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Dessert in Detroit

pehanna Feb 2, 2010 12:36 PM

Where is a great place to get dessert in Detroit (or maybe the nearby suburbs) especially cupcakes or large cakes. I'm thinking of getting some for a big party.


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    freddyeats Feb 4, 2010 11:04 AM

    Go back in time and try the Fancy Pastry Shop in Allen Park. It's a small shop and easy to miss. I think my family has been going here since the 1930s. The walnut torte is great. The gentleman/owner, who is the only person I ever see inside, gets excited if he thinks you are going to order a wedding cake. Make friends with him, and ask him if he made his own wedding cake--he did and he'll show you pictures. He'll usually offer you a piece of the subtle, but tasty Bishop Bread. The nut rolls and strudels are also very good. There are some refrigerated pastries in a case, that are okay, but I'd stick to the baked goods and tortes that I just mentioned.

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    1. re: freddyeats
      archfan Feb 4, 2010 10:10 PM

      You have to love a shop where the owner hands you a piece of pastry to gnaw on while you're making your selection. I often go to the Fancy Pastry Shop for their Hungarian pastries for the holidays. Their kalacs - a sweet bread with walnuts or poppy seed filling - are spot on. I also had a standing order for their Bishop's bread for work potlucks.

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      RedTop Feb 3, 2010 02:11 PM

      Not cupcakes. Not cakes. But Bommarito's Bakery on Greater Mack in St Clair Shores offers up a Cannoli that is blissful!

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        chowchowbrowncow Feb 3, 2010 11:03 AM

        If in the Livonia area Sweet Elite on 8 Mile, Just Baked for cupcakes on 7 Mile (also a location in Twelve Oaks Mall), or a wonderful little bakery, Heritage Bakery on 5 Mile.

        I have to agree with boagman regarding Astoria. I have purchased several items that fell very short of my expectations. If I do puchase anything it's their cookies or brownies. They have a turtle brownie that I thoroughly enjoy.

        1. JanPrimus Feb 3, 2010 09:26 AM

          Where are you located at? The natives are getting restless! :)

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            Fibber McGee Feb 3, 2010 05:16 AM

            Well, if Ann Arbor is nearby, I might as well plug Fox and Hound's Pastry Shop, the last remnant of the Bloomfield Hills mainstay. It's on Orchard Lake Road just South of Pontiac Trail in West Bloomfield. Never been disappointed.

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            1. re: Fibber McGee
              momskitchen Feb 3, 2010 08:55 AM

              Fibber - W. Bloomfield is a long way from Ann Arbor....

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                JanPrimus Feb 3, 2010 09:14 AM

                No further than I drive for my BBQ! :)

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                  Fibber McGee Feb 3, 2010 09:21 AM

                  Yet West Blomfield is closer to Detroit than Ann Arbor . . .

              2. coney with everything Feb 3, 2010 04:38 AM

                Give Thanks bakery in Rochester always has beautiful desserts in the pastry case.

                I've also enjoyed Holiday Market bakery offerings.

                Along the lines of Shatila, New Yasmeen makes some tasty Middle Eastern treats, and if you're not near Dearborn the International Market on Dequindre has a small selection.

                Not cupcakes, but Carnival Market on Walton in Pontiac has a variety of Mexican pastries 3 for a buck.

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                1. re: coney with everything
                  coney with everything Feb 4, 2010 03:27 AM

                  and I totally forgot about Ridley's Bakery Cafe in Troy.

                2. JanPrimus Feb 2, 2010 06:14 PM


                  My wife says that it was one of the best things she has ever had.

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                    boagman Feb 2, 2010 06:14 PM

                    My advice would be Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills. About half a year ago, I had what I can only describe as *the very best* dessert I've had in at least 5 years. Annanas Grigliatas (forgive me if it's spelled incorrectly) was simply an A+, all around. Spiced fresh pineapple slices which were grilled, and then served with their housemade ice cream which was covered in their rum-based caramel sauce. Had there not been other patrons there, I kid you not: I'd have licked the darned plate clean. As it was, I scraped every morsel off the plate that I could.

                    Expensive, yes, but so *totally* worth it.

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                      grouper Feb 2, 2010 04:07 PM

                      There's a place on Old Woodward in Birmingham called the Cupcake Station. Has many different flavors and sized of cupcakes.

                      1. momskitchen Feb 2, 2010 02:22 PM

                        Zingerman's Bakehouse....it's spendy though.

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                          Jim M Feb 2, 2010 12:54 PM

                          Depends exactly what you want, but Astoria Pastry Shop is a good place to start. Locations in Detroit Greektown and Royal Oak.


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                            rainsux Feb 2, 2010 02:11 PM

                            Consider Shatila Bakery in east Dearborn:


                            Dunno if they do cupcakes, but some of their cakes and ME desserts are over the top.

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                              boagman Feb 2, 2010 06:07 PM

                              I must be one of the onlyest people in the world that thinks that Astoria Bakery is overrated. I'm the first to admit that their presentation is first rate...everything they make is *so* pretty to look at. Every time I've had something to actually eat, though, it never lives up to the beautiful appearance. To me, taste is more important than presentation.

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                                interplanetjanet Feb 6, 2010 04:21 PM

                                Boagman, I think you're absolutely right

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