Grand Marnier Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m sorry, what? Booze in cupcakes?

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Uh… yah! Why didn’t I try this sooner?

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I’ve never tried baking with alcohol and probably wouldn’t have tried if it wasn’t for Chris’ friend. Let’s rewind so I can explain… his friend had asked me to make a Grand Marnier birthday cake for an event, and I happily agreed. I figured, sure, lets give it a shot – it’ll be good experience, I’ll have an excuse to bake a big cake, and I get to experiment with booze. Sounds fun, right?

Because I wasn’t too familiar with the flavour combination, I wanted to do a test-run first before making the real cake. So instead of a mini 6-inch cake… which I almost decided to make, I opted for cupcakes (bit less work for the test run). I’m sure you all know this already, but the combination of Grand Marnier + chocolate is absolutely delicious. I made these test run cupcakes a weekend before the actual cake was due, which worked out well because it also happened to be my dad’s birthday =)

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I have to say that the cupcakes turned out pretty darn good – moist chocolate cake, filled with grand marnier chocolate ganache, topped with fluffy grand marnier buttercream. What a combination. The original recipe was posted on Three Many Cooks and it is a definite winner. The only change that I made was that I added a little more grand marnier to the ganache and buttercream and slightly decreased the sugar in the buttercream. Basically just added little by little and continued to taste until I was happy with the flavour.

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A little tidbit of info if you like a stronger grand marnier flavour – don’t go nuts on the grand marnier off the bat. We found the grand marnier flavour got a little stronger as it sat in the ganache and buttercream, so I’d probably suggest to add just enough to taste it, then let it sit for a bit, taste it again and adjust if necessary.

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Tip – if you need to practice piping out Happy Birthday with ganache, practice on a plate because its easy to scrape/ wash off!

Enjoy =) 


20 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy says:

    Mmm, mmm… sounds scrumptious! I love grand marnier in sweets and I bet it’s a fabulous addition to these cupcakes. :P

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    1. Janine says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy! Yes, it was pretty good =)

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  2. Oh my those look delicious!!


  3. thebrookcook says:

    Your lucky dad! (& lucky friends!) Looks and sounds delicious :) Josette


  4. thebrookcook says:

    Good advice- BTW- re: waiting and re-taste testing to adjust the flavors- I will have to remember that one!!


  5. This sounds like just for the “right now” cake for me! I am tired and soooo need this mini guy. Thanks for bringing it to the fiesta. I hope you are having fun :).

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    1. Janine says:

      Ohh, I can definitely relate to one of those days. If I could, I would mail it right to your door! Hope you find a pick-me-up to lift your energy!

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      1. Or better, I would try these. I have been dreaming of recreating so many fiesta dishes whole co hosting! Boy! Added pounds just like that 😰

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      2. Janine says:

        Haha it’ll be worth it!

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  6. Chocolate cupcakes are my favourite and these look such tasty treats! :)


    1. Janine says:

      Thank you! Yes, you can never go wrong with chocolate !

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  7. There is always Grand Marnier in my pantry/liquor cabinet. I bet these are good – booze has a way of adding some great flavor. Then chocolate they have to be delicious. I like to cook with wine/liquor too :)


    1. Janine says:

      That is probably a good idea, and very true about adding great flavour!


  8. These are just lovely, and I love Grand Marnier, too. What a great recipe and thanks for posting it!


  9. OMG, you got me with the filling!


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