Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
I think this is from the Cake Bible. Have to bake this for my brother - he loves Grand Marnier!! Will keep you posted!!
- 1⁄2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
- 2 -3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cake flour
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1⁄2 cups sifted cake flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup unblanched sliced almonds, toasted and finely ground
- 1 tablespoon unblanched sliced almonds, toasted and finely ground
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
Grand Marnier Syrup
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1⁄3 cup Grand Marnier
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl, toss the chocolate chips and a few spoons of Grand Marnier until chips are moistened and shiny. Add the 1 ½ teaspoon flour and toss until evenly coated.
- In a medium bowl, lightly combine the eggs, ¼ cup sour cream, and vanilla.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients and orange zest and mix on low speed a moment to blend. Add the butter and remaining ¾ cup sour cream. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase to medium high speed for 1 ½ minutes to aerate and develop structure. Scrape down sides. Gradually add egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients. Scrape down the sides, and fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scrape the batter into a well buttered bundt pan. Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until the cake tests done with a toothpick.
- Shortly before the cake is done, prepare the syrup: Heat the sugar, orange juice, and Grand Marnier until the sugar is dissolved. DO NOT BOIL. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, place the pan on a rack, poke the top all over with a wire tester, and brush on ½ the syrup. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate. Brush with the remaining syrup and cool completely before wrapping airtight.
- This cake can be made several days ahead and refrigerated, wrapped well. I like to glaze it with a Chocolate Cream Ganache before serving.
Cake turned out perfectly. However, I do not see what people think is so great. It's a good cake, but not as great as all the special ingredients would indicate it should be. I make other cakes that are far better. I wouldn't make it again.
I have the cake bible, and this is one of my favorite recipes. There was way too much Grand Marnier originally listed to coat the chocolate chips - that may be why the one reader's cake fell apart! I have never had a problem with putting it out onto the rack after 10 minutes, and if you wait too much longer, the glaze won't absorb. I edited the recipe to fix it back to the original quantities. Hope this helps!
This cake gets a rave -- and that's without the glaze. The instructions are excellent and I'm glad I followed them exactly. At first, I thought the batter was going to be too stiff, but I soldiered on and the result is a splendid light batter, and the treatment of the chocolate insures that the chips are evenly dispursed throughout. I made this in a small bundt pan and in a mini bundt pan --result: a beautiful little bundt cake and twelve perfect roses. The batter was so good and the aroma of the baking so wonderful that I decided to forego the glaze. No one missed it -- this is a very moist and delicious cake. Just one note: I used enough of the Grand Marnier to moisten the chocolate and added the balance of the three tablespoons of liqueur to the egg mixture. So glad you posted this, Redsie!