Columbia City Bakery is bringing fall flair to classic cookies and cakes: glazed pumpkin- and leaf-shaped shortbreads are $2.50; chocolate, vanilla, lemon, and carrot cupcakes ($3) are frosted in chocolate, vanilla butter cream, or cream cheese, then topped with a tasty spider web.
Dahlia Bakery is all about the gourd: find pumpkin whoopee pies for $2.50 and mini pumpkin pies for $4.95. Also on offer are bat, ghost, witch, or pumpkin sugar cookies ($2.50); a rotating selection of themed cupcakes; and six-inch Snickers coffin cakes. The stack of chocolate, nougat, caramel, candied nut, and caramel buttercream is $39 and serves eight people (click through the slideshow to see a pic). To get your goodies in time, order two days in advance.
Grand Central Bakery is dressing its shortbreads as jack-o-lanterns or ghouls. They run $2.65 each and are available between October 26th and October 31 (but heads up: they typically sell out).
Cupcake Royale is touting a pumpkin-cardamom cake decorated with cream cheese and leafy sprinkles. One costs $3.50. Also on hand are cakes baked as spiders, pumpkins, and mummies at $4. For the kiddies there’s ghoulish mini treats for $1.75. Get a dozen regulars for $33 (price may vary with specialty cupcakes) or a dozen babycakes for $15—and be sure to order by noon the day before you want ’em.
Also find festive ones at Trophy Cupcakes, where the holiday confections run $3.50 to $5. Best to give the bakery a two-day notice before placing big orders; also available in store through the 31st. (Psst: On Monday all three storefronts are hosting a costume contest.)
At fried cake sensation Frost Doughnuts, try the rotten caramel apple (apple cinnamon cake topped with caramel and gummy worms) or the dead velvet (red velvet with black and orange cream cheese frosting) for $1.89 each. Traditionalists might opt for the themed doughnuts—vanilla and chocolate with orange and black sprinkles—or “moldy” maple bars (fear not, the green frosting is deceivingly delicious). Those are $1.49 each.
Now through the 31st get your hands on ghoulish vegan treats at Wallingford’s Mighty-O Donuts.
Roving kitchen Where Ya At Matt has been enticing Twitter followers with promises of pumpkin beignets.