Combine sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. Slowly whisk in dry ingredients. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Top with cream cheese frosting: Soften cream cheese and combine with slightly softened butter. Beat until smooth. Add vanilla and beat well. Gradually add sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating continuously until smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate, if needed.
McKenzie Crowell, www.cuporcakes.com, Poland, Ohio