Grand Marnier Cake

Overhead view of an orange cake

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  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
320 Calories
23g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 3g
Calcium 61mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Grand Marnier's distinctive taste adds a special something to everything from cocktails to Crepes Suzette. This elegant cake includes Grand Marnier, orange juice and orange zest for a wonderful citrus flavor.


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
  • 3 eggs (separated)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (or zest from 1 orange)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier liqueur (or more orange juice may be used)
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Steps to Make It

  1. Cream butter with 1 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Beat in egg yolks.

  3. Sift together the dry ingredients; add to the first mixture alternately with sour cream, beating until smooth.

  4. Stir in orange zest and chopped pecans.

  5. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into batter.

  6. Pour batter into a buttered 9-inch tube pan and bake at 350 F for 45 to 50 minutes.

  7. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar with orange juice and Grand Marnier; pour over hot cake.

  8. Decorate top with pecan halves. Cool on rack before removing from pan.