For this cake, it was different for me, but I loved how it turned out. I made the cake and icing from scratch, which I've never done at home before and it turned out great. This is the recipe I used for the chocolate cake: http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/184/HERSHEY'S%20%22PERFECTLY%20CHOCOLATE%22%20Chocolate%20Cake.aspx and this is the recipe I used for the buttercream frosting: http://www.ciaculinaryintelligence.com/2007/05/a-cupcake-bouquet-for-moms-special-day.html . The cake turned out moist and went really well with the buttercream frosting. I would definitely reccomend trying this recipe!