German Chocolate Cake to Gelato: Worldly Desserts in the D

By: Ken Cross | April 17, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s favorite part of a meal is dessert. While there are an unlimited number of restaurants in southeast Michigan that offer up a variety of cuisine, what really counts when you’re craving something sweet is what is served after the entrée.

Since there are so many ways to dine globally in Metro Detroit, why not take advantage of that when it comes to dessert, too? Here are a few places where you can let your taste buds travel around the world at the dessert table right here in the D.

Spain/Mexico

Imperial, 22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, is known for its out of this world street tacos, but don’t forget dessert. The churros here are served hot and fresh, with a side of dulce de leche or chocolate dipping sauce. You can’t go wrong rounding out a meal with these.

Taqueria Mi Pueblo, 7278 Dix St., Detroit, is a local favorite for Mexican fare, and the three tiered restaurant serves up some excellent meals. After all the chips, guac and enchilada dust has settled, move on to the dessert menu. There are plenty of authentic desserts to choose from, including Flan (caramel-glazed custard pudding topped with Cool Whip and a cherry) and Pastel de Tres Leches (moist cake made with three varieties of milk).

Italy

Paesano, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, features seasonal menus throughout the year, and that includes desserts. The spring dessert menu at this Italian eatery includes decadent choices such as Assorted Biscotti (in double chocolate coconut and cinnamon vanilla almond flavors) and Our “Signature” Tiramisu (layers of rum and espresso-soaked ladyfingers layered with mascarpone, cocoa and chocolate). Seasonal White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl gelato is also on the menu.

Vito’s Bakery, 36578 Moravian, Clinton Twp., has been voted first place for “Best Bakery” and “Best Cannoli” of the metro Detroit Italian community in years past. Having said that, definitely try the Ricotta Cannoli (with red cherries on the ends) or regular Cannoli (with almonds on the ends).  Tiramisu is also on the menu, with two layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers layered with mascarpone and topped with cocoa.

Fred’s Ice Cream, 133 W. Main St., Northville, may not have much of an Italian ring to it, but the Michigan-made gelato served here comes in nearly 30 flavors. Not all flavors are in stock at once, but at any given time, you may find Bourbon Gingersnap, Cider and Donuts, Fresh Mango, Kahlua Tiramisu, Lemoncello, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Turkish Roast or Green Tea Chocolate available.

France

Pinwheel Bakery, 220 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, knows how to do macarons. There are always a few different flavors available for purchase on a daily basis (grab one with your coffee!), and if you have a special occasion coming up, put Pinwheel on speed dial. Large orders can be called in, and specialty orders can be made for parties and showers. Nothing says, “Yay! Let’s celebrate!” quite like a rainbow-filled bag of macarons. You can customize your own flavor, or choose from popular ones like chocolate, lemon, vanilla, apricot or raspberry.

Love and Buttercream, 3202 Crooks Rd., Royal Oak, is another great bakery for macarons, and it’s not too far from the first place on the list. Of the selection offered daily, you may find Chocolate Orange, Lavender, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Espresso, PB&J or Lemon Raspberry in the case. If you don’t see something you like, you can custom order a different colored shell. One more thing to check out: Macaron Trifles, which consist of layers of French macarons in a mason jar.

Germany

Papa Joe’s, 6900 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, is a gourmet market with an excellent dessert selection. Here, you’ll find German Chocolate Cake made with two layers of chocolate mousse, four layers of chocolate cake, German icing and chocolate cream. Simply put, heavenly.

Astoria Pastry Shop, with locations in Royal Oak and Detroit, serves just about every dessert under the sun, but save the rest for another time. Go for the German Chocolate Cake with layers of chocolate mousse and delicious frosting. Keep your eyes peeled for a German Chocolate Brownie, as well!

There you have it, Metro Detroiters! A few global desserts to choose from and you didn’t even need to go to the airport. No matter which of the desserts above you enjoy, try to do so in moderation—no one needs a sugar hangover this weekend in addition to the boozy kind.