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Monday, January 12, 2015

Grand Marnier Orange Cake | the vanilla bean blog
“Gathering around the dinner table has been and still is the highlight of our day… We believe that eating together is more than just everyone sitting down at the table; it’s about the communal meal, which at its best is the ritual of sharing food, of cooking together, eating together, and laughing together. Our recipes return families to the idea of a common pot.”

A few weeks ago I was sent a copy of The Pollan Family Table, a cookbook celebrating good, simple food for the family table. I always appreciate cookbooks of this variety – as someone who tries to cook a dinner meal five times a week, I often find myself running out of ideas that my whole family will enjoy. This cookbook does just that. It inspires with healthy ingredients and seasonal recipes.

Of course I was drawn immediately to the dessert section, and so made Grandma Mary’s Grand Marnier Orange Cake. This cake! I must admit I usually go for chocolate-y things, but I had a bag of blood oranges and decided to try out the Bundt cake. This cake! It’s crazy good.
Grand Marnier Orange Cake | the vanilla bean blog

Grand Marnier Orange Cake | the vanilla bean blog

Grand Marnier Orange Cake | the vanilla bean blog
Leave a comment below (along with an email address) for your chance to win a copy of The Pollan Family Table!

Grand Marnier Orange Cake | the vanilla bean blog

Grand Marnier Orange Cake
adapted from The Pollan Family Table

I changed this recipe a bit from the book. The original recipe has an orange juice-Grand Marnier soak that is poured over the cake while it is still warm, and then it  is topped with almonds. I instead put the orange juice and Grand Marnier into the cake, and then smothered the top in cream cheese. Either way, a winner. You can use any orange liqueur in place of the Grand Marnier. I used blood oranges, but regular old oranges will work great, too.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the egg yolks, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and orange zest, and beat until combined. Turn the mixer to low, and add 1/3 of the flour mixture. When the flour is just combined, add the sour cream and mix until combined. Add 1/3 of the remaining flour mixture, and mix until combined. Add the orange juice, and mix until combined. Add the last 1/3 of the flour, and mix until the batter is smooth.

In a clean bowl of a standing mixer, use the whisk attachment to whisk the egg whites until they are stiff but not dry, about 2 minutes. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until incorporated, and there are no white streaks.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Let the cake cool on a wire rack.

Invert the cake onto a wire rack or serving plate, and top with cream cheese frosting (recipe follows).

Orange Cream Cheese Icing

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange zest
good pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides, and add the Grand Marnier, vanilla, orange zest, and salt. Beat again until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. Increase the speed to medium, and beat until light and fluffy.
Grand Marnier Orange Cake | the vanilla bean blog

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    natalie @ wee eats
    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    this cake looks so good – i feel like i could eat the whole bowl of frosting all by itself!

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      Jan
      Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:05 am

      The cake looks good. Not crazy about the orange on top as it may get wet as the cake sits. I’ll give it a try as my husband loves Grand Marnier.

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    Trish
    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    You know, after clicking on the Amazon link, I realized that Michael Pollan is Michael J. Fox’s brother in law! WHOA! Anyways…. looks like a beautiful book. And that cake looks delicious!

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    Tieghan
    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Nothing beat gathering around the table with people you love. My family does it ever night, granted we don’t eat till 9, but still, we do it!

    love this cake! 🙂

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    Lauren S.
    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    This looks delicious! I might have to make this for myself for my birthday on Thursday!

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    Meghan
    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    This cake is so lovely; the perfect way to welcome citrus season. It’s actually one of my 2015 resolutions to commune more around the table. There is so much life and meaning beyond food that takes places where we eat, and I’m finding it of value to be witness to it all. And while it might not always be easy to bring everyone together, it is definitely worth it.

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    Tiffany
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:33 am

    What a pretty looking cake. I could use some new ideas for my next family gathering.

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    Bethany
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:37 am

    oh my goodness! That looks incredible. I love blood oranges – and while the original sounds delicious, I have to say I’m a big fan of your frosting variation.

