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 40 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as black forest cheesecake, pineapple upside down cake, and tiramisu. 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.
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.
Since 1918, Blak’s Bakery has prepared a large variety of sweet and savory 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.
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.