I made half of this recipe to celebrate 2015. It was great, super moist, soft, and delicious. I didn't make the frosting because I had a can of Pillsbury's vanilla frosting. Remember to add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, because red velvet cake is supposed to have a light chocolatey flavor to it. If you do not have buttermilk, add 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to the bottom of the measuring cup, then pour in ROOM TEMPERATURE MILK until it reaches the 1 cup mark, let it sit for 5-10 minutes before use (it should curdle by then). If you also don't have SR flour, mix together 2 1/2 cup minus 5 tsp (1 tbsp plus 2 tsp) of flour with 4 tsp (1 tbsp plus 1 tsp) baking powder and 1 tsp of salt. And 2 oz (1/4 cup!) of red food coloring is toooooo much (that's why I rate this 4 stars. My family was also complaining that the cake was extremely red)! Add about 1-1.5 ounce (2-3 tbsp) or more to your liking. P.S. Wear red so you don't stain your clothes!
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I made half of this recipe to celebrate 2015. It was great, super moist, soft, and delicious....