Detroit Mom’s Guide to Sweet Treats In + Around Detroit


Maybe it is just me, but during the holiday season, give me all the cookies, cakes, and pies! I often blow the dust off of my stand mixer and get creative in my kitchen. My late grandmother’s Lemon Meringue recipe is a staple, and a Kentucky Derby Pie I’ve put my own twist on makes an appearance on my family’s table.

Sometimes, my sweet tooth has specific cravings–cravings for cookies, or cupcakes, or cakes that I have not yet mastered. If you’re looking to sweeten your holiday gathering, family dinner, or just a late-night craving, this list of places in and around Detroit will be your go-to. This list you can reference this holiday season for the special holiday treats, and beyond.

Here’s where to find sweet treats in + around Detroit!

Astoria Pastry Shop | Detroit + Royal Oak

Astoria offers a variety of special sweet treats from ice cream to decadent brownies. As a teen, I would venture to the Greektown location for their amazing oatmeal cookies (that they still offer!). In my adult years, I still get the cookie, and I now add in a lemon bar. It’s the perfect treat to myself. This is a one-stop shop kind of bakery, offering tarts, pastries, coffee, ice cream, and more.

Bakehouse 46 | Various Locations in Metro Detroit

With locations throughout Metro Detroit (Grosse Pointe, Birmingham, Rochester, Plymouth, and Ann Arbor), you are sure to be pleased with the sweet offerings from Bakehouse 46. Each location houses the wonderful donuts, ciders, jams, and more from Blake’s Cider Mill.

I love that they switch up their cupcake flavors monthly and offer all flavors in both mini and regular size. The minis are my go-to, and I have not had a disappointing flavor!

Cannelle | Detroit

These pastries are elevated and sure to impress any guest. The pastry offerings are like a work of art. The bakery is filled with fresh bread, croissants, and savory options. It’s so hard to pick a favorite here, but this is definitely a “treat yourself” type of bakery!

Grab something for yourself after you have strolled the Holiday Markets in Downtown Detroit. Locations are also in Birmingham and Ann Arbor.

For the Love Of Sugar | Detroit

It truly is hard to pick one favorite thing here at For the Love of Sugar. I had not experienced pillow-soft macarons until I discovered this midtown-based bakery. The celebration platter they offer allows you to pile on cookies, brownies, macarons, and/or their cake slices. You can order their cake by the slice, whole, or get one specially made with their brilliant artwork. The treats here will elevate any event you’re having!

Good Cakes & Bakes | Detroit 

This LGBTQIA+ and Black-owned bakery is known throughout Detroit for their vegan options. They also ship nationwide! They are known for their strawberry crunch cake. My favorite has to be the 7Up Cake. It is divine! 

Lush Yummies Pie Co. | Various Stores in Metro Detroit

Lush Yummies was crowned as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2020 and has solidified this local jewel as a national treasure. Known for their signature Lemon Butta Pie, you can find this Detroit-based brand in local Meijer stores, and on Saturdays during Eastern Market. They also ship nationwide.

My absolute favorite is their signature Lemon Butta Pie. For this holiday season, I plan to get my hands on their Peach Butta Caramel Cake that’s restocking December 22nd!

Modern Cone | St. Clair Shores

Just because it’s chilly, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cool treat. Modern Cone has an innovative selection and warm treats to also enjoy. My son is obsessed with the Ice Cream Nachos. Yes, you read that correctly. They are the only place I know that offers Ice Cream Nachos. You can build nachos or a stacker with the many delicious options they offer.

A staple of mine is the Lemon Cheesecake ice cream, but I almost always try any of their seasonal offerings. They will be closing in January to remodel, so get your ice cream while you can!

Sister Pie | Detroit

Their Peanut Butter Paprika cookies are Santa’s favorite in my house! They offer an amazing Champagne Chess pie during the holiday season as well. Other offerings include a sweet or savory option for scones, lunch options that change daily, and of course pie by the slice or whole. I’ve purchased the cookbook by the lovely owner, Lisa Ludwinski, for when I want to experiment in the kitchen! 

These are just a few places that offer a variety of treats. These treats can be quick pick-me-ups, or for guests during a festive gathering. Make sure you check them all out for their holiday offerings.

After you buy sweet treats this holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself! We have plenty of tips for taking care of yourself this holiday season.


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