A while ago I found this "recipe" for making a box cake taste like it came from a bakery. I was intrigued so I repinned to try it out on a later date. I had some frosting left over from making pumpkin cupcakes and a spice cake with maple cream cheese frosting sounded like a good idea, so I bought a box of spice cake to test it out. I didn't make a control group cake of undoctored box cake, so I can't really compare how it would've tasted sans doctoring, but it was indeed delicious. I'd be interested to try it with something richer like a red velvet cake. Unfortunately I don't really go to many events that require bringing cake and I'm certainly not going to just bake a whole cake so it can sit in my kitchen and tempt me.
I bought this vintage cake stand for our wedding cake but it ended up being too small for the cake to fit on, so we used it for caramel apples instead. I'm glad I got to use it to hold a cake finally! It's been sitting on my desk holding mason jars full of pens and other office supplies for the past year. It needed something a bit more glamorous to sit on top of it for a bit.
Basically what you do is take your box cake and make it how it says on the box, except...
*Add one more egg (or 2 if you want it to be very rich),
*Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount,
*Instead of water, use milk.
...and then just bake the cake how it says to on the box. I think a spice cake would be a great cake to bring to Thanksgiving, and this box cake hack is a great option if you ran out of time and want to whip something fancy up to bring.