I did follow this recipe exactly the first time I made it. I would not make this recipe again, if it weren't for the significant modifications I have made....which make an outstanding red velvet cupcake, if I do say so myself! In critique of the original recipe, the cake is very dry and bland. The only saving grace is the frosting. However, I have become well known for my modified recipe.
I've tweaked the cake portion of this recipe, and in my opinion it is now PERFECT. I decreased the flour, increased sugar and vanilla. I also use buttermilk (or milk plus 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar) to increase the moisture. These changes make it less dry and more flavorful. You can view my exact modified recipe, along with pictures, here http://www.carrottopmom.com/?p=290
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I did follow this recipe exactly the first time I made it. I would not make this recipe again,...