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.
cup.cake's brother-sister baking duo, Eva Watt and Leon Ochoa, handcraft a fresh batch of palate-friendly cupcakes daily in-house. Using the finest Michigan-made ingredients, they create a shifting menu of explosive flavor combinations that blow open vaults of hidden taste buds. Pick a polished classic or try one of the unexpected infusions, such as the minty mojito, the savory maple bacon, or the Almost Death by Chocolate ($2.75 each or $27 per dozen). For more adorable bites, order any cupcake in mini form ($1 each or $10 per dozen) and be ready to fight the urge to pinch its frosted cheeks. European palettes can also opt to partake of a scrumptious Parisian macaron, available in a variety of colors and flavors. Specially blended coffee, which is roasted locally by Chazzano Coffee, and a variety of lattes help complement cup.cake's crave-worthy creations and provide energy for hours of scholarly research into the evolutionary biology of the sprinkle.
You can check off a lot of groceries and errands from your list at Prince Valley Market. The market specializes in Mexican- and Latin-American groceries—there’s an in-house tortilleria that turns out handmade tortillas, for example. There’s a substantial produce section with locally raised veggies, as well as a bakery where you can order custom-made birthday cakes. Beyond standard grocery shopping, though, you can also take advantage of in-store convenience services such as cashing a check, buying stamps, sending packages, or converting loose coins into bills and coupons for shoulder massages.
The market is a one-stop shop for parties: colorful, custom-made cakes and treat-stuffed piñatas are available. You can even stop by the Baja Mexican Grill for a tasty lunch of carnitas, enchiladas, and rotisserie chicken.
Though it's not literally a city made out of yogurt, Yogurt City has enough flavors for residents of a small burg. The dessert eatery?whose motto is Easy, Healthy, Affordable?blankets the taste buds of its temporary residents with offerings such as angel food cake, cookies 'n' cream, pumpkin, and root beer float. Patrons choose their own from a rotating selection, later dolloping them with toppings in the form of fruit, candy, or a half-decadent mixture of the two.
Party Cakes’ expert bakers alchemize fresh ingredients into delectable baked goods topped with homemade vanilla or chocolate buttercream icing. Adorn fall feasts with a dozen autumn-themed cupcakes, embellished with chocolate acorns, sugary pumpkins, or candy-covered haystacks. Halloween-themed cupcakes brandish spooky ornamentation, such as spiders hunching over black-icing webs, perfect for holiday get-togethers or monthly meetings of arachnid enthusiasts.
Elwin & Company's bakers rise early every morning to bake fresh scones and other sweet treats, hosting quick breakfasts or leisurely morning lounging inside the European-style café. Presorted dozens of demi-scones mix and match 12 of the 36 varieties, such as raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon twist, and blueberry, to form a rag-tag troupe of dense delicacies ready to please taste buds at morning meetings or to console a group of fifth-grade girls at the end of their slumber party. For a lower calorie count, nibblers can sink teeth into fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb pastries. To wash down excess crumbs or the keys to the captured sweet treats' handcuffs, guests can relish in sips of steaming house coffee.