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    Millie l Add A Little
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:44 am

    This looks so delicious and beautiful – I love the colour of blood oranges!
    Cakes always make an occasion that much better!

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    Thalia
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Now this is one incredibly delicious looking cake. I love using citrus (and booze) in baking.. so I can imagine how good it would have tasted. Thanks for the recipe Sarah!!

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    Lexi Earl
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I love blood orange season. Every time you slice one open the colour is like an unexpected gift! And i am so trying this cake soon. Now I have a craving for cream cheese icing!

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    Hanh
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:42 am

    This cake looks delicious! I love anything with orange in it, especially if it has Grand Marnier in it too. Will definitely have to make this cake soon.

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    Sifra
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Family recipes are important. My family has none, because my mother and grandmother never enjoyed cooking, My father on the other hand, does. And I do too. So I am trying to find recipes that are a success time and again. This cookbook will be an asset to my bookshelf. Altough I doubt that it will spend much time there, and can be found in my kitchen more often than not 😉
    Thank you for sharing the cake recipe, I will certainly try it!

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    robyn
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:19 am

    We only manage to eat at the table all together about once a week as very rarely all here together and always seems so late and the easiest thing to do is to stare at a TV screen and many more weak excuses like that, time to try harder I think, how could you not eat together with that beautiful cake!

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    Jen Borba
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I love cookbooks and enjoy finding one that includes simple but delicious recipes. The cake looks simple but great tasting at the same time. thanks for sharing.

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    Cathy
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I wish I saw this recipe last week as we all gathered together to celebrate my Mother-in-laws 93rd birthday… She would have loved it!
    I guess I will have to ask my husband to make it for my upcoming birthday????

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    Janet T
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:09 am

    That book and your cake pictures are beautiful. Healthy family meals are very important to me, along with kitchen wisdom information.

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    Jaqui T
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:25 am

    This looks amazing! Whenever I go back to my parents we always have a family meal and I love it because its a sign that all work is done for the day and we can spend the rest of the night relaxing with each other.

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    Emily
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:25 am

    what a beautiful cake, that looks equally delicious!

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    Talia
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:29 am

    weekly friday night meals with the family always end in cake, a perfect conclusion. hoping to bring this beautiful cake to the table next time!

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    Sj Dc
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

    There’s a bounty of oranges at home right now and been looking for a great cake recipe..this one looks delish!

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    ??
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

    the orange looks so good,i’m afraid i can’t find one as bloody as yours.i’m a beginner of baking,i’m always willing to try new recipes.now i just can’t do well the chiffon cake.some gredients are so hard to find in such a small town of China.

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    Simone Sika
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Wow! Looks so good! Not sure mine would turn out quite so photogenic.

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    Katherine
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I love that you used blood oranges! I tend to enjoy them more than the standard orange – good call!

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    Michele West
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

    This cake looks delicious!

    We gather as a family nightly for supper as well and I’m always looking for fresh ideas.

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    Ariana
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I first discovered an unknown love of good citrus cakes with an olive oil citrus cake over the summer. This cake looks incredible, too! I love the blood orange twist. Excited for the opportunity to explore more of the Pollan Family Table 🙂

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    Chloé
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    That cake looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Ah this is gorgeous Sarah! I love a good cake, especially with icing and booze : )

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Stunning. This cake would be the perfect snack in winter!

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    susanne
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

    perfect made for my citrus craving!looks devine ..

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    Megan
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Wow, so gorgeous! I wish I was having that cake for breakfast 🙂

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    Heather Taylor
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Looks delicious!

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    Holly
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I’ve been baking cakes all morning for a friends pop up art event. Ginger, orange, maple syrup and earl grey all different flavours going into these cakes. Taking a little bread with a delicious coffee and read through this. Wish a scrumptious sounding cake and I would love to get my hands on this cookbook! Thanks for offering the chance to win!

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    Holly
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Ah I can’t type! A ‘break’ not ‘bread’ and ‘what’ not ‘wish’!!!

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    Lisa
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I was raised enjoying a hot, home cooked family meal almost every evening. My husband & I reared my children in the much same way, and it was a important part of our lives. I had already downloaded the original Pollan Family Grand Marnier cake, but this one looks even better. I will try it out for our next family gathering!

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    MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Oh how I love a boozy orange cake… and I love your cream cheese frosting addition. Looks delicious – thanks!

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    MaryKay Lawrence
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Now this a fruit cake I could love!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Gorgeous cake! I’ve been snatching up blood oranges like crazy lately!

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    Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    What a cake! The perfect way to celebrate winter’s glorious citrus fruit.

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    Shradha
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Imma make this cake and wear it as my hat to the next meeting with my girls! Sow pwetty!! Such beauty!

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    Rachel
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    As always, this is a beautiful post with beautiful photography! I just love the colors of those oranges…

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    Laura
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

    What a beautiful cake, and beautiful photos! Incorporating alcohol into different foods really expands the flavor and texture and gives some extra pizzaz – what a great way to use the Grand Marnier sitting in my cabinet!

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    molly yeh
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

    holy buckets, this cake and these photos are absolutely stunning, sarah!!

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    Emily
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:20 am

    what a beautiful cake! the cream cheese frosting looks especially delicious 🙂

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    Hannah Skow
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    What a great recipe to start out the new year! Ring-shaped foods are said to bring good luck in the new year and I’ve heard it helps to cover them with a cream cheese frosting…so excited to bake this and most importantly, eat it!

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    Pamela
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

    What a luscious-looking cake! I can almost taste it.

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    Annie
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yum – looks delicious! From the looks of the pictures, I thought maybe the cake had pistachio in it. I’m glad it doesn’t because I never have them on hand!

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    Susan
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:33 am

    This cake looks amazing! I can almost taste the flavors just thinking about it. We are getting ready to move into a house and I think this will be the perfect way to celebrate 🙂

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    Kimberly
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

    There is something wonderfully old fashioned about a cake sitting on the counter waiting for everybody to come home and enjoy it. And a bundt cake to boot! I agree with you that I’d make a chocolate cake every chance I get but this looks delicious and beautiful. It will be our treat for this weekend. Thank you for inspiring and sharing Pollan food-advice. He is the master in my book.

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    Maneesha Pradhan
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This cake looks delicious. Would love to see more.

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    Fran Callahan
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Two of my favorite things…Grand Marnier and cake.

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    Sherry Ann
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:18 am

    When my family gathers around the table there is usually a cake involved! I remember making cakes when I was a little kid! My favorite part was the food coloring in those little bottles!

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    Abby
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

    This cake looks delicious, Sarah, and your photos are perfection! Love, love, love. xx

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    Amanda
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Um, yes. You said “the cake!” twice. And, don’t know, even just looking at it that exclamation is just the right response.

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    Lauren
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    This cake looks so delicious & refreshing!

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    Janice
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I love dessert that looks as spectacular as it tastes – I can’t wait to try this one!

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    Jackie
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    We are lucky enough to have a couple of orange trees which are now full of fruit, and still have some orange liquor left over from some I made last year so am really looking forward to making this wonderful cake. x

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    Sarah
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Deborah
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I just received my mother-in-laws first cookbook from the 1950’s. It is precious. I would love to try the Pollan family recipes. Thanks!

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    Kelsey Tenney
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    This cake looks incredible! I’ve been looking for something to do with all of these in-season blood oranges. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachel
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Hope to add this awesome looking recipe book to my newly started collection- that cake looks so elegant and delicious! Have a look at my food-oriented instagram: @rachelcaste Thanks for the giveaway!

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    sarah
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Wow! That cake is so gorgeous and I can almost taste the flavor through the photos. 🙂

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    Laura Biscaro
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I absolutely LOVE anything that has orange in it! It’s a flavor that you can’t replace.
    Do you think this would work with another orange liquor, like Cointreau?
    My email: laurinha.biscaro@hotmail.com

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    Elisa Wolff
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    This recipe has the option to use blood oranges, which are an absolute favorite of mine, so I’M IN!!!
    ewolff2@yahoo.ca

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    Lynn
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Looks so yummy! I like your idea to add the Orange Cream Cheese icing and the blood oranges on top are stunning. This may be my dessert for Valentine’s Day.

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    Karly K
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    This cake looks surprisingly tasty 🙂 It incorporates uncommon but not unpalatable combinations of ingredients! Refreshing in the world of cooking blogs today 😉

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    Tiffany | offbeat + inspired
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    SO beautiful and looks delicious!!!

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    Paula
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This cakes looks perfect for a dreary day!

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    Marcia
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    That cake looks gorgeous! And I’m kind of obsessed with Michael Pollan….I think his point of view is so on target….and after reading more about the Pollan family, I’m a huge fan! And small world trivia: Stephen Pollan (Michael, Tracy, etc’s father) was my attorney for an employment-related issue. When I met with him at his office, it was like being with my own dad! So warm, kind and friendly. Not what you immediately think of when you think of a NYC lawyer! (he did a great job, btw!!) Sorry for the long post!

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    Chaya
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    oh i was just reading a wonderful article about the pollan family in oprah magazine! they’re such a charming group of women. your cake looks delicious, especially with those vibrant blood oranges! love the photography, as always.

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    Kristin
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Looks beautiful, Sarah!

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    Bridget
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Beautiful cake, with such a pretty colour. Would be making this very soon.
    Love your blog, its even saved on my favourites tab.
    You inspire me so much, with different flavour combinations, new techniques and visual appeal. I’m 17 and I hope to be as good as you one day! 🙂

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    Danielle
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Yum! Citrus cakes are my favorite and this one looks fabulous!

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    Jacqui Schmidt Stivers
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    oh wow! yum!

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    Dana
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Beautiful cake and photos. It wold be a great companion to an afternoon cup of tea.

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    Pat
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Looks yummy!! And pretty too! Do you think I can sub triple sec for the grand marnier?

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Yes! I’ve made it with Triple Sec, too, and it turned out great.

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    Oana
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 3:09 am

    What a beautiful looking cake and interesting recipe. I just bought some Grand Marnier and this just made it to the top of my baking list! Thanks for sharing!

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    Alycia@foodblogit
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:11 am

    What a gorgeous cake!!!!!

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    amanda
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Wow… this looks good.

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    Anna
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8:55 am

    wow….. i just love this colors

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    Toni McCann
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

    oooohh! looks so good! I love me some good cake!

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    _emily_rose
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I LOVE Grand Marnier. I can’t wait to try this cake 🙂

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    Maria K
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    A wonderful combination of ingredients! I almost always bake (and cook) with spirits; I find it really does enhance the flavour so. I don’t much care for chocolate desserts; on the other hand, your blood orange and Grand Marnier cake looks and, I’m sure, tastes superb. I too thought, upon looking at the photos, you had used pistachio but, as you obviously didn’t, I wonder what gave your cake its green tint.

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      Sarah
      Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Maria – I honestly don’t know! I was sort of surprised by the green tone – maybe it had something to do with the blood orange juice and zest? Although I don’t know how the purple-ish color would do that. It was a mystery to me, too. 🙂

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    Sophie
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Wow, looks delicious and the original sounds fantastic too… yes please!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See
    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Love the use of the grand marnier here!

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    kelli
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:17 am

    i do love cake
    oh yes it is citrus season, the best part about winter

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    Ingrid
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:20 am

    This looks amazing!!

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    Britney Loren
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Who doesn’t love Grand Marnier??? And cake? And frosting? Next up, this cake (= Thank you!

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    karen
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Gorgeous! I have never used blood oranges in baking, that must change!

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    Jayne
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Looks delicious! I love the blood oranges for decoration! I will have to make this this weekend… just because : )

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    Lori
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I can’t wait to try this out!

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    Katherine
    Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I’m a cake recipe hoarder. This is going on the top of my pile for the weekend baking session!

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    Gemma
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Oh my gosh! This cake is absolutely marvellous! The blood oranges make such a beautiful contrast with the cream cheese frosting! and btw, if there is ever more delicious than classic cream cheese frosting then it is orange scented frosting! 🙂
    Beautiful pictures as usual! Seeing these cute shots makes me want to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen baking gorgeous cakes like yours.

