Don’t get us wrong: we love donuts. But every now and then, a person can get tired of the same old fare — particularly when it comes to baked goodies. If you’re a culinary explorer with a sweet tooth, you’ve no doubt been craving something a little off the beaten path. Well, look no further. We’ve taken a look at some of the most extravagant and exotic pastries found across the globe. Here you’ll find enough sugary sweetness to satisfy your every indulgence. Best of all, we’ve got all the information you need on how to sample these treats yourself. Get ready for an unforgettable food adventure that will have you embracing the sweet life — literally.
Kouign Amann – France
If you haven’t tried a kouign amann yet, you are sorely missing out. This Breton cake is buttery, flaky, and utterly delicious. It comes in an assortment of flavors and styles, from decadently sweet to deliciously savory. Although the pastry originally hails from the northwest region of France, some of the best in the world are available at the B. Patisserie in San Francisco, California. Select a variety of flavors to sample — for scientific purposes, of course.
Kueh Klepon – Indonesia
This sweet treat from Indonesia makes eating your greens tons of fun. Green-colored rice cakes are shaped into balls and then filled with liquid palm sugar. To finish off, fresh coconut is grated over the top. Kueh klepon is just one of the culinary delights offered up in Indonesia (but it may be our favorite). It’s an unexpected treat; you’ll be hard-pressed to stop eating after just a single one!
Kransekake – Norway
The signature cake of Norway (and with good reason), the Kransekake is usually reserved for special occasions. Made from a series of marzipan rings, the cake can be coated with icing, sprinkles, or chocolate for an added layer of decadence. Grab one for your next New Years’ Eve party and watch your guests go wild!
Cherpumple – United States
You may think you’ve tried every pastry concoction America has to offer, but have you tried the cherpumple? This turducken-esque pastry was originally the brainchild of humorist Charles Phoenix, who sought to create the most American of all desserts: cherry, pumpkin, and apple pie all crammed into one glorious cake. It’s the inception of desserts. It has to be seen (and tasted) to be believed. Although there are numerous places to try out this creation, HardCore Sweet Cupcakes in Connecticut has to be one of the best.
Lamington Cake – Australia
Head down under for a sweet taste you won’t soon forget. Lamington cake is as simple as it is tasty: cubes of sponge cake are dipped in chocolate sauce (or for the more adventurous, raspberry sauce). The sauce is allowed to soak into the sponge cake. Then it’s rolled in chopped up coconut for added texture and flavor. Some variations have an extra layer of jam inside for a delicious surprise.
Gulab Jamun – India
This incredibly popular dessert in India is a must-have for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. Small balls of dough are fried up and then soaked in sugar syrup. The syrup can be flavored with cardamon and rosewater for an extra burst of taste, and sometimes served with saffron or honey. Trust us, one bite of this sticky sweet treat is nowhere near enough.
Punschkrapfen – Austria
Think of it as Austria‘s take on the famous French petite fours — and get ready for a taste sensation. Punschkrapfen is made from sweet cake crumbs, rum, apricot jam, chocolate, and nougat. It’s all covered with a thick icing and charmingly decorated with chocolate swirls and bits of fruit. It’s a decadent delight and a true taste of European pastry cuisine.
What extravagant pastry are you dying to try?