511 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 248-931-1485; cakeambition.com
When Jessica Bouren started Cake Ambition at age 25 in 2010, many Detroiters felt they had to leave the city limits to get a specialty cake. Thanks to her, many of them can pick up custom confections right in town. In fact, Bouren says her business seems to be doubling every year. And Bouren has a reputation for tackling tough assignments with ease: She has made cakes in unusual shapes — such as an Air Jordan shoe, a pirate ship, a violin, and even Lionel Richie's head — and pulled it off with style.