Say bye-bye, pumpkin pie and hello to these delicious Thanksgiving desserts

Move over, pumpkin pie, it’s time for a new parade of desserts to gobble up the spotlight. Chef Anthony Rose donned his favourite Grateful Dead hoodie — perfect for All Hallows Eve — and sampled T.O.’s new crop of pumpkin pastries for your October feasts.

WINNER: MAPLE HARVEST CAKE

“What’s going on here?! This maple icing is really good. I don’t really taste the pumpkin too much. This is rich over-the-top, great flavour, well-made and moist. Wow, that’s really good.” Demetres, 180 Enterprise Blvd., Markham, $19

RUNNER-UP: CHARLOTTE CAKE

“This is really delicious. The cake is dense and moist and the taste of  pumpkin is not overpowering. The icing is rich and creamy, and overall this is a quality cake.” Padaria, 5 Manor Rd. E., $42

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE DOUGHNUT

“This is a really good-looking doughnut! And the addition of the chocolate cup on top, I mean come on! The filling is really well spiced and the portion is huge! Everything on this doughnut is good.” The Rolling Pin, 1970 Avenue Rd., North York, $5.50/each

PUMPKIN SPICE CREAM PUFFS

“Wow, a great amount of filling inside! Nice texture but not a ton of flavour. The pastry is very good and really well made, and it’s cute with the pumpkin seeds on top. But I can’t differentiate much flavour going on in the cream.” Emmer, 161 Harbord St., $5/each

CREPE CAKE

“This is gorgeous, I love all the layers, and I appreciate how difficult it is to make. It’s got a really pronounced pumpkin flavour, which kind of overpowers the taste of the crepe. It’s a really cool riff on a pumpkin dessert.” Millie Patisserie, 12 Oxley St., $119

PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE

“Really great icing. The cake is super fresh and moist, but I wish it had three layers instead of two and that the pumpkin seeds were toasted.” Phipps Bakery Cafe, 420 Eglinton Ave. W., $55

PUMPKIN SPICE CUPCAKES

“This is really pretty! The gold leaf on top is super cool. It’s a really heavy buttercream, and the cake is nice and light with great flavour.” Bobbette & Belle, 3347 Yonge St., $5/each

PUMPKIN PIE CONE

“I’m not getting very much pumpkin in the ice cream, but it still has great flavour. The chimney cone is delicious and fresh, and the pumpkin cookie on top is a nice touch.” Eva’s Original Chimney, 454 Bloor St. W., $9.95

ANTHONY ROSE is Post City’s tasting chef is the Michelin-recommended visionary behind Fat Pasha, Schmaltz and
Fet Zun.

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