There is something sacramental about eating cake, especially chocolate cake in good company.
Growing up, my sisters and I were on a mission to do just that, but never thought to bake a cake from scratch. It never crossed our minds. We only baked Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines premixed cakes. Chocolate and even German Chocolate were on heavy rotation, along with white, confetti, lemon, orange, and even banana. Alas, there was always wishful thinking, hope even, that the cake would look just like the picture on the box.