A hotel in New Orleans is paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a special birthday dessert. The British monarch celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21 and will celebrate her official summer birthday next week in weeklong festivities. Besides, she reached another milestone on Thursday, by marking the 63rd anniversary of her coronation.
So as a tribute, the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans is offering a special birthday package to guests who want to experience a royal treatment. The highlight of the package is a 24-carat gold encrusted dark chocolate cake created by Pastry Chef Shun Li. The dessert comes with a whopping price tag of $90,000.
The dark chocolate fondant cake features a raspberry and passion fruit sauce made with Cristal champagne. It is decorated with gold chocolate, gold-covered strawberries and a gold-dusted chocolate crunch. However, this is not all, as the crown jewel of the dessert is the topper.
The cake is topped with a ring featuring a 3.95-carat oval ruby, 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. Besides, the hotel is also offering a “Queen's Royal Birthday Package” for $119,260, which includes three nights in the penthouse suite, afternoon royal tea, spa pampering and the $90,000 dessert.
The luxury European-style hotel, inspired by the Windsor Castle, is also offering the Queen’s Prerogative Cocktail, a variation of the Dubonnet Cocktail, the queen's lunchtime drink.
Meanwhile, former royal chef Darren McGrady, the author of “Eating Royally,” has collaborated with the Savoy in London to create a special menu, “A Royal Afternoon Tea,” to celebrate the queen’s official birthday in June, which will be hosted from June 9. The Texas-based chef told Hello magazine that guests will be treated to the queen’s favorite dishes including jam pennies and chocolate biscuit cake.
Darren, who is a Nottingham native, will make an appearance at his former workplace on Trooping the Colour, the official annual celebration of the queen's birthday, which will fall on June 11 this year.