Grand Marnier Chocolate Lava Cake

January 13, 2013

Grand Marnier Lava Cake

I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time, but I didn’t want to make just any ole basic lava cake. I had to figure out a way to spruce it up and give it some pizazz. What better way to spruce up a dessert than by adding a little Grand Marnier liquor to the mix? That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

This cake has a little Grand Marnier as part of the lava center, but the real flavor comes with serving a Grand Marnier whipped cream on the side.

Are you ready to get started? Let’s go!


Grand Marnier Chocolate Lava Cake

For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bars (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. of Grand Marnier

Ingredients for the Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 oz. of Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar

For the Cake

  • To make centers, melt 2 ounces of chocolate (1/2 a baking bar) and cream in double boiler. Whisk gently to blend. Pour in Grand Marnier and mix well. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm. Form into 6 balls; refrigerate until needed. (Don’t make balls too terribly large, otherwise your cake will end up very hollow once you cut into it).
  • To make cake, heat oven to 400°F. Spray six 4-ounce custard cups with cooking spray. Melt 4 ounces of chocolate (1 baking bar) and butter in double boiler or microwave; whisk gently to blend. With an electric mixer, whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, and vanilla on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and light. Fold melted chocolate mixture and flour into egg mixture just until combined. Spoon cake batter into glass custard cups. Place a chocolate ball in the middle of each cup and make sure it sinks to the center and has a light covering of your cake batter (this will seal it in the center).
  • Bake about 15 minutes or until cake is firm to the touch. Let it sit out of the oven for about 5 minutes. Run a small, sharp knife around inside of each custard cup, place a plate on top, invert and remove cup. Garnish with powdered sugar and a dollop of Grand Marnier whipped cream on the side or on top (some orange zest and vanilla ice cream is always nice too!)

Directions for the whipped cream

  • Blend all ingredients with a hand mixer or electric blender until thick and fluffy. Serve and enjoy!
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