this is how POOR we were growing up and how DUMB and CLUELESS I am even now: I didn't know about box cake mixes until I was about 30! Truly, about five years ago I was in the grocery store and was getting flour and sugar and couldn't turn my cart around so I had to head straight down the aisle and that's where I found cake mix and canned frosting for the first time! I was all "Huh? What's this."
Then I found books called The Cake Mix Doctor, one for chocolate cakes and one for regular cakes and they make cakes taste not from a box. But I haven't had any success with the chocolate cakes. They are all dry and crumby.