Online Bakeries in Metro Detroit to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

These five Instagram pop-ups and bakeries are worth checking out.
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Photograph courtesy of Dooped Donuts

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 Sabbath Coffee Roasters in Clawson to Ferndale Project. Donuts come in flavors like cocoa crispies, maple bac’n, strawberry basil matcha, hibiscus pineapple, chocolate sprinkle, and many others. The also sell coffee, baked products for dogs, and vegan pączki for Pączki DayDooped Donuts; @dooped.donuts

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 — Hour Detroit’s 2022 Restaurant of the Year — and also runs his own bakery JP Makes and Bakes. Among the offerings are Buttermilk Chocolate with 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, sea salt dulce de leche filling, vanilla swiss icing and confetti mini cookies), and Matcha Pistachio (matcha vanilla bean cake with dark chocolate sea salt ganache, roasted pistachio and matcha Swiss icing). 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

This cottage bakery located in Ferndale specializes in small cakes, pies, and pastries. Owner Claire 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 24 Karat (carrot cake with bourbon-soaked raisins, salted caramel, candied pecans, and cream cheese buttercream) and the Ultimate Bday (confetti cake with chocolate fudge filling, vanilla buttercream, chocolate drip and homemade sprinkles), 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. They also do savory menus, such as a recent dinner at Babo Detroit where they served chicory salad, hush puppies, pork collar, steak frites, and more. Louisa Detroit; @louisa.detroit.

This post was originally published in 2022 and is updated regularly.