Sweet 220 Pastries & Specialty Cakes, a second-place winner in WDIV’s best cake category, is owned and operated by husband and wife Hass and Dalia Maki. The couple pours their baking energies into crafting classic flavors, such as vanilla buttercream and red velvet, and creative concoctions such as chocolate-caramel crunch, mint-chocolate chip, and lemon cream cheese.
In business since 1927, West Fenkell Bakery upholds a tradition of creating preservative-free breads, sweets, and sandwiches with an Italian spin. The staff bakes fresh bread each morning, complementing it with everything from stromboli, pizza, and Italian subs to cannoli, cookies, and cupcakes. Visitors can pick up favorites such as banana-nut sweetbread, creative sweets such as chocolate-peppermint Sicilian cannoli, or seasonal holiday breads.
Each week, pre-booked tours take kids into Mary Denning's kitchen, where they learn about the creation of various cakes, pies, cookies, and baked goods. In one corner of the bakery, they might see the baker using Mary's mother's recipe to stuff pasties with ground sirloin and veggies. In another, owner Mary Denning creates custom cakes for weddings and special occasions, using icing to sculpt intricate floral designs or replicas of the edible baseball caps worn by famous gingerbread athletes.
But the cake shop doesn’t just accommodate kids. Mary and her team want to share their sweet creations with as many people as possible, so they make sugar and gluten free desserts and—on select days—host baking classes.
The master bagel bakers at Detroit Bagel Factory bake appetite-provoking batches of bagels fresh each day, as they’ve done for more than half a century. Upon selecting a worthy entry from the bagel menu–stacked with varieties such as egg, everything, and blueberry–patrons can enjoy the famously versatile food in several manners such as slathering it with the shop’s homemade cream cheeses, pairing it with freshly brewed coffee, or infinitely searching for its end. At lunchtime, diners might trade cream cheese for deli fixings such as hot corned beef, baked ham, or tuna salad.