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5 Sweet Treats for Your Sweet Tooth

Posted on Tuesday, December 18 2012 in Dining

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Whether it’s cake, cookies or pastries you fancy, the Motor City has something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are some of the best places to get dessert in Detroit.

Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes says it all. Located on 9 Mile in Oak Park, you’ll find some of the world’s finest gourmet cheesecakes made entirely from scratch, by hand, from the best ingredients. They are irresistible — we dare you to stop at just one slice. We recommend trying one of their signature cheesecakes, such as Peteet’s Famous Sweet Potato Cheesecake, the Red Velvet Cheesecake, PB & J Cheesecake or maybe one of their flavors of the month (currently Egg Nog Cheesecake). Peteet’s also offers ice cream and other baked goods, but you haven’t lived until you’ve had Peteet’s Famous Cheesecakes.

Astoria Pastry Shop — with locations in downtown Detroit and Royal Oak — was established in 1971 by Greektown icon George Teftsis. Widely considered to be metro Detroit’s best bakery, Astoria Pastry Shop and its rich cakes, sweet custard rolls and authentic honey-walnut baklava are a rite of passage for many Detroiters. In addition to more than 100 types of pastries, Astoria also offers gourmet coffees and ice cream. Order online for quick and easy pick-up, or stop in for a piece of chocolate cheesecake with your sweetheart.

For the chocolate purist, try Gayle’s Chocolates, another Motor City institution. Gayle Harte started making handmade truffles in 1979, and her Royal Oak store still specializes in high-quality, small-batch chocolates today. Favorites include the signature milk chocolate cherry pecan bar, chocolate truffles and hand-molded chocolate novelties — like the store’s collection of solid chocolate shoes, which come in a variety of styles and flavors. Gayle’s also offers completely custom chocolates for weddings and corporate events.

If ice cream is your vice, Ferndale’s Treat Dreams can’t be beat. Having created more than 60 unique flavors of homemade ice cream since opening in 2010, Treat Dreams offers 12-14 hard ice creams, two to three sorbets, two to three frozen yogurts and one sugar-free ice cream daily. Some of their tastiest concoctions include Coconut Chai, Chocolate-Covered Potato Chip and Sunday Breakfast — maple ice cream with bits of waffles and bacon. Visit Treat Dreams on Facebook for their current flavor board. Don’t let the cold weather deter you — stop in for a cone of Salted Caramel Crunch and you’ll be dreaming sweetly. 

The Cupcake Station was the first cupcake shop in Michigan and remains one of the mitten state’s finest. With locations in Birmingham, Ferndale, Plymouth and Ann Arbor, the Cupcake Station offers 24 flavors of cupcakes made fresh daily. Try their infamous Bump-a-licious cupcakes, inspired by the Detroit tradition everyone loves best — Sanders Bumpy Cake. Tasty flavors such as Chocolate Cheesecake, Red Velvet and Banana Cream Pie harken back to beloved American desserts, making the Cupcake Station a surefire hit with any fan of classic confections.


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