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Herald the arrival of autumn with the quintessential flavor of the season – pumpkin. These pastries and baked goods evoke memories of brisk mornings and tractor rides through the apple orchard, with bright blue skies above. Rekindle memories and create new ones while savoring some freshly baked treats made from pumpkin at a local Detroit bakery.

Love and Buttercream
3202 Crooks Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 850-7207

The sweetest bakery of Love and Buttercream is filled to the brim with everything to usher in autumn in the tastiest of ways. From the traditional pumpkin pie and pumpkin whoopies, to contemporary pumpkin pie pops, described on the website as pie on a stick, this shop has some remarkably good pastries. Taste a bit of heaven in the form of pumpkin cream specialty tarts, pie jars, mini pies and the to-die-for pumpkin bread.

Pinwheel Bakery
220 W. 9 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48220
(248) 398-8018

Pinwheel Bakery is a cute bakery with a whimsical spirit. This airy shop is packed with pumpkin desserts which are decorated artistically for fall, the only problem will be deciding which to take home. Choose from a tasty array of seasonal selections including the maple pumpkin tart, a creamy, dreamy custard enveloped by a melt-in-your-mouth crust, pumpkin cheesecake and, as the season approaches, specialty pumpkin pies galore. Since this sweet shop joined forces with Red Hook Café, now patrons can relax with a steaming cup of Stumptown coffee while enjoying a delectable pastry. Try the pumpkin whoopee pie. Pinwheel Bakery approaches its baked goods with an artistic slant, so everything looks as good as it tastes.

Rock City Pies
Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220

Rock City Pies is known for its artisanal approach to pies. These are not your average pies; they are infused with an elixir of unique flavors that will leave taste buds screaming for more. Just in time for autumn, seasonal offerings kick into high gear and hand-crafted delights such as chocolate pumpkin pie and pumpkin dulce de leche surface. Be certain to place holiday orders early, as these limited-edition pies sell like hotcakes and once they are gone, they are gone for good…until next year. Stop by the Rust Belt Market on Saturdays and Sundays to get your hands on these goodies.

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Astoria Pastry Shop
541 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-9603

Astoria Pastry Shop caters to those with a sweet tooth. In autumn, as the weather turns colder, the seasonal specialties begin to stake their claim in the display case as this quintessential bakery features glorious pumpkin spice cheesecake. Other offerings that are available for a limited time are pumpkin rolls and the pumpkin muffin.

Avalon International Breads
422 W. Willis St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-0008

Stop by Avalon International Breads for the pumpkin whoopie pies and pumpkin muffins, but stay for an espresso in the morning or to enjoy a sandwich from the menu mid-day or afternoon. Watch from a comfortable perch in the café as the staff works its magic, transforming dough into amazing, super-fresh bread baked on site. During warmer months, enjoy the urban outdoors while seated outside on the sidewalk patio.

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After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.