a “grand” cake

Recipe from The Best of the Best and More, 2000 . Photography by moi

Don’t you wish this yummy cake was on your kitchen counter right now?
Just another day in the life of my-sister-than-can-bake-up-the-most-complicated-recipes.
That’s what I call TA-LENT!



1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cups water
1/4 cup Grand Marnier


3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. gelatin
coarsely grated peel of 2 oranges
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
2 cups whipping cream
3/4 cups icing sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 2, 8″ round cake pans. Line with waxed paper and grease again. Measure flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa into a bowl and sift together. Cream butter using electric beater, gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla. At low-speed, beat in 1/3 of flour mixture, then 1/2 of the water, beating only until mixed after each addition. Beat in another 1/3 flour, remaining water and rest of flour. Pour into pans and bake for 30-35mins. Let cakes cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pan. Remove waxed paper and cool completely. 1-2 hours before assembling, slice each cake in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place layers cut side up and sprinkle each with 1 tbsp. of Grand Marnier.

Combine juice, sugar, and gelatin in a saucepan, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar and gelatin are dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange peel and Grand Marnier. Press a sheet of waxed paper on the surface and refrigerate until cool, about 20 minutes. Whip  cream until soft peaks form, gradually beat in icing sugar, then fold in Grand Marnier mixture.


Place 1 layer of cake, cut side up, on a serving plate. spoon on 1/4 of the filling. Top with another layer and continue until all layers are used, ending with filling. Refrigerate for 4 hours.


whew! – sounds complicated right? …that’s maybe cause it is… but if you are feeling adventurous, do it! Its sooo delicious and everyone will be super impressed with your skills – cause obviously a multi-layer cake with fluffy filling means serious baking SKILLS.


xo denj



3 Responses to “a “grand” cake”

  1. Jodi Says:

    Beautiful Kari!! Want to send me one of those in the mail? YUM

  2. Cee Says:

    Oh, that cake looks amazing! I’m so jealous 🙂 My brother is a pastry chef, but because that’s his work, he never wants to do it at home… so I have to go to the restaurant he works at for these kinds of treats 😛

  3. cryskay Says:

    looks so delicious! xo

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