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Craze or crazy? $900 cupcake is topped with gold

Aug. 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM ET

Image: Le Dolci bakery’s $900 cupcake
Courtesy Lisa Sanguedolce
Le Dolci bakery’s $900 cupcake is topped with gold.

The cupcake craze has come and gone. But the three-figure cupcake craze may be just beginning. A Toronto bakery recently whipped up a $900 cupcake for a customer who wanted to buy "something special" for his wife's 40th birthday. It's now offering the extravagant confection to the public. Created by Le Dolci bakery, the cupcake is made from an exotic list of curated ingredients — sea salt from Camargue, France, honey from Rosewood Estates Winery in Ontario, butter from Normandy, France — and is topped with 24-karat gold flakes, an edible gold-painted branch and confectionary bubbles made with a "molecular gastronomy" technique.

"He wanted something special and extreme," bakery owner Lisa Sanguedolce said. Sanguedolce and her team of bakers worked with the customer for weeks to find ingredients from places the couple had visited, including Italy, Hawaii and France, as well as things they liked, such as Krug Champagne. "When his wife saw it, she shrieked — the equivalent of someone unwrapping a pair of Louboutins," she said. "They ate it and said it was delicious."

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