Put your Money where your Mouth is — Literally!
With the recent Powerball breaking a record, many of us pondered over what we would spend the estimated $1.3 billion prize on. Some dreamed of buying mansions and airplanes and others just wanted to get out of debt.
Others look for luxuries to buy that they couldn’t afford normally — buying that expensive wine or getting premium cut meat. But after you win that jackpot, what would you really want to celebrate with? The same way you celebrate everything — with dessert! Here are a few of the priciest desserts in the world:
- Noka Chocolate Vintage Collection ($854/lb): These gourmet chocolates are made with top-notch cocoa from around the world. Noka chocolate has a prestigious reputation when it comes to making fine chocolates. The dark chocolate in their Vintage Collection comes from Venezuela, Trinidad, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ecuador — some of the top place in the world for chocolate. Mixing them altogether creates a rich taste of all-natural chocolate and a one-of-a-kind treat.
- Sultan’s Golden Cake ($1,000): Served at Ciragan Palace Hotel in Istanbul, the Sultan’s Golden Cake has everything fit for royalty. Though it may take minutes to eat this delicious dessert, chefs spend 72 hours working with ingredients that have marinated for about two years. This cake has figs, apricots, quince, and pear that marinate in premium Jamaican rum. The 72-hour process entails infusing French Polynesian vanilla into the dessert, topping it with caramelized black truffles, and a solid coating of 24-karat gold flakes. The cake, which could easily pass as a golden nugget, is served in a silver box with a seal of gold.
- Golden Pheonix Cupcake ($1,000/piece): Debuted at the opening of Bloomsbury’s cupcakes in the Dubai Mall, this pricey dessert is coined as the world’s most expensive cupcake. This cupcake is made with Amedei Porcelana, a dark chocolate from Tuscany, Italy. Along with Amedei Porcelana, Shafeena Yusuff Ali also incorporates Ugandan vanilla beans. The cupcake is covered in 23-carat edible gold sheets and is iced with chocolate icing that is dusted with gold. The dish is finished with different garnishes: chocolate decorations, a chocolate-covered strawberry, and a golden spoon.
- Golden Opulence Sundae ($1,000): Serendipity 3, in the heart of New York City, is well-known for their gourmet, and expensive, desserts. This ice cream sundae helped the restaurant celebrate its 50th anniversary and remained on the menu. This sundae is made with five scoops of premium Tahitian Vanilla Bean ice cream mixed with Madagascar vanilla and Venezuelan Chuao chocolate. This concoction is also topped off with a 23-karat edible gold leaf. The fun doesn’t stop there — the sundae also includes gold dragets, truffles, gourmet marzipan cherries, and Parisian candied fruits. A golden sugar flower decoration and drizzled Amedei Porcelana are on top of the entire masterpiece. As it that wasn’t enough, Serendipity also includes a small portion of sweet Grand Passion Caviar.
- Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence ($14,500): As an ode to stilt fishing, a tradition in Sri Lanka, this succulent dessert was presented at the Wine3 Fisherman Stilt restaurant. This beautiful dessert proves that plating and design is vital when creating culinary masterpieces. This dessert doubles as artwork with a scene sculpted in chocolate to represent stilt fishing. Right under the fisherman sits an 80 carat aquamarine, and whoever buys the desserts can keep the gem. The dish also includes gourmet ingredients such as chocolate, fruit, and Irish cream. It also has a delicious pomegranate-mango compote and sugar art.
- Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ($25,000): Serendipity 3 impresses us again with another one-of-a-kind dessert. In fact, this masterpiece held the Guinness Book World Record for the most expensive dessert in 2007. Although other desserts have claimed that title since, the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate still holds all the glitz and glamour of a top-notch treat. This cold drink is similar to a slushy in texture, but it is made with cocoas from over 14 countries and 24-carat gold. On top, there is a spoonful of gourmet whipped cream and La Madeline au Truffle pieces. You can also eat this dessert in style with their golden goblet laced with diamonds and a golden spoon you can keep.
- Platinum Cake ($130,000): Created by Japanese pastry chef, Nobue Ikara, is the epitome of elegance and luxury. This cake isn’t really about what’s in it; rather, it’s goal is to showcase the decorations. Without the platinum decor, this cake is plain white. This cake was made to inspire popularity of platinum jewelry, so naturally it is decked with precious necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. This was an effective, and delicious, way to advertise the platinum industry.
- Strawberries Arnaud ($1.4 million): This dessert, served at Arnaud’s in New Orleans, comes with more than just plain strawberries. With the hefty price, this dessert doubles as one of the most expensive fruits in the world. Along with the gourmet strawberries, this dish comes with a 4.7-carat pink diamond ring. To add more to the ambience, this dessert also comes with specialty servers and a rare port wine worth almost $25,000 alone. Last, but not least, Strawberries Arnaud also comes with a live jazz ensemble to provide background music.
- Diamond Fruitcake ($1.65 million): After six months of designing and one month of creating this cake, the chef included 223 small diamonds on the exterior. The gorgeous deep red color was perfect for Christmas, the day it was auctioned off that year. This entire stunning cake is edible, except for the diamonds. Could you imagine trying to eat around them, and then cleaning all of them after?