1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pans
4 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
4 cups strong coffee
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup good-quality dark chocolate chips
4 cups slightly heaping all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Dutch process or dark cocoa powder
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sour cream
2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups good-quality dark chocolate chips
2 2/3 cups heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter
6 to 7 large egg yolks
2 cups granulated sugar
2 sticks salted butter, at room temperature
4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out
Toffee bits (store-bought or homemade), for decorating
If your icing is too watery, then the yolks did not cool down properly. Remedy that by allowing it to cool, then adding another stick or two of butter and beating thoroughly.
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