By the way, here are some foolproof recipes for cakes (it's in British measurements so run it through allrecipes.com's measurement converter or find a cookbook with both British (Imperial), Metric and American measurements and do the conversions yourself--I do it all the time when I use American recipes):
You may want to start out (as most of us have in Home Ec classes in the UK and Commonwealth countries where we have missionary schools) with baking a sponge cake which is the easiest cake of all and once you've got it right, then baking other cakes will be easy-peasy:
Classic Victorian Sponge (the filling suggested is one variation. You can fill it with all sorts of creams and jams etc). Note the classic proportions of ingredients of 2-4-4-4 (2 eggs, 4 oz each of flour, butter and sugar): http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001127.asp
This one is an all-in-one Victoria sponge so it's even easier--just chuck everything in the bowl and mix instead of creaming it: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001033.asp
Most beginners learn both.
And here are a selection of cakes that are guaranteed to be moist:
Squidgy Chocolate Log http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001217.asp
Greek Orange and Honey Syrup cake with Yoghurt and Pistachios: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001437.asp
Moist Chocolate, Prune and Armagnac Squares: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001432.asp
Moist Carrot Cake: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001130.asp
Austrian Coffee and Walnut Cake with Coffee Cream (note: it's flavoured with coffee, not a coffee cake in the American sense): http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001128.asp
Quick Apricot, Apple and Pecan Loaf Cake: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001101.asp
Lemon Roulade: http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/r_0000001064.asp
I know all the jokes about British cookery but if there's one thing you can't fault the British for, it's that they don't know how to make desserts and sweet stuff. Even as far back as the 16th Century, British puddings (catch-all phrase for desserts and sweet stuff here in the UK) are lauded throughout Western Europe, even surpassing the French (and no rude French jokes please).
I hope this all helps, Rex.