Though less devastating than banana-cream pies, cupcakes still provide effective suppressive fire during fancy dinner-party food fights attended by Larry, Curly, and/or Moe. Today's Groupon lets you lock and load with this smile-inducing ammunition: for $5, you get $10 worth of cupcakes, cookies, and more at Just Baked. Choose from locations in Royal Oak, Ann Arbor or Novi.
Just Baked boasts a menu brimming with a bounty of delectable delights expertly outfitted in a myriad of event-appropriate attire. More than 50 gourmet varieties grace the Just Baked display cases, with prices set at $2.95 for one, $5.50 for two, $12.50 for six, or $24 for a dozen. Original buttercream cupcakes are $2 for one, $8 for six, or $15 for a dozen. Pamper soft palates with the luxurious touch of red-velvet cheesecake, where an outer casing of rich red-velvet cake fortresses a creamy cheesecake center before a crown of cream-cheese frosting royally confirms its reign. In the Fat Elvis, a moist banana cake provides an edible bed for peanut-butter-buttercream pillows gingerly dipped in homemade ganache, and the cinnamon donut cupcake, like a mischievous leprechaun, snags the best out of breakfast with a cinnamon-sugar-doused donut cake that sparkles inside of otherwise dull stomachs. A bounty of baked goods provide sugary sustenance in the form of cookies, brownies, and magic bars, which pull a coin out of your ear after ingestion.
A red brick storefront encases a bright interior dotted with display cases of fresh baked goods and walls laden with whimsical images of sprinkle- and cherry-topped cupcakes. One of the friendly staff can aid in confection selection for upcoming occasions, such as birthdays, holidays, or time-travel send-off parties.
- Between nibbles of delicious and creative cupcakes, I chatted with Pam at her Royal Oak store and asked her how she got the idea for her business. – Beth Reeber Valone, Detroit News
- This is a lovely place. I don't go for fancy-pantsy cupcakes, but they have those, and they look lovely. – Molly K. on the Ann Arbor location, Yelp
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.