Unique Desserts to Try Before Summer Ends

Looking to treat the kids before the hectic school season begins? Try these crazy delicious over-the-top desserts in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Summer dreams ripped at the seams but oh those summer delights!

Summer has this incredible power of going by unbelievably fast but feeling unbelievably long and what’s on everyone’s mind is savoring the moments before life picks up where it left off. 

With school fast approaching, and summer taking its leave, stress is at an all-time high for everyone involved — and what’s a more perfect remedy than unique desserts

These local eateries offer mind-blowing treats that will leave you in shock over presentation, taste and overall abundance. From milkshakes with whole cupcakes and Pop-Tarts sticking out the top from M Street Baking Company and Swedish Fish flavored ice from Detroit’s Water Ice to Ice Cream Sammies from Detroit Cookie Co. and massive cones from Treat Dreams, it has never been easier or tastier to take a moment to yourself and indulge in the little things.

Beauty School Dropout at Pinky’s Royal Oak 

Get your fill of sweet, sugary goodness in the form of cotton candy piled high on the head of a mannequin. The cocktails and full menu make this spot a perfect pick for date night. 

Cannelle Detroit’s St Honorè

Described by pastry chef Matt Knio as “almost too pretty to eat”, the St. Honorè is just that. Named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, the St Honorè is a puff pastry cake that is decadent and light.

Cold Truth’s Vegan Soft Serve 

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Photo credit: Cold Truth

Vegan families get their fill of dairy-free soft serve at this local spot. Try The vegan cereal killer, which is topped with gluten-free and vegan caramelize cornflakes or Fruity Pebbles. They have non-vegan options (including a Superman soft serve), ice cream sandwiches, ice ream tacos and more. 

Freakshakes at Cheat Treats 

The “Freakshakes” at this spot come piled high with cookies, cereals, marshmallows and other toppings of your choosing. They offer smoothy bowls, cookies, Kunafa and more, too! 

Detroit Cookie Co. Ice Cream Sammies 

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Photo credit: Detroit Cookie Company

Enjoy your favorite ice cream flavors smooshed between two soft and decadent cookies. Plus, try unique cookie flavors including the “Big 3,” which feature Better Made potato chips, Michigan dried cherries and chocolate chips or the “Peanut Butter Volcano.”

Detroit Water Ice’s Water Ice 

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Photo credit: Detroit Water Ice

With unique flavors such as Swedish Fish, and PB & J, and Salted Margarita, there’s something for everyone.  

Donut Bar + Coffee’s Fruity Pebbles Donut 

While we recommend trying the Fruity Pebbles donut, there’s so many options to choose from. From gluten-free bumpy cake to snickers and even Oreo, there’s something for everyone. 

For The Love of Sugar’s Honey Lavender Macaron

This vibrant and luxurious ice cream has macaron shells mixed in for an Instagram-worthy experience. As tasty as it is aesthetically pleasing, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for what flavors they come up with next. 

House of Chimney Cakes’ Chimney Cakes 

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Photo credit: House of Chimney Cakes

Chimney cakes come in traditional flavors like glaze and cinnamon sugar or premium options such as coconut, Oreo, Fruity Pebbles and pistachio. With or without ice cream. Add whatever filling and toppings you’d like. 

Kitty’s Cheesecakes & More’s Superman Cheesecake

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Photo credit: Kitty’s Cheesecakes

This marbled cheesecake is nostalgic and fun. With its red, blue and yellow swirls that mimic the beloved Superman ice cream, you’ll be as transfixed by the taste as you are with the design. 

Kookys N Cream Cookie Cream 

Is is a cookie? Is it a bowl of ice cream? Truth is, it’s both and neither! Try a cup of the unique cookie cream or choose from other treats including cookies, cakes and more.

La Gelati’s Nutella Sushi Tray 

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Photo credit: La Gelati’s

Think sushi but much sweeter — think Nutella spread over cinnamon rolls with frosting on top. Plus, smoothies, soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, crepes and more. 

Mangonadas Del Barrio’s Bionico

This combination of strawberries, coconut, pecans, granola, and cream is the Starbucks Pink Drink’s edible counterpart. Equal parts pretty and delicious, this treat isn’t something you should miss. 

M Street Baking Company’s Milkshakes

Photo credit: M Street Baking Company

These mind-blowing milkshakes come in a variety of flavors such as Oreo Party, Fruity Pebble, S’mores and more. With toasted marshmallows, Pop-Tarts, cotton candy and Oreos sticking out the top, you really are getting the full flavor experience. 

Pagos Ice Cream Rolls 

You won’t get a scoop at this ice cream shop. Instead, you’ll get a roll of ice cream filled with the delicious topping of your choosing. Bubble tea, too. 

Street Sweets’s Dessert Pizza

Small-batch, fresh, handcrafted desserts and pasties is the name of the game at this shop. They offer liquid nitrogen ice cream, dessert pizza and waffle pops. Plus tea, baklava and even gluten-free options. 

Sweet Heather Anne’s Buttercream Cake

This elegant, flower-dressed cake is enough to make anyone feel like a princess. With a delicate painted texture, this cake is an indulgence towards the finer things in life. 

The Custard Co’s Loaded Cones 

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Photo credit: The Custard Company

A soft-serve ice cream cone with a delicious surprise on the inside? Yes, please! Choose from sprinkles, jelly, caramel and other sweet filling options. They offer custard sandwiches and coolers, too. 

The Custard Hut’s Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Photo credit: The Custard Hut

Try the delicious custard in a sweet sandwich topped with Nutella, strawberries, cereal and other toppings of your choice. 

Treat Dreams Ferndale’s Massive Cones and Sundaes

Enjoy a scoop, or two, or three of delicious ice cream piled high on a cone. Choose from toppings such as Oreos or cake crumbles — and don’t forget to taste their ice cream sandwiches, too. 

Zingermans Bakehouse’s Summer Squeeze Ice Cream Cake

Two layers of fluffy vanilla chiffon cake and strawberry ice cream surround a generous coating of lemon curd. The whole cake is covered with a light layer of strawberry buttercream and a white chocolate lemon mirror glaze for the perfect summer delight. 

Do you know of any crazy over-the-top desserts in metro Detroit or Ann Arbor? Share them with us in the comments. 

This post was originally published in 2020 and is updated regularly. 


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