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Slideshow: The World's Most Beautiful — but Insane — Hotels

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These surreal vacation stays around the world should have a home somewhere on your bucket list

The World's Most Beautiful — but Insane — Hotels

To truly amaze vacationers, some hotels go above and beyond to make each visitor’s stay memorable and inspiring. Every place on this list does just that, and each is insane in some way: its harmony with the environment it is surrounded by, its architecture, and/or its stunning bedroom views. From the treetop views of monkeys and wildlife from your room in the Peruvian Amazon, to sleeping with the fish in the divine waters of Tanzania, here are the 10 most beautiful but insane hotels around the world.

Attrap Reves Hotel: Allauch, France

Attrap Reves Hotel in Allauch, France, is also known as the “Bubble Hotel,” since that is what you’ll be sleeping in – a transparent bubble. From inside the bubble there is nothing obstructing your views of the outdoors, and you can sleep under the stars without having to worry about pesky bugs. The bubbles are made out of recycled material and are designed to be eco-friendly.

Glass Floor Udang House: Bali

In Bali there’s a century-old house that guests can stay in called Udang House. Above a natural freshwater shrimp pond, the Udang House at Bambu Indah Hotel features bedrooms with glass floors with clear views of the river fish and wildlife. The bathroom in each room also has a glass roof, with a shower that is half indoors and half outdoors, maintaining authenticity and balance between luxury and nature.

Golden Crown Levin Iglut: Levi, Finland

Golden Crown Levin Iglut is amazing for its peaceful, glass-ceiling igloos that have year-round views of the wonderful Arctic skies and northern lights. It is remotely located, with neither television nor Wi-Fi in the igloo, but is not far from the Levi resort and a restaurant that serves Nordic cuisine.

Jade Mountain: St. Lucia

Jade Mountain St. Lucia is a magical resort on the coastline with stunning architecture that compliments its natural surroundings. The rooms here are not only large and airy, but have no fourth wall, providing incredible views of the Caribbean. To top it off, each room has a private infinity pool you’ll never want to leave.

Les Cols Pavellons: Olot, Girona, Spain

This property in Olot, Girona, is near the Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve and only has five “pavilions” (as they call their rooms), each made entirely of glass and steel — the four walls around you and the floor below are all glass. There are no decorations, just a bed, nature’s serenity on the other side of the glass, and the sound of running water coming from the heated baths. This is the ideal stay for the minimalist traveler or a romantic couple’s getaway. What makes the stay here even better is the hotel’s Restaurant Les Cols, which has two Michelin stars.

Montana Magica Lodge: Patagonia, Chile

Montana Magica Lodge translates from Spanish to the Magic Mountain Lodge, and that is exactly what this hotel is. The building is shaped to look like a volcano and has water that falls from the top of it as opposed to lava (for obvious reasons). The mountain-like hotel has windows peeking out from all angles and moss growing on its surface, making it appear to be one with the forest. Oh, and did we mention it is only accessible by a swinging rope bridge? Hope you’re not afraid of heights.

Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge: South Africa

Created to be in harmony with the nature that surrounds it, Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge in South Africa is as beautiful as it is unique. Here you can doze off on a raised platform just above the wilderness and under the stars on their Star View Sleep-Out Hide, or stay in one of their eight private suites with glass walls that provide uninhibited views of your natural surroundings and the Marico River.

The Manta Resort: Pemba Island, Tanzania

Debatably the most insane hotel on this list, The Manta Resort gives you the opportunity to sleep isolated in the middle of the ocean, either under water or under the sky. Who needs an ocean sound machine when you’re submerged in the sea itself? The hotel room floats in the turquoise waters of Tanzania and has three levels to it, the first being under water with 360-degree views of the ocean’s reef fish (including squid and brightly colored Spanish dancer sea slugs). The second level is at sea level with an area for lounging around as well as a bathroom, and the third level is a top deck where you can stare up into the beautiful night sky without any light pollution surrounding you.

