Sunday, June 25, 2017

Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake
Allen's birthday cake!
My hubby celebrated his birthday this weekend and I made him this scrumptious Chocolate Espresso Cake. We had a great day and went to see Transformers and had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. I found this cake recipe on Pinterest from Add A Pinch, and if you love coffee and especially espresso, I highly recommend it. The crumb has a smooth velvety texture and is brimming with coffee goodness, but not overpowering. The chocolate flavor is decadent and will make you crave another piece. The frosting also has espresso and is silky smooth and tastes amazing. I added some dark cocoa powder to the cocoa powder to add even more dark chocolate richness. This is a one bowl recipe and though I used a mixer, you could easily whip this cake up with a spatula. This is a dream come true cake for chocolate and coffee fans. See recipe below.

Top of the cake: Dark Chocolate Curls and various sprinkles I combined
The first slice for the birthday guy! ;)

2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour

2 cups Granulated Sugar

3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Coarse Salt

1 teaspoon Espresso Powder

1 cup Milk

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

2 Large Eggs

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup Boiling Water

With the candles
Candles lit up and singing happy birthday to my love!

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare two 9-inch cake pans lining each with parchment paper and baking spray, or grease with butter and sprinkle with flour (shaking off excess flour).

In the bowl of your stand mixer whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder until combined or use your paddle attachment.

With the mixer on medium speed add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract to the flour mixture until incorporated, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add boiling water until incorporated. Cover mixer with paper towels to avoid splatter and burning yourself.

The batter is thin but do not worry. It bakes beautifully.

Glorious cake
Looks pretty and the taste is out of this world!

Add cake batter to pans.

Tap on the counter to remove air bubbles, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

My cake baked in 32 minutes.

Let cake rest in pans for 20-25 minutes and after 10 minutes carefully run a knife around the edges of the pan.

Invert cake onto wire racks to cool completely, about 1 hour.

Cover cakes with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until you are ready to frost the cake.

Sophia's Sprinkles Mix
Dark Chocolate Curls

Chocolate Espresso Frosting
1 1/2 cups Unsalted Butter, softened

1/4 cup Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder

3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

5 cups Confectioners/Powdered Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Espresso Powder

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Milk

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Added frosting to the bottom cake layer
The frosted cake; just needs sprinkles and curls

Sift sugar; set aside.

Add cocoa powders to bowl of stand mixer and use a whisk to remove lumps. Do not skip this step or you will have lumpy frosting (not good).

Cream butter and cocoa powder on medium speed until incorporated.

Add sugar and milk alternating until incorporated.

Cake cooling on wire racks

Turn mixer to high speed for about 1 minute.

Turn mixer to medium speed and add vanilla extract and espresso powder until incorporated.

The frosting should be creamy but if for some reason it is still thick, add 1 tablespoon of milk.

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-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Goss Hot Sauce Colon Plow

Goss Hot Sauce
Colon Plow

Homemade Two Frys Burrito Bowls topped with Goss Hot Sauce
Colon Plow by Goss Hot Sauce is a very tasty sauce made by Rodney Goss. Goss Hot Sauce is based in Sullivan, IL. Rodney Goss is the Owner, Head Cook, and Taste Tester at Goss Headquarters. Rodney is a guy with a great love of the outdoors and he loves to cook. He created Goss Hot Sauce to add to the dishes he makes for family and friends. After years of experimenting, Rodney got his recipe just right.

Goss Colon Plow Hot Sauce is good and hearty
I really enjoy this product as it has both sweetness and a heat this is very satisfying. I have tried it on many things I have made here in The Two Frys kitchen. Pictured in this article are homemade Burrito Bowls we have often. I chose to top the Burrito Bowls with Colon Plow. This pairing worked well with the beef, tomatoes, lettuce, refried beans, sour cream and tortillas used in our Burrito Bowls. The topping added a sweet heat to the dish. Also, we used the sauce as a dip for our accompanying nacho chips. Other foods I have had Colon Plow on were breakfast burritos, chicken fingers, breaded baked fish, and on pork chops.

Goss Hot Sauce
The smooth flavors of Goss Hot Sauce come from the blending of Jalapenos, Red Bell Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Carrots, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic, Cider Vinegar, and Sweet Light Corn Syrup. The syrup has vanilla in it that adds to the flavor profile. The sauce is thick like a salsa and very hearty. In the near future Goss is coming out with a BBQ Sauce. We will be sure to have an article on this upcoming new product when it is released. I can definitely recommend Goss Colon Plow Hot Sauce to our readers. We are very pleased with the heat that is not overpowering yet spicy enough to please our fellow Chiliheads.

Nice texture 

Goss with Burrito Bowls and Nachos on the side, Sweet 5 Star Heat!
Get some today for your BBQ and dipping needs. The product comes in 17 oz. jars and order more than one as it will go fast. Looking forward to the upcoming product(s) from Goss this year. Find Goss on both their website and on Facebook, sweet sauce with heat, Enjoy!


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-Allen/Two Frys