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Devil's Food Cake With Black Pepper Boiled Icing

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Devil's Food Cake With Black Pepper Boiled Icing

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60%–64% cacao), chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground espresso beans
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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