World's Strangest Desserts

Courtesy of Ciragan Palace Kempinki Istanbul

Let them eat cake. You’ve got these wonderfully bizarre desserts to try instead.

Sultan’s Golden Cake: Istanbul

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The five-star Ciragan Palace Hotel—an elaborate compound that the empire’s last sultans called home—serves an appropriately decadent dessert of figs, apricots, quince, and pear that have marinated in Jamaican rum for at least two years. It takes 72 hours to prepare this dish once requested, a process that includes the infusion of rare French Polynesian vanilla, a topping of caramelized black truffles, and a coating of 24-karat edible gold flakes. The cake, which looks more like a bar of gold by this point, is served in a sterling-silver box with a gold seal.

World's Strangest Desserts

Sultan’s Golden Cake: Istanbul

The five-star Ciragan Palace Hotel—an elaborate compound that the empire’s last sultans called home—serves an appropriately decadent dessert of figs, apricots, quince, and pear that have marinated in Jamaican rum for at least two years. It takes 72 hours to prepare this dish once requested, a process that includes the infusion of rare French Polynesian vanilla, a topping of caramelized black truffles, and a coating of 24-karat edible gold flakes. The cake, which looks more like a bar of gold by this point, is served in a sterling-silver box with a gold seal.

Courtesy of Ciragan Palace Kempinki Istanbul
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