This is the same basic recipe for Red Velvet I have been making since I was a girl. It is the traditional Southern recipe. It is delicious. My only note would be that the directions seem 'off.' I agree with all of it EXCEPT the vinegar and baking soda should be combined in a separate small bowl and then mixed in, by hand, after you finish using your machine- then poured into prepared pans and baked immediately. That is what gives the cake a light and fluffy texture. I imagine that mixing the vinegar in early and by itself is a large part of why other reviewers thought the cake was NOT good or had a hard/dry texture. The recipe is sound- the directions are just out of whack!