Chocolate Grand Marnier Cupcakes

Chocolate & Grand Marnier cupcakes, topped with Grand Marnier buttercream
Cupcakes– makes approx 30
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup Grand Marnier
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking SODA
1/2 teaspoon baking POWDER
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag (12 oz) chocolate chips
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F, whisk sugar and cocoa powder together
  2. on the stove top, melt butter, allowing it to turn golden brown, then add sugar/ cocoa and Grand Marnier, whisk until smooth
  3. bring to room temperature then whisk in eggs, vanilla, and sour cream until well combined
  4. in another bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, then gradually add it to the sugar/ sour cream mixture, beat for approx 2 minutes or until smooth and well combined
  5. stir in chocolate chips
  6. fill lined cupcake tines 2/3- 3/4 full, and bake for 15-20 minutes
  7. cool completely before frosting
Grand Marnier Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  1. beat butter until creamy
  2. add 2 cups powdered sugar, beat
  3. add 1 tablespoon GM, beat
  4. alternate adding remaining powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon GM, beating until combined between each (+/- GM for desired consistency, I used 5 tbsp)
posted 9/23/12
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