Online Bakeries in Metro Detroit to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

These six Instagram pop-ups and bakeries are worth checking out
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Photographs courtesy of Fig Detroit, Venla’s Detroit, and Goldenhour Bakeshop

If you’re craving something sweet, these six metro Detroit-based online bakeries have you covered. From creative cakes and cookies to chocolates and vegan treats, they’ve got a bit of everything.

Dooped Donuts

These handmade vegan donuts can be found at locations all around metro Detroit, from TJ’s Market in Commerce Township to Ferndale Project. For Pączki Day, Dooped Donuts has teamed up with Eastern Market Brewing to do a pairing of Pączki Blonde Ale brewed with vegan raspberry pączki and Bavarian cream. Because you can never have too much pączki. Dooped Donuts; @dooped.donuts

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Fig Detroit

If you’re looking for creative takes on vegan baked goods like croissants, cookie sandwiches, and custom cakes, this Detroit-based microbakery is worth checking out. It all started right in the home kitchens of Katelyn Wolcott and Bex Vickers, who were baking banana bread for friends and family. Early on they decided to go all vegan to reach as many people as possible. While they don’t have any pop-ups planned in the immediate future (keep an eye out for summer events) they take custom orders via DM on Instagram. Fig Detroit; fig-detroit.myshopify.com; @figdetroit

JP Makes and Bakes

Jonathan Peregrino worked for 15 years in the corporate world, doing sales and marketing for businesses, from a small privately owned dog food company to a major consumer products firm, before taking the plunge in 2018 to pursue his goal of working in the food industry. He enrolled in a baking program in the Philippines, where his family is from, and not long after returning to the U.S., landed a spot on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. Today he’s the pastry chef at Oak & Reel and also runs his own bakery JP Makes and Bakes. Among the offerings are Buttermilk Chocolate w/ Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Carrot Pecan Cake, and in a nod to his Filipino culture, an Ube (purple yam) Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting. JP Makes and Bakes; jpmakesandbakes.com; @jpmakesandbakes

Hip Hop Bakeshop

Cream (as in cream cheese and whipped cream) rules everything around this hip-hop-loving online bakery. Hip Hop Bake Shop was founded in 2017 by head baker and owner, Adela Bejo, who found a love of food and hip hop at a young age. While pursuing a degree and, subsequently, a career in psychology and criminal justice, Bejo baked in her spare time and it wasn’t long before she pursued her new passion on a more professional basis. She worked as a baker in Chicago before coming home to be the executive pastry chef at Grey Ghost. These days, she runs Hip Hop Bakeshop, bringing together her love of music and baking. Hip Hop Bakeshop’s menu includes classics like carrot cake and cinnamon rolls as well as unique offerings such as Wu-Tang Cookies. Hip Hop Bake Shop; hiphopbakeshop.com; @hiphopbakeshop

Venla’s Detroit

Based in Detroit’s Rosedale Park, Venla’s Detroit is a cottage bakery that specializes in whimsical and colorful cakes like the popular Confetti Dulce de Leche (vanilla confetti and chocolate cakes, dulce de leche filling, vanilla swiss buttercream), Do it for the Graham (chocolate and graham cracker cakes, marshmallow and salted milk chocolate ganache fillings, vanilla swiss buttercream), and the Banana Splitz (spiced banana cake, dark chocolate ganache and strawberry buttercream fillings, vanilla swiss buttercream). Founder Hanna Rose Nall, a graduate of Schoolcraft College’s pastry arts program, says her cake style comes from learning what she didn’t want to create. “I spent multiple years working in custom cakeries, where you could order anything from a character cake to a 3D sculpture. It’s very difficult to produce all of these styles well,” Nall says. “Much of our inspiration comes from vintage cake design: all things campy and kitschy.” Venla’s Detroit; venlasdetroit.com; @venlasdetroit

Goldenhour Bakeshop, @goldenhourbakeshop

Founded by Claire Bean, who works as a food product developer by day and scheming baker at night, Goldenhour Bakeshop is a cottage bakery located in Ferndale specializing in small cakes, pies, and pastries. Bean fostered a love of baking at a young age, leading her to study baking and pastry arts at Schoolcraft College and food science at Michigan State University. Cake flavors are creative twists on comfort food classics like the Banoffee (banana toffee cake, coffee buttercream, dulce de leche, graham crunch, chocolate shavings), Eton Mess (lemon cake, mascarpone whip, berry sauce, lemon curd, crushed meringue), and Malty (chocolate stout cake, malted vanilla buttercream, pretzel crunch, caramel sauce) to name a few. Goldenhour Bakeshop; goldenhourbakeshop.com; @goldenhourbakeshop

Louisa Detroit

This pop-up was founded by New Orleans transplants Brenna Welch and Mike Moeller right before the pandemic hit. The restaurant veterans started Louisa (named after a street they lived on in the Big Easy) as a way to enjoy their creative freedom and recipe test with seasonal Michigan ingredients, creating artfully decorated cakes with fun flavors like PB&J (peanut butter cake, concord grape and honey jam, burnt meringue salt buttercream). They also do savory menus, such as a recent dinner at Frame where they did A Réveillon dinner, with dishes like Pork and Apples, Sazerac Duck, and Oyster Stew. Louisa Detroit; @louisa.detroit

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