Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9" round cake pans (use my parchment paper trick from above) and sprinkle bottom and sides of pans with sugar and set aside.
In a large bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, water, and softened butter. Use a hand mixer (or stand mixer) to beat on low until moistened and then on medium for two minutes, until fully combined.
Pour evenly into prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pans then flip onto cooling racks to cool completely.
Trim the tops with a serrated knife, if necessary, to make the two cakes even.