New Orleans Hotel Celebrates the Queen's Birthday With a $90k Dessert
Fans of the English monarchy are in celebration mode today as they honor Elizabeth II's 90th birthday. While the official celebration won’t happen in the U.K. until June, one U.S. establishment is going above and beyond to mark the Queen's milestone by serving a $90,000 dessert.
The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans is offering The Queen’s Royal ‘Birthday’ Package to guests who are looking to experience the royal treatment during her season-long celebration.
While the package includes luxuries like a three-night stay in the two bedroom Presidential Suite, a four-hour private day at the spa, and a tour of the $8 million 18th-century British art collection, it’s an uber expensive dessert that takes the proverbial birthday cake.
So what exactly makes a sugary concoction worthy of an almost six-figure price tag? Pastry Chef Shun Li created an edible 24k gold-encrusted dark chocolate fondant cake with a raspberry and passion fruit sauce made with Cristal champagne. The sweet is then decorated with gold chocolate, gold covered strawberries, and a gold-and-chocolate crunch.
But, the crown jewel of the dessert is what’s on top: a dramatic ring featuring a 3.95-carat oval ruby that’s surrounded by 1.95 carats of diamonds, set in 18k white gold. The incredible piece is from M.S Rau Antiques, a French Quarter landmark and the home to remarkable antiques and objets d’art.
If eating $90k feels a bit overboard, guests can also celebrate with spirits. The hotel is offering the Queen’s Prerogative Cocktail, a variation of the Dubbonet Cocktail, which is Queen Elizabeth’s lunchtime drink every day.