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15 Mouthwatering Detroit Vegan Bakeries & Ice Cream Spots

Updated February 25, 2024

Does your vegan sweet tooth have a hankering for a slice of decadent chocolate cake or maybe a creamy twist of chocolate soft serve? Well, if you’re in the Detroit area, you’re in luck!

No matter if it’s your birthday, Valentine’s Day, or just because there is a vegan dessert out there that you need to sink your teeth into! From oh-so-chic creamy little cheesecakes to mouth-puckering lemon bars and everything in between. Look no further for the best vegan bakeries and ice cream spots in Detroit!

The Best Vegan Bakeries & Dessert Spots in Detroit

No matter if you’re in the mood for a cute cupcake or plump donut, you’ll find it at one of these vegan or vegan-friendly Detroit sweet spots!

#1 Estella’s Vegan Cuisine & Desserts

19120 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223
One of the newest vegan bakeries in Detroit! Known for their lineup of house-made pound cakes in a variety of delicious flavors like carrot, turtle, lemon, red velvet, and more.

Honestly, these pound cakes are so good, even the staunchest dairy lover would have no idea it’s vegan! Aside from a slice of heaven cake (I mean, pound cake), their menu also features an assortment of muffins, sweetbreads, cookies, and more! Oh, and back to the pound cake, they also have a gluten-free version—hooray!

Credit: Estella’s Vegan Cuisine

#2 Planthropie

135 Pierce St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Looking for something oh-so-sophisticated but also absolutely delicious? Then look no further than Detroit’s only vegan dessert and cheese bar! These little works of cake art are organic, sugar-free, mostly gluten-free, and will delight your taste buds with an array of amazing flavors.

Their cake lineup is to-die-for. Honestly, I don’t know how people choose just one, but they are mini so I say you don’t have to choose just one (or two for that matter). Whatever you choose, don’t miss my favorite, Triple Raspberry Cacao, it has multiple layers of luscious white chocolate, fudge, and cashew cream — I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

mini vegan cheese cakes topped with fruit in a white box from planthropie in detroit

#3 Bon Bon Bon

441 W Canfield St Suite 12, Detroit, MI 48201
Forget those boring boxes of drugstore chocolates, this funky vegan-friendly chocolate shop is whipping up an array of handmade chocolates that will make you do a happy dance! While there are only three vegan chocolate flavors (hopefully they make more!), they are anything but average.

Grab yourself a Vegan Cutie Bon trio which comes with one each of Strawberry Balsamic (rich chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell with Strawberry confiture, balsamic reduction, and berry dust), The Rustler (Ranger cookie ganache with toasted coconut, dark chocolate drizzle, in a dark chocolate shell), and Pudge Brownie (dark chocolate sorghum walnut gianduja in a dark chocolate shell with alkalized cocoa powder).

#4 For the Love of Sugar

100 Erskine St, Detroit, MI 48201
With one forkful of their tender vanilla bean cake, you might just exclaim “for the love of sugar” in pure joy! This vegan-friendly bakery can whip up vegan creations of their signature cake flavors like chocolate or banana cake with peanut butter or cookie butter filling, but just make sure you order ahead of time!

If you’re not interested in getting a whole cake (which I’m not sure why), grab a few of their house-made vegan and gluten-free macarons or a pint of vegan chunky monkey ice cream (that would pair nicely with the cake if you ask me)!

for the love of sugar vegan cake detroit
Credit: For the Love of Sugar

#5 Conscious Café

14084 Lakeside Blvd N, Shelby Township, MI 48315
There is more than just piping hot cups of joe at this sustainable little coffee shop! Their menu features a sweet lineup of local desserts and treats from vegan pop-ups and businesses like Momma B’s, Avalon Bakery, LJ’s Classic Desserts, and more. Your coffee will pair nicely with an oatmeal cream pie, biscotti, shortbread bar, or maybe all three!? Go wild, I won’t tell. 

#6 Dooped Donuts

1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
You can’t skip a visit to Detroit’s only vegan donut shop! Their creative donut lineup is handmade every week and always features new and innovative flavors. One week you might fall in love with their sweet Coffee Crumble donut, and then the next, you can’t get enough of their Churro Chai! So I guess I’m saying you need to go more than once!

one large round vegan donut topped with sugar streusel in front of a to go cup of coffee in detroit

#7 Good Cakes and Bakes

19363 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
This vegan-friendly bakery has delighted the likes of Oprah, so you know it must be fantastic! Their menu always has a couple of vegan options like cupcakes, cake jars, cinnamon rolls (on the weekend), and much more! They can also whip you up a whole cake, just make sure you pre-order.

