10 of the most expensive desserts in the world
Whether they are drizzled with edible gold, created using rare glaciers, include first class flights and luxury hotel stays or dipping with diamonds; these super extravagant desserts are not your average apple crumble and custard. Join us as we present the top 10 most expensive sweet treats in the world...
Bagel, Westin Hotel, NYC, $1,000
The Alba white truffle cream cheese bagel is the creation of chef Frank Tujague of The Westin New York hotel, The decadent breakfast was partly designed as a charitable endeavour to help raise funds for Les Amis d'Escoffier Scholarship, which provides scholarships to students of the culinary arts. The bagel is created with white truffle cream cheese, goji berry infused Riesling jelly and – of course – edible golden leaves. The main reason for the $1000 price tag? The Alba white truffles, which are an extremely rare delicacy.
Sundae, Serendipity 3, NYC, $1,000
Aptly called 'The Grand Opulence Sundae', this dessert is created using the finest Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of rare Chuao chocolate from Venenzuela. The decadent creation is then wrapped in 23-carat edible gold leaf, before being drizzled with one of the world's most expensive chocolates, from Amedei Porcelana. The finishing touch? Candied fruits, gold covered almonds, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries. This rather expensive sundae is served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon, which we presume is available to take home once eaten.
Macaroons, Haute Couture, $7,414
The iconic Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé, offers clients a luxurious choice of ingredients, including fine balsamic vinegar, fleur de sel, red grape, and rare peanut butter among others. Not all of the macaroons on offer are crazy expensive, but depending upon the flavours selected, once could easily end up paying as much as $7,000 for a box of bespoke macaroons.
Cupcake, Sweet Surrender, Las Vegas, $750
The Palazzo hotel's 'Sweet Surrender' dessert boutique offers the incredible 'Decadence D'Or' cupcake creation. These aren't just miniature sized cakes with layers of butter cream – hese are super luxurious cakes crafted out of Venezuelan chocolate, Tahitian vanilla butter cream, 100-year-old cognac and then topped with edible gold frosting – forming the world's most expensive cupcake at $750 a pop.
Ice Cream, Serendipity 3, NYC, $25,000
Another Serendipity 3 creation, the 'Frozen Haute Chocolate' consists of a fusion of 28 of the most expensive and exotic cocoas. The dessert is fused with 5 grams of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. At the base of the striking goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds. The sundae is then topped with rich whipped cream covered with – of course – more gold, and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from the iconic Knipschildt Chocolatier.
Cannoli, Jasper Restaurant, Kansas City, $26,000
Jasper Restaurant chef and owner Jasper Mirable teamed up with the world famous Tivol Jewellers to create the most expensive cannoli ever made. The Italian delicacy is created using whipped ricotta cheese with sweet cream, fine chocolate, candied lemon and orange peel, and nuts - all encased in you guessed it - an edible gold leaf.
Chocolate Cake, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, England, $35,000
The Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in England's picturesque Lake District serves up one of the most expensive cakes in the world. Chef Marc Guibery created the chocolate pudding using only the finest chocolate and gold caviar topped with a two-carat diamond. It is crafted using four types of the finest Belgian chocolates and requires at least a 3 week warning advance order.
Ice Cream, Three Twins, Kilimanjaro, $60,000
The reason this particular ice cream sundae is so costly is because it is created using the disappearing glacier from Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. The sundae's price also includes a first class airfare to Tanzania, five-star hotel stay, a VIP guided climb, as much ice cream as you can eat and a souvenir t-shirt made from organic cotton.
Strawberries, Arnaud's, New Orleans, $1.4 million
The New Orleans stalwart's dessert is a patented blend of bright-red red berries, vanilla ice cream, a port – red wine sauce, whipped cream, mint. It comes complete with a spectacular 5-carat diamond ring, which once belonged to British financier and philanthropist Sir Ernest Cassel and is a one-off creation for one lucky buyer.
Fruit Cake, $1.65 million
At the end of our list is the world's most expensive dessert – which costs a huge $1.65 million. Jeong Hong-yong – a Japanese pastry chef – created the bespoke cake, which is peppered with a total of 223 diamonds. The creation took a total of six months to develop and a whole month to turn the idea and fantasy into a real edible reality. The cake went on display in an exhibit called 'Diamonds: Nature's Miracle' at the Takashimaya Department Store and was put up for sale during the Christmas of 2005.