    Happy weekend!

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    Seema
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Yum, cream cheese + oranges sounds amazing!

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    Liesel
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I just borrowed this cookbook from my local library. It is wonderful! Grandma Mary’s Grand Marnier cake caught my eye when I flipped through the book and your photos seal the deal – I will make this for our next family dessert.

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    Whit @ Jewhungry
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Simply stunning. I’m ear-marking this for a future birthday cake. Amazing.

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    Appetite Deluxe
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Looks delicious!

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    Ayesha
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    The book’s recipes look interesting. I would make the key lime pie with walnut oatmeal crust.

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Wow walnut crust—–I am liking that idea. But I get hooked on pictures, so the cake has me in its clutches. I love love sharing food with my family and my dear friends. It is one of life’s major joys.

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    Jackie
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Looks yummy! I would definitely make this one too!

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    susan
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:01 am

    This cake looks so good especially since it has a cream cheese frosting

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    Jade Sheldon-Burnsed
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

    This looks absolutely divine!

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    Julie
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This cake looks absolutely delicious! The blood oranges make for gorgeous pictures!

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    Christin Snipes
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    OMG! This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Julia
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    We made the original version of
    the cake (almonds & glaze) and I have to say, it’s ‘da BOMB!! Can’t wait to try this because really, what can’t be improved with the addition of cream cheese frosting??

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    Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Love your beautiful photos. Very dreamy. And that orange cream cheese icing… I can eat this for breakfast, because of the oranges, yes?

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    Catherine
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful, as does the book. I am making it right now!

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    Rachel
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    This looks amazing! I grew up with the family meal–dinner–a must. Whatever else we were doing, we had to be home for dinner. We had such amazing conversations growing up and often stayed at the table long after the meal was complete! I now do the same for my kids but it can be so hard to find inspiration!

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    Linda Lutomski
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I am so inspired!

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    Zarina C
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Not sure if this is still on. I lost my family and dream kitchen to divorce and vowed not to spend that much time in the kitchen. Family cooking was rewarding and is sorely missed. This book might get me back to my “workshop.” Just picked up CaraCara’s. …need Blood to make this cake!

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    kristie {birch and wild}
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    You are the cake queen! Every time you post a recipe/photos of one I yell “eeeeeeeeeeeeee!” True Story. I love the winter citrus addition on this one.

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    Lark
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    What a lovely variation on a theme and a kind give away.

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Perfect breakfast cake! Looks so comforting 🙂

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    Bradley Meilinger
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Looks beautiful, as does the book. Cool to see how the interest can live in and around a family. I’d love to get a copy for the recipes and, I hope, stories.

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    Sparkly Jules
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:36 am

    I’ve been interested in that cookbook since it came out…nice to see a nummy recipe from it.

    I only do carbs one day month, but this might have to go on my list. <3 orange cakes.

    I got here through How Sweet Eats…but I'll be back.

    Thanks,

    Jules

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    Laura Head
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:38 am

    You make this sound amazing!! Love your blog!!

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    Jennai
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Those Blood Oranges look AMAZING. I wish I could bake like this!

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    Margaret H
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Yum Might have to try a chocolate version

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    Vicki
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

    This cake looks absolutely delightful!!!

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    Pat M
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

    This cake sounds wonderful and I love Grand Marnier!

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    AJ
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I love blood oranges and can’t wait to try this cake!

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    Katherine
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    You had me at Grand Marnier!!!

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    Bethany Kocher
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I love a good bundt cake and orange is one of my favorites. I look forward to trying this soon.

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    Judy
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I agree with you, chocolate is my dessert preference. But…a good citrus-y option would be appreciated!

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    Barbara T.
    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:37 am

    My mother was Finnish and talked about how the Finnish ( in Minnesota) would always visit one another.There was always coffee and desserts served at these visits,and one of my mother’s favorite was her mother’s orange cake.My mom would continue making these orange cakes ,and they were delicious.Seeing this grand mariner orange cake recipe brings back wonderful memories ! I imagine this cake is delicious,too! I will have to try this recipe!Thank you for posting it.

