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This layer cake from Proof Bakery is a sweet lesson in chocolate architecture

A great chocolate cake goes like this: Start with a layer of devil's food cake, nearly obsidian dark from Valrhona cocoa powder. Then add a thick strata of buttercream, another of chocolate crémeux, more cream, more Valrhona. Then more of the same, building up, layer by layer, like chocolate architecture....

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