Chocolate Grand Marnier Cake

chocolate and orange, my favorite dessert flavor combo


12 ounces Ghirardelli bittersweet
chocolate chips
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter,
room temperature
6 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1/2 cup candied orange peel, minced
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Ganache Glaze:
8 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate
8 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into
1-inch cubes, room temperature
2/3 cup heavy cream


For cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan; line bottom with parchment paper round. Stirring every 15 seconds, melt the chocolate chips on high in the microwave until almost melted. Take out and continue to stir until completely melted. In a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, Grand Marnier, orange peel, and vanilla. Stir in lukewarm chocolate. Add flour and salt; stir to blend. Using the stand mixer’s whisk beaters, beat egg whites in a separate bowl until peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate mixture in 3 additions. Transfer batter to prepared springform pan.

Bake cake 45 minutes or tester inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 45 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack (top will fall slightly). Cool completely; cover and let stand at room temperature.

For Ganache Glaze:
Place chocolate and butter in medium metal bowl. Bring cream to boil in small saucepan. Pour hot cream over chocolate mixture; stir until mixture is melted and smooth.

Run thin knife around inside of cake pan; remove pan sides. Invert cake onto 10-inch removable tart pan bottom or cardboard round. Place on rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Remove cake pan bottom and parchment. Pour ganache glaze over cake and spreading to cover top and sides. Chill until glaze sets, about 30 minutes*

*If making the day before, refrigerate. Let cake stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

11 thoughts on “Chocolate Grand Marnier Cake

    1. It definitely was the favorite for both of us.. The company I drove for liked Mom better than me and would ask, where does your Mom want to go ? A few companies I worked for did that too when she’d ride with me.. 😂

      But that trip we took off a lot of time to sightsee.. I think we rented a car 3x and we’re only out 5 weeks..

      Anyhow, in the years Mom rode with me, she was always amazed at how many bizarre things seem to happen to me and around me.. it’s really crazy too because I try and lead a pretty boring life most of the time 😮

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  1. She sent you a sourdough basket too, right ? We did so much in those few days, some of it has blurred over the years of what she got who, out on our national excursions 😄

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      1. Everything we saw and did, one of us would say how much you would love it.. you would’ve been proud and had a good laugh at how Mom saved a man on the trolley car.. 😁

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      2. Short story.. We decided to ride the regular trolley (think it was east/west) Up the hill to the end of the line, which gave a great view of San Francisco, up and back..

        Drivers are crazy, we were sitting near the front, facing the right side of the trolley and the trolley driver kept cussing at the cars passing by on the right, they aren’t supposed to do that..

        Two twenty something guys looking pretty preppy were standing facing us, holding the “hang on for your life” straps above chatting with us about non touristy sites to go see and do and about philly, where one of them had lived for awhile..

        As you know, Mom was pretty soft spoken and the man standing in front of her bent over to hear her better and a pickup truck came whizzing by and clipped the trolley with its mirror just as it would’ve pulled that guy off by his rearend because when he bent over his butt was outside the trolley..

        You know how Mom’s reflexes were.. She saw that truck coming and in a split second grabbed the guy’s belt and yanked him in, just in time..

        😂 The looks on his and his friend’s faces went from the shock of Mom grabbing him, to the shock and realization of how close that guy was to getting pulled right out of the trolley..

        Mom was pretty popular as the people who saw this, would say how caring and brave she was as they’d get off at their stops.. Everyone had something to say to her about it.. And of course the 2 guys did too.. Even the grumpy trolley driver said how lucky that guy was that she was on the trolley..

        After we got off at the end of the line, we walked around a bit and Mom laughed and said she felt a little bad because she thought it was her fault he bent over to hear her better 😂

        I said, Mom, that guy was a talker, he would’ve been talking to somebody, chances are it would’ve still happened but maybe the person sitting facing him wouldn’t have noticed the truck or thought quick enough to reel him in, by the closest thing they could grab.. Then I said, I’m just glad he was wearing a belt because you would’ve just grabbed him by the front of his pants ! We laughed about that many times up until she passed..

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  2. I remember when Mom and I were visiting San Francisco on 3 days off out on the truck.. We rented a car and had a ball.. Mom shipped you Ghirardelli chocolate, do you remember what baking you used it in ? I think it was a moist, and very rich, cake.. Maybe this one ?

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    1. Ghiradelli is still my preferred baking chocolate and cocoa. I love its rich chocolate flavor and the price isn’t exorbitant.
      Knowing me, the first thing I baked with the Ghirdelli chocolate from San Francisco was Fudge Brownies with a Chocolate Ganache Glaze🍫😋

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    2. P.S. I don’t remember which cake, since there are several I make but, if I had to guess, what’s better with a great chocolate than an old-fashioned Devil’s Food Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:)

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