My Kind of Chocolate Birthday Cake

My Kind of Chocolate Birthday Cake
Photo by Mark Thomas

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • Candied orange peel strips
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • + 13 more ingredients
    • ½ teaspoon grated orange peel
    • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
    • 3 ounces high-quality milk chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina)
    • husked hazelnuts
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
    • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    • 5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
    • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
    • Large chocolate shards or curls (from 1- to 2-inch-thick 8-ounce piece bittersweet or semisweet chocolate)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 13x9x1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper; butter parchment. Combine first 4 ingredients in medium metal bowl. Set bowl over saucepan of barely simmering water; stir until chocolate and butter melt. Remove bowl from over water; stir in salt (mixture will be grainy)...

View full recipe at Epicurious

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