#8 Duck Donuts

2920 W Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48084
I would’ve never guessed in a million years that this donut franchise would be vegan-friendly! It’s one of the few times that I don’t mind being wrong. All of the donuts are made to order — start with the vegan vanilla cake base then go to town with an array of fun toppings like Oreos, sprinkles, cinnamon and sugar, and more. If you’re ordering more than a couple, be sure to order ahead of time.

duck donuts vegan assortment

#9 Blue Canary Confections

124 W 14 Mile Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009
This adorable little confection shop is the place to go to dazzle your sweetie with something special! Their lineup of bonbons are almost too beautiful to eat and there are multiple vegan options.

For a lover of pure chocolate, check out the Artemis (dark chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell) or for something bold try the High Priestess (dark chocolate balsamic and strawberry ganache in a dark chocolate shell). There are many amazing options!

The Best Spots for Vegan Ice Cream in Detroit

From super creamy vegan soft serve to handmade artisanal scoops, you’ll find plenty of options for vegan ice cream in Detroit.

#10 Cold Truth

4240 Cass Ave suite 100, Detroit, MI 48207
The cold truth is that this is hands down the best spot for vegan ice cream in Detroit — there I said it, I know I shouldn’t pick favorites, but… Seriously, the vegan soft serve creations at this Midtown spot are head-turning.

Indulge in creamy flavors like Mexican cocoa, lavender, chai, sweet cream, along with loads of others (they rotate regularly) then pile it high in a house-made gluten-free waffle cone with an assortment of fun toppings like Blue Moon drizzle, chocolate magic shell, Oreos, and more. They also have many special collaborations and creations throughout the season — don’t miss the ice cream tacos!

Cold Truth Detroit vegan soft serve ice cream cups

#11 The Golden Cone

207 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
This tiny little ice cream shop in downtown Royal Oak is easy to walk on by and not even notice (seriously, I’ve done it for years!). Open just for the spring and summer, vegans will be delighted with a lineup of multiple Guernsey vegan ice cream options like black cherry and butter pecan, as well as the fan-favorite, Dole Whip! The next time you’re wandering around downtown Royal Oak make sure you check it out!

Colden Cone vegan Ice Cream royal oak

#12 Treat Dreams

22965 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
How can you say no to a scoop (or two) of avocado chocolate chip!? You can’t, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg at this vegan-friendly ice cream shop. Their flavors rotate regularly to include seasonal flavors and always feature a mix of sorbets along with ice creams made with oat, coconut, and soy milk.

Aside from ice cream, they also have vegan cookies from D’vine Cookie Co.—these always pair nicely with a couple of scoops!

#13 House of Chimney Cakes

22737 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124
Waffle cones are so last year! You’ve got to get your hands on a sweet Chimney Cake! These fluffy sweet breads are like if a churro and donut decided to get married and then add ice cream to its relationship! What could be better?

The traditional Chimney Cake is vegan as is, and you can fill it up with pineapple or strawberry Dole Whip but the fun doesn’t end there! You can top it with a ton of delicious sweets like fresh fruit, Oreo crumbs, coconut, and more.

two vegan chimney cake cones filled with pineapple and strawberry dole whip from the house of chimney cakes in detroit
Credit: House of Chimney Cakes

#14 Milk and Froth

535 Griswold St Ste 112, Detroit, MI 48226
Right in the heart of downtown Detroit, you’ll find this vegan-friendly artisanal ice cream shop. All of their flavors are made in small batches without any artificial flavors, stabilizers, or colors.

Their menu always includes multiple ultra-creamy vegan flavors like roasted strawberry, peppermint patty, milk chocolate, and coffee and cream. On a warm day, grab a couple of scoops and head to the Riverfront for a lovely stroll.

two cups of vegan ice cream with coffee and strawberry flavors in detroit

#15 Ray’s Ice Cream

4233 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak, MI 48073
This old-fashioned ice cream shop has been serving the metro Detroit community since 1958! It’s one of the most popular spots to grab a couple of scoops all year round, and vegans aren’t left out of the fun. Their menu always includes a couple of vegan options like birthday cake, chocolate, and multiple sorbet options.

#16 Momma B’s Dessert Bar

56752 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township, MI
When you’re in Macomb County, there is no better place to go for vegan ice cream than Momma B’s! This family-run shop creates all its ice cream flavors by hand and doesn’t skimp on the vegan options. Depending on when you visit, you might find black cherry, cookies and cream, Blue Moon, cold brew, and many more! On top of ice cream, they usually have a few other vegan sweet treat options too.

Wait, one more thing! They also run a pizza shop next door that is vegan-friendly!

About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad