You can’t have a birthday party unless sweet treats are a part of the celebration. Ann Arbor Family has curated some favorite spots around Washtenaw County that offer the ultimate desserts. From cake and pie to hand-made ice creams,
we’ve got your birthday boy or girl covered!
111 W. Michigan Ave., Saline
The scoop: Downtown Saline’s favorite spot for soft pretzels also bakes cakes for all occasions. Start with a custom decoration, then choose from 11 flavors, or you can pick a design from Benny’s web photo gallery.
Ordering: Call or email to place your order a week in advance. Near busy holidays, make sure to place your order two to three weeks in advance.
Pricing: Six-inch rounds start at $15. Price increases based on design, filling, and flavor.
Cakes by Rubina
1689 Plymouth Rd.
The scoop: Offering sculpted and tiered cakes along with traditional rounds, in any design you can dream up, Cakes by Rubina creates confections as tasty as they are beautiful. Popular flavors include fresh berries in whipped or vanilla buttercream, lemon berry cake and poached pear spice cake. Or enjoy a vegan, eggless, and gluten-free cake.
Ordering: Call 48 hours in advance to place an order and at least a week in advance for more complicated designs.
Pricing: Round cakes start at $29.99 for a six-inch layered design and increase based on size and complexity of design.
1305 Washtenaw Rd., Ypsilanti
The scoop: The most affordable bakery around, Dom’s tops its soft, light cakes with simple, sweet frosting. Pick from white, yellow, chocolate, cherry chip, or marble cake flavors. They also offer half-and-half flavors for sheet cakes. Pictures can be scanned onto the cake or you can pick a theme from a book of ideas.
Ordering: Call 48 hours in advance.
Pricing: Six-inch rounds start at $7 for a single-layer cake. Half sheets, $25.90, serve 25-30; full sheets, $41.90, serve 50-60.
119 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
The scoop: We’ve got a soft spot for this hidden Ypsilanti gem, known for perfect buttercream frosting that tops the most consistently moist and delicious cake. Tempting options include chocolate cake with fresh raspberries, white cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, strawberry cake with vanilla and strawberry buttercream, and chocolate with peanut butter.
Ordering: Call and be sure to leave a message a week in advance; a baker will call you back to discuss your order.
Pricing: Round six-inch double-layer cakes start at $20. Price increases with added fruit fillings and decorations. Sheet cakes serve 25-30 and start at $40.
3711 Plaza Dr.
The scoop: Ann Arbor’s best-known bakery offers beautiful buttercream and fondant cakes that are dependably delectable. In true Zingerman’s fashion, they will make any cake you want from a simple single or double-tier cake to elaborately carved 3D shapes.
Ordering: Simple cake orders can be placed 72 hours in advance. Cakes requiring more detail and design should be ordered several weeks in advance.
Pricing: Round six-inch double-layer cakes start at $20. 3D cakes start at $150.
Thinking Outside the (Cake) Box
Five Monkeys Bakery
The scoop: These beautiful and tasty cookies are hand-decorated, individually bagged, and delivered to your door. They’re nut-free, so partygoers with food allergies can be included in the celebration. Designs can match a party theme, replicate your child’s favorite artwork, or follow any wild whimsy.
Ordering: Place orders six weeks in advance via private message on Facebook.
Pricing: $2-$3 per cookie. Delivery to Ann Arbor and surrounding areas is free for 12+ cookies; tips are appreciated.
Sweet Dirt Ice Cream
The scoop: These French-style ice creams and sorbets are made with ingredients sourced and hand-picked from local farms. Bright, fresh flavors vary seasonally and there are always 20 flavors to tempt you. Big hits are rich brown butter, lemon verbena, kid-pleasing popcorn, and fruit-on-the-bottom buttermilk with homemade seasonal jam.
Ordering: Email firstname.lastname@example.org two weeks in advance. Pickup is from the Sweet Dirt Ice Cream cart at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market or Grange.
Pricing: Range from $3-$5 per serving.
Why Not Pie?
The scoop: Handmade peach, triple berry, local apple, and specialty pies are all available for home delivery. Custom lettering and decorations are available for added birthday flare. For an extra special treat pies can also be sent as a surprise gift.
Ordering: Place orders by filling out the form on the web page. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. You may pick up at Argus Farm Stop or downtown Ann Arbor.
Pricing: $18-$24 for nine-inch pies. Hand pies are $3 each with price breaks for half dozen and dozens. Delivery in Ann Arbor is $5, and tips are appreciated. Inquire about delivery to other areas.