Pumpkin spice season is officially here. If you’re looking for more ways to indulge beyond just the standard latte, there is no shortage of options in the city. From donuts to cookies to cinnamon buns, the spicy, earthy deliciousness of pumpkin spice can be savoured in many ways thanks to some of Toronto’s most creative local bakeries. Make a point to check them out before the season is over.
Here are the best pumpkin baked goods in Toronto.
It’s the classic Bunner’s cinnamon bun, pumpkin spice-ified. So you get the gooey, doughy, sticky, buttercream-topped goodness of the bakery’s best-loved treat, with a seasonal twist. Choose between a mama or baby size. If cinnamon buns aren’t your thing, then you can pick up a pumpkin pie cheesecake bar, pumpkin pie scone, or pumpkin pie cupcake – all vegan, all gluten-free.
Bloomer’s handcrafted donuts may be some of the fluffiest and freshest in the city, and their pumpkin pie donut is no exception. It comes smothered in pumpkin glaze and pumpkin seeds, with a dollop of cream in the middle to complete the pumpkin pie experience. Like all other menu items, it is vegan.
These hearty, dark-chocolate-packed muffins are plant-based, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, so you can feel a little less guilty about having chocolate for breakfast. They’re also just one of the pumpkin-infused baked goods options on the fall menu, which also features pumpkin spice cupcakes, pumpkin spice donuts, tarts, and pies. Some items can be made keto, on request.
Baker / Entrepreneur Craig is best known for his chocolate chip cookie mashups which include candy bars, pop tarts, and other sweet surprises, but pumpkin lovers have surely just found their favourite with this pumpkin pie offering. It’s the classic family recipe chocolate chip cookie, soft, thick and puffy, wrapped around a hunk of pumpkin pie. You get the best of both worlds.
If regular pumpkin pie just feels a little too basic for your thanksgiving table, then get you a jacked-up version from the Rolling Pin, where the pies are anything but boring. The jacked-up twist on the classic comes with a graham crust, creamy spiced pumpkin filling, a salted caramel layer, whipped cream, and caramel drizzle, and is topped with roasted candied pecans. Or, you might go for a Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Meringue pie, which comes with a flaky all-butter crust, spiced pumpkin filling, and with a generous layer of dulce de leche topped with a mile of meringue. If you’re looking for a showstopper on your table, this is where to come.
The fall offerings at this award-winning Eglinton Way bakery will leave you inspired to entertain this season. Choose between a celebration-ready spiced pumpkin caramel cake, chocolate pumpkin cake, pumpkin bundt cake, and pumpkin cheesecake, and stock up on other pumpkin-spiced treats like pumpkin challah, rugulah, muffins, and more.
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