5 Three Twins Mount Kilimanjaro Sundae: $60,000
Global warming is melting away the glacial ice of the world famous Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It’s estimated the ice fields along the mountain’s peak will be completely gone within the next 10 to 15 years. To raise awareness about climate change and its effect on the mountain, the founder of Three Twins Ice Cream, Neal Gottlieb, created the Mount Kilimanjaro sundae. Served at its summit, the ice cream is hand churned, using glacial ice from the mountain. Priced at $60,000 for one serving and $85,000 for two, money from each purchase is used to make a five-figure donation to an African environmental non-profit organization and includes first class airfare to Tanzania, 5-star accommodations, guided tour and souvenir T-shirt.
4 Platinum Cake: $140,000
To celebrate both the beauty of actresses Rinko Ki Kuchi and Chei Kumazawa and encourage women to wear platinum, Japanese pastry chef Nobue Ikara created the Platinum Cake. Laced in platinum necklaces, chains, pendants and edible foils, the stunning white cake is priced at $140,000.
3 Strawberries Arnaud: $1.4 Million
The third dessert on our list is the Strawberries Arnaud priced at $1.4 million. Created by New Orleans’ Arnaud Restaurant, this expensive dessert looks like an ordinary bowl of strawberries and cream at first glance. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice this dessert is anything but ordinary. Pre-soaked in wine, the strawberries are encrusted in 18 karat rose gold and 79 carats of white diamonds once owned by English financier Sir Ernest Cassel. The dessert is then topped with a 4.71-carat purple pink diamond. Now that’s a dessert too good to eat.
2 Diamond Christmas Cake: $1.7 Million
Receiving a fruitcake on Christmas is like catching the flu in winter. The two go hand in hand. However, you may think twice about throwing away Aunt Bee’s fruitcake or re-gifting it to your unsuspecting neighbor this holiday season if it arrives encrusted in diamonds—223 to be exact. Created by a Japanese pastry chef, the Diamond Christmas Cake is the second most expensive dessert in the world with a price tag of $1.7 million. On Christmas day, the two-layered hexagon-shaped fruitcake encrusted in 170 carats worth of diamonds debuted on the jewelry floor of Tokyo’s Takashimaya department store. Sold in 2005, the cake took six months to design and one month to bake.
1 Valentine Diamond Chocolate Cake: $5 Million
The most expensive dessert in the world is the Valentine Diamond Chocolate Cake priced at $5 million. One day, a Tokyo-based jeweler wanted to express his love for the continent of Africa, so he created a dark chocolate cake molded in its image—literally. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound special or worthy of a $5 million price tag, you’re right. However, when the jeweler sprinkled 2,000 diamonds on the lower portion of the cake, or southern tip of cake Africa, the dessert suddenly jumped in price…and notoriety. We’re just hoping blood diamonds weren’t used on this chocolate indulgence because it would be the saddest of ironies.
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