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The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Today: A Grand Cupcake

Check out a Toronto bakery’s gilded cupcake creation

Just as you thought the cupcake craze had finally crumbled, Le Dolci Bakery in Toronto presents what is thought to be the most expensive cupcake in the world, boasting a price tag of $900. The gourmet shop whipped up the sweet and sugary delight as a custom order for a man who wanted to impress his wife for her 40th birthday. 

“It was a collaboration of his own ideas and the things he and his wife loved, as well as our chef’s,” says Le Dolci owner Lisa Sanguedolce. “He really wanted something special for her.” 

The $900 cupcake

The $900 cupcake

Here’s what went into this tiny treat:

  • Kona Blue Mountain Coffee
  • Sea salt from Carmargue, France
  • Valrhona cocoa power and Tahitian vanilla beans
  • Pastry cream made with Krug Collection Brut Champagne
  • Rosewood Estate honey
  • Normandy butter made by a historic French butter cooperative
  •  70 percent Amedei Italian-made chocolate
  • A handmade, edible chocolate cup garnished with crunchy pearls and dusted with 24-karat gold flakes
  • An edible gold painted branch with leaves, fondant flowers edged in gold, edible sugar diamonds and delicate handmade champagne caviar bubbles
  • A pipette filled with limited edition Courvoisier to be drizzled on top

Sanguedolce told DuJour that the man’s wife was “totally surprised,” and they enjoyed every bite.



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