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.
Inside Sinful Sweeties, plumes of flour waft through the air, where they mingle with the tantalizing aroma of sugar. In this heady mix, bakers wait patiently for sweetened batter to rise into cakes, cookies, and other from-scratch goodies. The bakery gives clients a saccharine assist when celebrating birthdays, weddings, and talking their way out of a speeding ticket. Customers can order up party-starting quantities of gourmet cupcakes, homemade brownies, and specialty cakes. But it's not all baked goods at this shop—a selection of assorted candies subdues sweet teeth experiencing withdrawal, and rich smoothies provide daily doses of fruit and ice. Sinful Sweeties can deliver its handcrafted goodies to downtown Detroit, and the east and west sides of Detroit, Southfield, Birmingham, and Hamtramck.
Since leaving the world of banking in 2010 to open Treat Dreams, founder Scott Moloney?a self-proclaimed ?mad scientist of ice cream? according to an article in Hour Detroit?has dazzled area taste buds with his roster of more than 280 flavors. Eschewing traditional tastes for unconventional flavors and exotic combinations such as rose petal, brown-sugar ham, and pistachio wasabi, Scott handcrafts each batch of cone-dwelling treats onsite to ensure freshness and maintain artistic control over his masterpieces.
Scott strives to support the community at large by forging his icy wares from locally sourced ingredients and the carboys of Jack Frost's personal ice cellar. Eager to sate the appetites of all who pass through his doors, Scott caters to dietary restrictions by whipping up batches of lactose-free sorbets and vegan ice creams made with rice or coconut milk.
Strawberry Moon's menu serves up freshly baked bread and pastries made from organic flour plucked straight from the vine. Lovers of loaves can opt for breads ranging from classics such as honey whole wheat ($3.89) to game-changing explosions of flour-flecked flavor such as jalapeño cheddar ($5.89). Dessert desirers need look no further than the pastries, muffins, and cookies—including the bakery's namesake, a crescent confection topped with pink icing—lining the bakery's shelves. Despite the sweet-tooth façade put up by Strawberry Moon, a streak of eclectic edibles runs through the fare, as sandwiches and pizzas also populate the menu. Gourmet pizzas include the Full Moon ($15.19 for a 14-inch pizza), a flavorful caravan of meats, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and pineapple, and the Julius C ($15.09 for a 14-inch pizza), a satisfying slab of creamy Caesar sauce, mozzarella, romano, grilled chicken, and fresh tomato. Oven-baked sandwiches of note include a cucumber sandwich ($6.19) with wasabi and Swiss cheese, and the Funky Monkey ($4.89), where banana and honey ride a groovy bass line of organic peanut butter.
Customers kick back in sea-green adirondack chairs at Easy Like Sundae, where everything is just a little more laid back. Classic wainscoting and tabletops add character in the brightly painted space, with walls in colors that seem to match the frozen yogurt flavors. Lined up along a sunshine yellow wall are the self-serve stations, where customers pull levers to dispense one of 10 rotating flavors into bowls or impatient mouths. The toppings station boasts more than 60 varieties of nuts, candies, and other morsels to decorate yogurt creations. The parlor also stocks vegan and non-dairy options, as well as coffee drinks and smoothies.
Thanks to Love Bites, snacking doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. The company's creamy, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate almond butter bars only look and taste indulgent?in reality, they're packed full of nutritional benefits. Each two-ounce square is made with only six ingredients?including yogurt, cinnamon, and real dark chocolate?and each weighs in at only 140 calories with 15 grams of protein. Best of all, the treats contain no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, which means customers will want to store them in their refrigerators or directly inside their mouths.