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

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.

After enough layers, seal the construction with frosting as if fastening the lid on a box, then pour warm ganache over the top, the chocolate falling down the sides like a slow waterfall. Finally, fit the sides with a thin layer of cake crumbs, because there's nothing like a bit of texture to complement the smooth planes of frosting. Knife out a wedge and pause, if you can...

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