Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake

Ingredients

Cake

  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup crème fraîche (6 ounces)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

White Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 1/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Frosting

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Bittersweet and white chocolate shavings, for garnish

Preparation

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