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Chocolate Cake With Crepe Paper Flowers And A Phyllo Nest

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Chocolate Cake With Crepe Paper Flowers And A Phyllo Nest

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter, room temperature, for pans
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 18 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 thick 16-ounce block bittersweet chocolate, room temperature
  • confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • phyllo nest
  • small candy-coated chocolate eggs
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for mold
  • 1/2 ounce ( 1/2 cup) kataifi (a type of phyllo), thawed
  • cocoa powder, for dusting
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