Sugar, Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Declassified Guide to the Best Pumpkin Desserts in Austin

Change is in the air - nights are longer, mornings are crisper and sweaters are returning. Fall is back and better than ever with pumpkin spice. Skip the basic pumpkin spice latte and treat yourself to the best pumpkin desserts Austin has to offer. 

Story by Andrea Cos

The Pumpkinator: Hey Cupcake!

The Pumpkinator’s light cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with its rich pumpkin cupcake flavor. Photo by Audrey Marlett.

The Pumpkinator’s light cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with its rich pumpkin cupcake flavor. Photo by Audrey Marlett.

Every fall Hey Cupcake! features a seasonal creation: the Pumpkinator. Combining a medley of fall flavors in a small package, this pumpkin spice cupcake comes with graham cracker cream-cheese frosting and is a must.

 

Pumpkin Spice Cream Puff: Cream Whiskers

Cream Whiskers has a wide array of different cream flavors, including their delicious pumpkin spice flavor. Photo by Audrey Marlett.

Cream Whiskers has a wide array of different cream flavors, including their delicious pumpkin spice flavor. Photo by Audrey Marlett.

Cream Whiskers manages to capture the essence of pumpkin spice with a spin on the classic dessert. The Pumpkin Spice Cream Puff is a decadent cream puff with pumpkin-spiced whipped filling and cinnamon sugar powder as a topping.

 

Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts: Little Lucy’s

Little Lucy’s Mini Pumpkin Spiced Donuts are sold at the bright pink food truck with an array of sauces such as white chocolate and caramel to pair with the pastries. Photo by Brittany Mendez.

Little Lucy’s Mini Pumpkin Spiced Donuts are sold at the bright pink food truck with an array of sauces such as white chocolate and caramel to pair with the pastries. Photo by Brittany Mendez.

Little Lucy’s pumpkin spice donuts are covered with pumpkin pie spices and fried to soft perfection. You can choose from a variety of homemade dipping sauces to top your donut. These sauces include milk chocolate, white chocolate, caramel and raspberry. Nothing screams “fall” quite like getting a pink bag filled with pumpkin spiced goodness from this quaint trailer located at the edge of Rainey St.

 

Pumpkin Liege Waffles: Mary’s Pop Shop

Mary’s Pop Shop is getting into the festivities of this holiday season with pumpkin liege waffles. Photo by Miranda Chiechi.

Mary’s Pop Shop is getting into the festivities of this holiday season with pumpkin liege waffles. Photo by Miranda Chiechi.

Mary’s Pop Shop combines two favorites: pumpkin spice and waffles. The Pumpkin Liege Waffles at this north-campus café are made from homemade brioche dough and rolled in pearl sugar. To make it even more tempting, you can add cream-cheese whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake: Hopdoddy Burger Bar

The Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake is Hopdoddy’s beacon for fall spirit. Photo by Dorian McCradic.

The Pumpkin Cheesecake Shake is Hopdoddy’s beacon for fall spirit. Photo by Dorian McCradic.

Hopdoddy’s joins in on the pumpkin spirit with their brilliant pumpkin milkshake. The pumpkin cheesecake shake includes ice cream, spicy pumpkin butter, caramel sauce, sea salt, chipotle sugar and whipped cream. You can’t miss the most divine and creative milkshake of the season.

 

Hazel’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwich: Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Honest Ice Creams put a twist on the traditional ice cream sandwich this fall with their Hazel’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwich. Photo by Miranda Chiechi.

Lick Honest Ice Creams put a twist on the traditional ice cream sandwich this fall with their Hazel’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwich. Photo by Miranda Chiechi.

Lick Honest Ice Creams hit gold when they created Hazel’s Pumpkin Spice ice cream, a frozen treat that uses locally grown, roasted pumpkin enhanced with clove, a bit of cinnamon, and freshly-ground nutmeg. This flavor was inspired by the pumpkin pies the founder’s grandmother still bakes today. On a stroke of genius, they went a step further and created the ultimate fall dessert: an ice cream sandwich using their pumpkin pie ice-cream.

 

Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream: Sweet Ritual

Gluten free chocolate waffle cone with two scoops of pumpkin ice cream from sweet ritual. Photo courtesy of @sweetritual.

Gluten free chocolate waffle cone with two scoops of pumpkin ice cream from sweet ritual. Photo courtesy of @sweetritual.

Sweet Ritual’s pumpkin ice cream goes in the books as one Austin’s most flavorful seasonal desserts. This frozen delicacy is served in a gluten free chocolate waffle cone with two scoops of their pumpkin ice cream, toasted marshmallows and salted caramel sauce. Sweet Ritual’s goal is to make ice cream accessible to everyone by making it dairy free and often gluten free. Their vegan pumpkin-ice cream is a success.