Can I recommend a book? Or two? Have you ever seen "The Cake Mix Doctor" or "Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor"? A friend of mine used the chocolate one to make me a cake for my last birthday, and I don't think I've ever had a better German chocolate cake! The recipes are simple and easy to follow, and if you're like me, that's a big deal. An added plus is that the cake tastes like you've spent forever in the kitchen baking this wonderful cake.