Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
Pastry pasha and eponymous epicurean Renee Pratt-Snively leads a team of chefs that craft gourmet cakes and cupcakes within the cute café confines of Renee's Fine Cakes. Baking bravado and attention to detail characterize the delicacies that hop out of Renee's oven, and the responsive staff caters to the dietary and culinary desires of customers. Dairy-free cupcakes get the lactose intolerant and indifferent into the fold, while sugar-shirking customers can get their dozen delights unencumbered by sucrose, fructose, glucose, or hippopotamusose. Soft pink walls, traditional pastry shop décor, and sweet-smelling stacks of fresh baked goods make Renee's a perfect place to munch on mini-masterpieces with friends or enjoy a quiet cappuccino.
Since 1918, Blak’s Bakery has prepared a large variety of sweet and savoury baked goods with care and ages-old know-how. Although the bakery is small in size, it is known for boxing approximately 24,000 paczki per year on Fat Tuesday—a feat that earned the attention of CBC News. In addition to paczki, the bakers create an array of goodies, such as mincemeat pies, 9-inch cakes, and breads, which are baked in the original 1918 Peterson brick-hearth oven instead of on the engine block of an overheated car.
With scrumptious baked goods and a tempting lineup of chilled beverages, Cinnabon provides a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with a indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the stores’ Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($10.99–$11.99, combo packs add $1, Pecanbons add $2). If your parched lips yearn for a cool beverage, revitalize the taste buds with a Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast ($3.69–$4.39). Caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a cup of Cinnabon’s rich coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up ($1.69–$1.99).
Dreamy chocolate cake. Cheesecake. Though these could be decadent items on a dessert menu at a fancy 9-star restaurant, they're actually frozen yogurt flavors at Yogurtopia. The frozen yogurt haven specializes in mouthwatering selections without high calories, allowing customers to snack guilt-free. After selecting a flavor, such as oatmeal cookie or the popular sea salt caramel, customers can decorate them with toppings such as fresh fruit, boba poppers, sliced almonds, and multi-colored sprinkles made from specially imported rainbows. They also feature other menu items, such as crepes, cupcakes, coffees, and lattes. And the dessert shop doesn't stop at rewarding taste buds—it also bolsters local organizations by providing a tasty space for a variety of fundraisers.
The 50 different toppings available at Yogurtown—which can include everything from strawberries and pineapple to Kit Kats—are changed each season. The self-serve shop's 10 yogurts, meanwhile, are made fresh to order and rotate weekly. Past offerings have ranged from reliable standbys such pumpkin to chocolate, which is free of fat. Yogurtown's treats can be enjoyed inside its cheery white-and-pink storefront, where live DJs occasionally spin a string of popular hits rather than just playing Britney Spears's "Yogurt Freak" on repeat.