My recipe is adapted from here, but it tastes a little different the way I make it.
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured~you can make your own with 1/4 cup of cornstarch inside your 1 cup measuring cup, filled the rest of the way with flour.)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (I made some with almond milk and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar)
1 teaspoon apple vinegar (even if you make your own buttermilk, add this too)
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs1/4 cup of vegetable oil
Lots of Americolor Red until the batter is RED like an Arkansas razorback
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with baking spray. Sift sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into medium bowl. Whisk buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla in small bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Beat in dry ingredients in 4 additions alternately with buttermilk mixture in 3 additions. Add the red food coloring until the desired shade. Think of the grooms cake in the movie Steel Magnolias.
Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 22 (in an electric oven) minutes. Cool in pans on racks 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks; cool completely.
Don't skimp on the sifting or you will end up with a heavy cake with clumps of cocoa powder in it.
Make a batch of your favorite cream cheese frosting or vanilla buttercream. I like the taste of the cream cheese frosting but I really don't like how mine isn't manipulatable like buttercream is so I guess I need to try some new recipes.
On one cake, I took some of the crust I had cut from around the edge, crumbled it, and then patted it to the side of one of the cakes. The other I added the berries to the bottom for a border.
I must say, very delicious indeed.