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    TH
    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 4:19 am

    I received my first bottle of Grand Marnier as a volunteer for the NY Film Festival. GM was a sponsor. I’ve loved it ever since.

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    lucy
    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

    What a gorgeous cake! Would love to make & take to a dinner party. Thanks for sharing and the book looks fab xo, Lucy

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    Kaitlin Minich
    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Simply stunning photos. This cake looks to die for!

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    abhaya
    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Ah, citrus season. Nothing quite like it. Got a citrus juicer for Christmas and now another yummy reason to use it!

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    Wendy O
    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I long for something to remind me of summer in these grey overcast days of January. Tis Grand Marnier Orange Cake may just do the trick to put a little sunshine back in my day. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    Audrey
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 3:48 am

    I’m a sucker for orange cakes. Orange anything really! Thanks for sharing this recipe! x

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    Tania
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:58 am

    These blood oranges looks so beautiful! It must be very interest cake! Love your work!

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    Tania
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Looks very beautuful! I like blood oranges and always make the cheesecake with them. Love your work!

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    Andrea M
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Citrus. There is just nothing like it, especially when added to liquors AND put in a cake 🙂 So lovely!

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    Adele K
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    This looks wonderful and just happen to have some blood oranges I picked off my tree before the last frost hit, so I can use them to try this recipe! Thank you for a source.

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    cassandra
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    this cake looks amazing 🙂 ! too bad i just started my diet. will need to wait a bit for this

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    Jeremy J
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Thank you! Much as I love chocolate, I have to come up with other desserts as my poor nephew is allergic to chocolate. This cake is a yumminess on it’s own, bonus that it’s a great chocolate alternative!

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    Wendy
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    The cake base is almost identical to Vincent Price’s recipe. Which I made around Christmas – delicious! I really like the idea of blood oranges and the cream cheese icing. Your cake looks beautiful.

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    jacquie
    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    what a yummy looking cake.

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    theresa krier
    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    oh boy would i love this cake,mmmmmm, thanks kpkrier@kci.net

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    Sonia
    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Your cake is beautiful! Cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites.
    I noticed the book has a different cover than what I’ve seen in the stores. I’m always turned off by books with photos of people on the cover especially celebrities or famous people. (even though I realize the contents are the same…I can’t help it!!). Is that version for sale anywhere?

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      Sarah
      Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Sonia – That’s actually the inside of the book, my book has the same cover as in the stores. The pictures of people are only on the dust jacket – the actual hardcover of the book is just red, if that helps. 🙂

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    Meg
    Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    This cake looks heavenly. I bet it would be delicious with grapefruit as well.

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    Sonia
    Monday, January 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Oh, yes! I now see it is the inside. That picture would have made a beautiful cover. 🙂
    Thanks for your response!

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    Emily | the flown scissortail
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Michael Pollan is such an inspiration! Thanks for the beautiful cake. I have to check out this book!

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    Kelsey M
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Wow- this looks amazing!

    http://www.alittlerosemaryandtime.com

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    chickie brewer
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

    You said it’s crazy good, Well his recipe sounds delicious and very interesting. It would be so much fun to make!

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    Fergus
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Those blood oranges contrast so well with the White icing.

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    Laura
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Jade Lemery
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I just made this cake today for a military Thanksgiving get-together tomorrow and the entire house smells of sugary oranginess! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

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      Sarah
      Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Thanks for letting me know! I hope you all enjoy it. 🙂

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    Alexandra
    Friday, February 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Dear Sarah:
    I am about to make your Grand Marnier cake for the second time. It is a perfect dinner party dessert. But am I crazy? I cannot find the Grand Marnier mentioned in the cake directions (although it’s included in the ingredients list). I add it when I add the orange juice but, if I am not crazy, you may want to amend the recipe. Thank you for this. Alexandra

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      Sarah
      Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Alexandra – Thank you for letting me know! I did forget to put it in the directions, but just added it. 🙂

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