The Conrad: Maldives

Dining under the sea and swimming with whale sharks are just two of many things that make Conrad Maldives Rangali a surreal stay. The Conrad has various suite styles, but some of the most insane are their Superior and Deluxe Water Villas. These villas are directly above the water with private views to the open ocean, and either a personal outdoor whirlpool bath or an outdoor pool — depending on which villa you chose — to enjoy.

Treehouse Lodge Resort: Iquitos, Peru

Fulfilling all your childhood dreams in luxury is the Treehouse Lodge Resort in Iquitos, Peru. Without any walls you become one with the Peruvian Amazon but won’t have to give up the comforts of a mattress, fresh linens, or amenities like running water.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


29 Insanely Decadent Desserts You Should Probably Only Make Once Every 4 Years

Leap Day only happens once every four years, so use it as an opportunity to make something so crazy-indulgent that you’ll be totally satisfied until the next Leap Day rolls around. Here, our best, butteriest, chocolatiest, most frosting-packed dessert recipes to make on Leap Day.

1. Chocolate Blackout Cake
Pastry star Gale Gand layers her phenomenal, high-rising cake with an intensely chocolaty custard and coats it with cake crumbs.

2. Once-A-Year Cheesecake Ice Cream
With cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, this is perhaps the most decadent ice cream you can make.

3. Salted Caramel Pie
Yup, that whole upper layer is whipped cream.

4. Butterscotch Sticky Buns
Described by its creator as "over-the-top, sticky, gooey goodness."

6. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Banana Splits
Caramelize your bananas for better splits.

7. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
These are ACTUALLY better than Oreos.

8. Hazelnut, Nutella and Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bonus: Alain Ducasse invented these things.

9. Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
The pastry chef who created this gorgeous thing calls it "the beast."

10. Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch
When the Test Kitchen was working on this recipe, F&W staff gained many pounds.

11. Caramel-Croissant Pudding
Think bread pudding—only so much more luxurious.

12. Chocolate Truffle Layer Cake
This super-fudgy cake is layered with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache.

13. Chocolate-Glazed Boston Cream Whoopie Pies
Go ahead, give these pies a double-hit of chocolate glaze.

If your mom’s a seafood-lover, there’s really no excuse not to take a roadtrip to Boston. The list of fantastic restaurants is nearly endless, with B&G Oysters, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Via Matta, Hungry Mother, Toro, and so many more options waiting for you. Hoping to impress with something a little fancier? Try Blue Ginger, Craigie on Main, or Oleana𠅊ll will leave your mom feeling truly celebrated and loved. With all the awesome deals on hotels being offered right now, you really have no excuse not to make the trek.

14. Chocolate-Cookie Crunch Trifle
Any cookie will do in this messy, gooey dessert.

15. Banoffee Pie
Banana plus toffee equals banoffee!

16. Caramel Cream Pie with Crispy Rice Topping
Humble ingredients like puffed rice cereal and graham crackers are the core of this surprisingly luxe dessert.

17. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

18. Chocolate Pots
Chef Jamie Oliver likes to serve this silky dessert in espresso cups. But it’s Leap Day, so go crazy and opt for a full-sized coffee cup instead.

19. Jumbo Brownies
If you love chocolate, butter and walnuts, you’ll love these magnificent brownies.

21. Brownie Cake Sundaes with Pecan-Ice Cream Balls
Instead of making his brownies in one big pan, Atlanta chef Ford Fry bakes them in muffin cups, so each one has the perfect ratio of crusty outside to moist, fudgy interior.

22. Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling
These tender chocolate cupcakes have a gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter filling.

23. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence from pastry.

24. Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
When chef Jonathon Sawyer first added this dessert to the menu at Greenhouse Tavern, the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced.

25. Giant Black-and-White Layer Cake
This is a giant, crowd-pleasing cake.

26. Sacher Torte
An Austrian classic that anyone will love.

27. Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Here’s a great recipe for a cheater’s cheesecake.

28. Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
In her update of the classic chocolate Hostess cupcake, Chicago pastry chef Mindy Segal uses mascarpone in the rich and creamy filling.

29. Puff Au Chocolat
This dessert gets a double-dose of chocolate from both dark- and milk-chocolate ganache.


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