Pumped Up

1. Mark your calendar!

A delicious, sweet cupcake can make any Tuesday feel like a Friday. Stop by Twist Cupcakes on a Tuesday for their flavorful maple pumpkin variety. A generous icing topping makes this festive autumn dessert an absolute splurge.

Twist Cupcakes • 9 Du Rhu Dr. 287-0323 

2. With the pumpkin on top

Have a warm, home-style midday meal with an array of fall veggies and gourds. The pecan-crusted chicken includes butternut squash ravioli and a pumpkin and brown sugar puree that adds a hearty yet sugary touch to the dish. 

Dumbwaiter Restaurant • 167 Dauphin St. 445-3802

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3. We’re on a roll!

This made-from-scratch pumpkin roll-up cake is the culinary embodiment of fall. Boar’s Head cream cheese is slathered on warm spongey pumpkin cake with B & B pecans dotted throughout for a welcome crunch. Topped with powdered sugar, this signature pastry satisfies hundreds of pumpkin lovers every fall.

Two Sisters Bakery and Deli • 19452 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 517-0622

4. Heartwarming ice cream

Make a fall beach trip for a smooth pumpkin milkshake. Made with real pumpkin, nutmeg and Mexican vanilla extract, the orange-hued shake comes topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Splurge and try their pumpkin white chocolate chip ice cream, too, made by Cammie’s Old Dutch. 

Matt’s Homemade Alabama Ice Cream • 701 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores. 540-1233.

DID YOU KNOW? Pumpkin seeds are super high in zinc. To ensure you’re getting that important nutrient, it’s essential to eat the whole seed, shell and all. Sprinkled with your favorite spices and baked for about half an hour, roasted pumpkin seeds make a unique fall snack!

Text by Chelsea Wallace Adams

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