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!
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 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 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 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
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 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
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.