Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pans
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 extra-large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 cup hot water
Swiss Meringue Buttercream, recipe follows
9 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 pounds (6 sticks) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or other flavoring
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