The Most Expensive Desserts in the World

We hope your life consists of nothing more than these insanely pricey cupcakes and $1,000 sundaes.

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Is there anything better than dessert? While a few curmudgeons believe we’re in the midst of a desserts dark age (a highly contested matter), there are some sectors of the pastry world that are still thriving. And one of those, for better or worse, is insanely expensive sweets.

It’s up for you to decide whether dropping thousands—or, if you’re stupidly wealthy, millions—on dessert is excessive and insane. We’d rather have a few scoops of fantastic ice cream than pay $1,000 to eat edible gold. But that’s just us.

From a cupcake with fruit caviar to a wedding cake that costs more than most cars, here are the nine most expensive desserts in the world. 

Krispy Kreme’s Luxe Doughnut

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Price: $1,682
Where: United Kingdom
Why so expensive? Sure, for this price you could buy 2,000 Krispy Kreme doughnuts. But those plebeian fried orbs don’t come with Dom Perignon 2002 champagne jelly, white chocolate flowers dusted with gold, edible diamonds, and 24-carat gold leaf and a cocktail on the side. Need further justification of the price tag? Some of the proceeds go towards charity, so there’s that. (Photo: Maxim)

Golden Opulence Sundae

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Price: $1,000
Where: Serendipity 3, New York, NY
Why so expensive? About 50 people a year order this Guinness World Record dessert, which must be requested two days in advance to allow for ingredient sourcing. For a cool $1,000, you get Tahitian Vanilla ice cream covered in 23-carat gold leaf, drizzled with Amedei Porcelana chocolate (real expensive), and topped with pieces of Venezuelan Chuao chocolate (also very, very expensive), gold-coated almonds, candied fruit flown in from Paris, and “sweet Grand Passion Caviar infused with passion fruit, orange and Armagnac,” according to the Daily Mail. And it’s all served in a crystal goblet, because, why not? (Photo: CNN)

Strawberries Arnaud

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Price: $1.4 million
Where: New Orleans, LA
Why so expensive? Also one of the most expensive fruits in the world, this bowl of strawberries comes with a 4.7-carat pink diamond ring. Because $1.4 million seems like a little too steep of a price point for just a ring and fruit, the 96-year old Arnaud’s restaurant in New Orleans French quarter also throws in a jazz ensemble band(Photo: Kit Wohl via MSN)

Fortress Stilt Fisherman’s Indulgence

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Price: $14,500
Where: Fortress Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka
Why so expensive? Apparently, garnishing desserts with gems is a thing. If the draw of this artfully composed sweet isn’t the gold Italian cassata leaf, pomegranate and mango compote seasoned with Dom Perignon Champagne, or the chocolate fisherman sculpture, it’s probably the 80-carat aquamarine stone it comes with. (Photo: Amazing and Weird)

Decadence D’Or Cupcake

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Price: $750
Where: Sweet Surrender, Las Vegas, NV
Why so expensive? Some are calling cupcakes a dying trend, but that doesn’t include the rich folks who are willing to shell out $800 for one. The Decadence D’Or cupcake is made from “Palmira Single Estate Chocolate derived from the rare and fragile Porcelana Criollo bean at the Valrhona plantation in Venezuela,” Eater reports, along with edible gold flakes, Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar, and 100-year-old Cognac. It’s also encased in blown sugar. (Photo: Las Vegas Blogs)

Platinum Wedding Cake

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Price: $130,000
Where: Japan
Why so expensive? Japanese pastry chef Nobue Ikara created this insanely-expensive wedding cake in 2007, dedicating it to famous Japanese women like models and actresses. The white cake came adorned with platinum necklaces, pendants, and pins, and was covered in edible platinum flakes. No word as to who got to actually eat the cake. (Photo: The Daily Meal)

The Golden Phoenix Cupcake

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Price: $1,000
Where: Bloomsbury’s Cupcakes, Dubai
Why so expensive? Turns out that spending $750 on a cupcake is child’s play in comparison to this beast of a 23-carat edible gold covered dessert. The chocolate cupcake, made with Amedei Porcelana chocolate and Ugandan vanilla beans, also comes topped with chocolate frosting and edible gold dust. You also get a couple chocolate covered strawberries and a golden spoon. (Photo: ABC News via Bloomsbury’s)

David’s Signature “Beyond Gourmet” Jelly Beans

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Price: $500
Where: United States
Why so expensive? Jelly Bean inventor and candy mogul David Klein created a new line of luxury, “exotic” jelly beans, which were apparently inspired by the creative geniuses José Andrés and Ferran Adrià The most expensive of the definitely too-pricey-for-Easter candies are the 24-carat gold leaf beans, which come in a crystal jar. (Photo: Leaf Brands)

Chocopologie by Knipschildt

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Price: $250/truffle; $2,600/lb
Where: Knipschildt, Norwalk, CT
Why so expensive? The one-percenters-only dark chocolate truffles have a French black truffle hidden inside and are made with a ganache of 70% Valrhona cacao blended with truffle oil. The truffle is hand-rolled before being dusted with cocoa powder and sold in a very fancy-looking box. (Photo: Rare Delights Magazine)


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