Cafe serves up world’s ‘most expensive’ cupcake

A boutique cafe has produced what it claims is the world’s most expensive cupcake to mark its first store in Dubai.

Bloomsbury’s scoured the world to find the finest, most expensive ingredients for baking a cupcake to celebrate the launch of a store in The Dubai Mall.

It says the cupcake – dubbed the ‘Golden Phoenix’ – is worth a cool $1,010 (£648).

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The company’s founder, Shafeena Yusuff Ali, got her inspiration for the food concept from England’s cafe dining culture and the UK also provided two of the five main ingredients used in the cupcake.

Doves Farm organic flour and Rachel’s organic butter were both sourced from the UK, while Premium Amedei Porcelena cocoa from Italy, high quality vanilla beans from Uganda and a 23 carat gold edible gold sheet were also used in its production.

The Golden Phoenix was rolled in on a Villari 24 carat gold plated Maria Antoinette Princess Tea Trolley and presented on a 24 carat gold painted Empire Morning Cake Stand, making the total value of the presentation a rather obscene $28,000 (£14,750).

Vinay Lall, general manager of Tablez Food Company, which owns Bloomsbury’s, said it superseded all previous efforts to bake the most expensive cupcake as those before it were always incrusted with diamonds and other components that meant it couldn’t be eaten.

“That is why we decided that we would take the realistic approach and present the most expensive ‘edible’ cupcake in the world using the real meaning of the words ‘Let them eat Cake’,” he said.

Bloomsbury’s already has two stores in Abu Dhabi and together they sold more than 225,000 cupcakes last year. It intends to open more outlets in the Gulf.

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