Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs
one at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift
together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk
. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Pour batter
into 3 (8-inch) round greased and floured pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool completely before frosting