Best Pumpkin Desserts in Austin

November 11, 2013

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It’s that time of the year again, when I become a little pumpkin obsessed. Restaurants and food trucks in Austin are presenting pumpkin cupcakes to pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin gelato; pumpkin cheesecake, even fried pumpkin pie!

Here’s a list of my favorite pumpkin sweets, sips, and savors across the city to ring in the fall season – and make your taste buds tingle too.

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Best Pumpkin Desserts in Austin

Pumpkin Pie Latte

Pumpkin Pie Latte | Stinson’s

Let’s face it, everyone’s favorite part about the holidays is the seasonal drinks. Skip the rush for the morning coffee and slow with a pumpkin pie latte at Stinson’s. Who says you can’t have a little indulgence before lunch?

Stinson’s Bistro: 4416 Burnet Rd (map); (512) 968-4970


Fried pumpkin pie, Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin, pumpkin desserts

Fried Pumpkin Pie | Second Bar + Kitchen

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Second Bar + Kitchen serves up a decadent fried pumpkin pie – the creamy filling and flaky crust with roasted pineapple ice cream and ginger snap soil is perfect for the season.

Second Bar + Kitchen: 200 Congress Ave (map); (512) 827-2750


Pumpkin Smoothie, Daily Juice

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie | Daily Juice

If you’re still thirsty for pumpkin you can drink, try the pumpkin smoothie at Daily Juice.

Daily Juice: multiple locations (map); (512) 243-6532 


Pumpkinator, Hey Cupcake, pumpkin cupcake

Pumpkinator | Hey Cupcake

You know autumn is in full swing when Hey Cupcake debuts the pumpkinator – a moist pumpkin spice cupcake with creamy cream-cheese frosting. Get it delivered in a super cute oven box!

Hey Cupcake: multiple locations (map); 512-476-cake; heycupcake.com


Pumpkin pie shake, P Terry's

Pumpkin Pie Shake | P Terry’s

What’s better than pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie in shake form. P Terry’s has created the ultimate mix of the holiday season with their original vanilla shake with a shot of pumpkin pie syrup topped off with fresh whipped cream!

P Terry’s: multiple locations (map); (512) 371-9975; pterrys.com


Spiced Pumpkin Doughnut's, Perla's Austin, doughnuts, pumpkin desserts

Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts | Perla’s

Pumpkin becomes a star dessert in Perla’s spiced pumpkin doughnuts. Accompanied by candy corn ice cream, pepita crisp, pickled cranberries and sage marshmallow.

Perla’s: 1400 S Congress Ave (map); (512) 291-7300; perlasaustin.com


Pumpkin Panna Cotta, Olive and June, Austin

Pumpkin Panna Cotta | Olive & June

Olive and June puts essence of fall on a plate with its pumpkin panna cotta with balsamic toffee, nutmeg, squash tuille, pumpkin yogurt crema, and salted caramel-balsamic gelato. It’s stunningly beautiful and a must try.

Olive and June: 3411 Glenview Ave (map); (512) 467-9898; oliveandjune-austin.com


Spiced caramelized pumpkin

Spiced Caramelized Pumpkin | Russian House

Truly a fall dessert. Spiced caramelized pumpkin, cookie, and pistachio ice cream is a nice sweet dessert from the chef at Russian House for this fall.

Russian House: 307 E 5th St (map); (512) 428-5442; russianhouseofaustin.com


Sweater Weather cocktail

Sweater Weather | Drink.Well

A festive cocktail that’s perfect for the chilly weather. Laird’s applejack, pumpkin mustard puree, blood orange juice, orgeat and aromatic bitters. Shake all ingredients and fine strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Drink.Well: 207 E 53rd St (map); (512) 614-6683; drinkwellaustin.com


Pumpkin latte

Pumpkin Latte | Picnik Austin

Nutritionally dense and delicious, this pumpkin latte is made with a base of grass-fed butter and MCT oil, sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger! With a little sugar and spice and everything nice – including the lovely ladies at Picnik – this latte is rich and satisfying, with, with a strong note of autumn.

Picnik Austin: 1700 S Lamar Blvd (map); 512) 827-8356; picnikaustin.com


Pumpkin Gelato

Pumpkin Gelato | Dolce Neve

Dolce Neve uses a few ingredients as possible with no additives in their homemade gelato. The sugar pumpkin gelato is made with sugar pumpkins from Taylor Farms, milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, locust bean flour (natural stabilizer) and amaretti di Saronno.

I had the pleasure of tasting the gelato before their shop opens in December. Stay tune on South 1st St!

Dolce Neve: 1713 S. 1st street (map); (512) 804-5568; dolcenevegelato.com


Roasted Pumpkin Shake

Roasted Pumpkin Shake | Hopdoddy

A Roasted Pumpkin Puree mixed with Graham Cracker Pieces. This Shake will Reminds you of what the Holiday season is all about. Pro Tip: Make it boozy with a shot of Baileys.

Hopdoddy: two locations (map); (512) 243-7505; hopdoddy.com


Uchiko Dessert


Orange gingerbread gelato | Uchiko

House made orange gingerbread gelato with pumpkin, honey, and toasted hazelnuts.

Uchiko: 4200 N Lamar Blvd (map); (512) 916-4808


Got a favorite pumpkin dish around town that we missed? Let us know in the comments.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.