Grand Marnier Cupcakes

"The chocolate garnish on these luscious cupcakes marries well with the Grand Marnier. If chocolate is your passion, serve the cupcakes with a pitcher of dark chocolate sauce on the side"
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12 cupcakes




  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease 12-cup muffin pan or line with baking cups.
  • In large bowl, beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar at medium speed 5 to 6 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg, 1 tablespoon orange peel and 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier.
  • In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • At low speed, beat sour cream into butter mixture alternately with flour mixture.
  • Spoon batter into muffin pan, filling two-thirds full.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pan; cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup sugar and orange juice over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier.
  • Poke holes with toothpick in top of each cupcake.
  • Using pastry brush, brush tops liberally with Grand Marnier glaze.
  • Place chocolate in small heavy resealable plastic bag; add shortening and seal.
  • Place in pan of simmering water; turn off heat.
  • Allow bag to sit several minutes; remove from water.
  • Smooth melted chocolate by working bag with hands.
  • Cool 5 minutes.
  • Cut off tiny corner of bag; drizzle chocolate over cupcakes.

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  1. Salesgirl
    Lovely hint of orange, nice texture and easy to make. Thank you!
  2. mianbao
    This is a wonderful recipe, easy to follow, and the cupcakes are delicious. I added slightly more orange zest than called for - just love citrus, and made the topping in the microwave, but otherwise followed the recipe. I just spooned the topping over the cakes because I tend to be challenged by decorative effects. Even made by me, these still look quite nice, I think, though they won't last long. Thank you very much for this recipe.



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