In recent years, pumpkin fanatics have been looking forward to fall to enjoy the massive assortment of pumpkin-flavored treats: lattes, cupcakes, muffins, bread, ice cream and anything else that creative chefs want to offer. Tampa Bay is home to plenty of specialty shops that craft some of the finest pumpkin treats you’ll ever taste, leaving you looking forward to them all year long.
Le Macaron French Pastries
2223 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
The French macaron, not to be confused with the American macaroon, is a hand-made delicacy that is made from ground almonds and soft meringue. They are small enough to fit daintily in the palm of your hand, and are lightly crisp on the outside and smooth and creamy on the inside. During the fall season, Le Macaron creates a white chocolate pumpkin macaron filled with a sweet creamy center that is perfect for any pumpkin lover.
The Cupcake Spot
405 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Cupcake Spot opened its doors in December 2007 as the Bay Area’s first cupcake-only confectionery and has since sold over one million of its perfectly decadent treats. Every bit of each cupcake, from the icing to the filling, is made with high-quality, natural ingredients. Twenty of the cupcake flavors, such as Swirley Temple, Buckeye and S’mores, are available all year long, but for a couple of short months each year, pumpkin makes an appearance. Each rich, indulgent cupcake is topped with creamy frosting that will make you wish fall lasted a little longer.
Sweet Divas Chocolates
400 Beach Drive N.E., Suite 181
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Sweet Divas is more than just chocolate. This celebrated confectionery makes cupcakes, muffins, gourmet coffees and teas, artisan ice cream and more. During the autumn months, pumpkin spice muffins line the shelves, ready to be enjoyed on their own or as part of the “M&M Special” — a mimosa and muffin served on weekend mornings. If you love fall flavors, you can also sample the caramel apple muffin.
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3225 S. MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
Pané Rustica is a delightful Italian cafe and bakery that serves up authentic Italian specialties for lunch, dinner and dessert. During the holiday season, Pane Rustica offers the traditional dessert fare: holiday cookies, pecan pie and pumpkin pie and bread. But why stop there when you can have pumpkin cheesecake? This rich, creamy dessert has a crunchy graham cracker crust that is filled with cream cheese filling, with swirls of pumpkin pie mixed in. For $28, you can even buy a whole one to take home and share with the whole family.
Alessi Bakery and Catering
2909 W. Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33609
Alessi does some serious catering, from boxed lunches to group salads and fancy desserts. During the holiday season, pecan pies, decorated sugar cookies and pumpkin pies are made by the truckload waiting to go out to hungry businesses and families. One of the favorite holiday treats, however, is the pumpkin bread loaf. It’s more like a dessert than your average loaf of bread, so don’t plan on using it for your tuna sandwich. It makes a great quick breakfast when popped in the toaster oven and smeared with a little bit of cream cheese or jelly.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.