Best Over-the-Top Desserts in Metro Detroit That Kids Will Love

Try these crazy delicious over-the-top desserts in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Whether you’ve got an out of control sweet tooth or want to treat your kiddos to something really special, what’s more perfect than a unique dessert

These local eateries offer mind-blowing treats that will leave you in shock over their presentation, taste and overall abundance. Not to mention, the decadent desserts are perfect for a special occasion or for turning a dull day into a sweet one.

Just be warned — your eyes may be bigger than your stomach as you marvel at some of these giant treats. 


Note: Some of these locations might have seasonal hours. Please check ahead before heading out.

Macomb County

Choco Mania Cafe
Photo credit: Choco Mania Cafe

Macomb County have plenty of desserts to wow your kids. From giant sundae cups to delicious dessert pizza, the whole family will be happy with these choices.

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Choco Mania Cafe

This cute European cafe offers popular items like crepes, macarons and rolled ice cream. If that doesn’t sweeten the deal, then you have to try the Specialty Sundae cups. The ice cream sundae features toppings with big treats like Oreo cookies and strawberries. 

Street Sweets Bakery

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. 

Momma’s Dessert Bar

This Shelby Township spot has the most unique desserts we’ve seen! The Mom’s Spaghetti looks like the classic dish but it’s sweet featuring shaved vanilla ice cream, raspberry or strawberry sauce, Ferrero Rocher and white chocolate shavings. 

Modern Cone

Move over ice cream sundaes, the ice cream nachos at Modern Cone is our new favorite sweet treat! You’ll love to dip their waffle chips in the ice cream with sauces and toppings. Want more? Check out their ice cream flights, classic banana split and Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie Sundae. 

The Greedy Goat Ice Cream Cereal Bar

At The Greedy Goat, you’ll find plenty of unique ice cream flavors, but the women-owned ice cream shop is known for its cereal shakes and swirls. Pick your favorite ice cream and cereal flavors, then watch as they’re blended together to create your own custom treat.

Oakland County

Photo credit: Kitty’s Cheesecakes

If you’re looking for something sweet, Oakland County towns has plenty of options to make your day. 

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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.”

Dino’s Cookie Dough Bar

It’s Oakland County’s first cookie dough bar. Choose from 10 flavors of cookie dough and 16 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company ice cream. Create your own sundae, shakes or banana splits with liquid and dry toppings such as hot caramel, hot fudge, white chocolate chips, gummy bears, rainbow sprinkles and more.

Donut Bar + Coffee

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. 

iChillyn Café 

This sweet spot offers many over-the-top desserts such as crepes, Mexican churros, Freakshakes, chimney cinnamon soft serve, taco-rolled ice cream, Mochi Japanese ice cream, bubble waffles and more. Some of the crepe flavors are cannoli, s’more, caramel apple, banana sushi, dulce de leche, Oreo, biscoff, brownie sushi and pistachio custard. The Freakshakes come in flavors like cotton candy, strawberry cheesecake and Ferrero Rocher and for the Mexican Churros, you can have them made with white, milk or dark chocolate or stuffed with caramel or with vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

Kitty’s Cheesecakes & More

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. 

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. 

Treat Dreams

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. 

Washtenaw County

Photo credit: Cinnaholic

Look no further than these desserts spots in Washtenaw County to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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The products here are 100% vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free. Enjoy the create-your-own cinnamon rolls and other made-from-scratch treats like cookies, brownies and edible cookie dough at this bakery. Choose from more than 20 unique frosted cinnamon rolls, including flavors like “Cookie Monster,” “Campfire S’mores,” “Very Berry,” “Caramel Apple Pie” and “Shake, Rattle, & Roll.” 

Detroit Cookie Company

The cookie flavors rotate here often and they always have yummy seasonal flavors. If you want an over-the-top cookie, try the XL Stuffed cookies in flavors like Birthday Cake Stuffed and Brownie Cheesecake Stuffed. They also sell XL cookies and other flavored cookies like Raspberry Cheesecake Oreo, Banana Pudding, 8 Mile Mix, Cap’n Berry-o and more.

La Dolce Vita

Try this spot that specializes in gourmet desserts and pastries. Enjoy desserts like banana foster bread pudding, candy bar bomb, gelato & sorbet trio, mudslide cheesecake, brown butter lemon bar, blueberry almond crumb cake, German chocolate cake and caramel apple pie. If you pay with cash here, you will receive a special discount.

Mochinut Ann Arbor

Enjoy 21 flavors of mochi doughnuts including some unique flavors like strawberry funnel, churro, milk pebble and black sesame. It also sells mochinut-balls in flavors original, creme brulee, coffee, cookies and cream, strawberry and matcha.

M Street Baking Company

Technically in Livingston County, 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. 

Wayne County

Photo credit: JoJo’s Shake Bar

Detroit, Dearborn and other towns in Wayne County will help you decide the next dessert spot to check out with kids.

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Cheat Treats

While we certainly can try to be healthy with acai bowls and smoothies, there’s a reason this place is called Cheat Treats. The regular milkshakes come topped with favorites like Fruity Pebbles, Oreo cookies or Twix pieces. If you want to take it to the next level, you have to try one of the Freakshakes piled high with a combo of your favorite sweets.

Cold Truth

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. 

Cheat Treats Cafe

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 Water Ice Factory

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

Frozen Elephants

This ice cream shop is located inside the famous Ricky’s Sub Shop and specializes in hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, frozen custard and elephant ears. The elephant ear flavors include the Original with either powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, Black & White, Peanut Paradise, Strawberry Dreams and Pebbles & Cream. 

House of Chimney Cakes

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. 

JoJo’s ShakeBAR

These outrageous milkshakes come topped with cookie crumbles, cotton candy, marshmallows and so much more. Keep an eye out for their seasonal milkshakes, too.

La Gelati

Photo credit: La Gelati’s

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

Mangonadas Del Barrio

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. 

Mochi Dough and Bober Tea

 This nationwide chain is known for its premium Japanese doughnuts — mochi. The Dearborn location features a rotating menu of flavors like Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon Roll and Nutella. You can pair a doughnut with one of the milk teas or for the parents, a specialty latte.

JJ’s Custard Company

You can no doubt get your custard fix at this Dearborn ice cream spot. Make the treat even more exciting with either the Sweet Buns stuffed with ice cream, the “Wowffle” ice cream sandwiches or The Cookie Monster if you’re craving a classic ice cream cookie sandwich.

The Custard Hut

Photo credit: The Custard Hut

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

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