It’s pumpkin season. That means pumpkin-flavored everything. Cookies, cakes, muffins, donuts, ice cream. You name it. And it probably exists. Count on the bakeries in or near Dripping Springs to serve up plenty of pumpkin and non-pumpkin options. Here are some of our favorite places for curing our craving for sweets.
Skull and Cakebones
Dripping Springs is fortunate to have the Hill Country’s first plant-based bakery and eatery in Skull and Cakebones (3991 E. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620). The bakery specializes in all-natural products that are vegan, non-GMO, fair trade, and feature local flavors. People who tried their baked goods are pleasantly surprised it’s vegan.
You’ll find everything you want in a bakery: cheesecake, cupcakes, scones, and cinnamon rolls. Their eatery menu includes cauliflower wings, barbacoa potato nachos, and a plant-based burger.
Abby Jane Bakeshop
Although Abby Jane Bakeshop is new and will be in the famous Barton Springs Mill, Abby has been developing the bread and pastry menu for years. Through this role, she met the owner of Barton Springs Mill where she plans to open her bakery. When you visit the bakeshop, you’ll be able to watch the millers at work.
Along with pastries, you’ll find pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more. The shop’s menu is filled with items that use heirloom grains. Visit the website to order and see updates about the new location.
Baguette et Chocolat
Drive for twenty minutes from Dripping Springs to Bee Cave and you’ll end up at Baguette et Chocolat (12101 FM 2244, Bldg 6, Bee Cave, Texas, 78738). This French bakery specializes in tarts, croissants, and baguettes.
If you’re a fan of this national bakery, you can find Gigi’s Cupcakes in Bee Cave at 3944 RM 620. Located in the Park at Bee Cave Plaza, their selection consists of more than cupcakes. You can find mini cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and custom cakes. This location also makes gluten and vegan-friendly cupcake options every day.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
For more than 30 years, Great Harvest Bread Co. (3201 Bee Caves Rd. #126, Austin, TX 78746) has used whole grains in its traditional baking methods. They mill their own 100 percent whole grain flour every day and bake from scratch. Milling retains the protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins in the wheat kernel. You’ll find all kinds of breads and sandwiches as well as scones, cinnamon rolls, bars, and even dog treats for furbabies.
Texas Pie Company
Kyle is only a half-hour drive from Dripping Springs and is known as the pie capital of Texas. You can find out why when you head to Texas Pie Company (202 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640). Chef Julie Albertson has baked long before opening her first bakery in 1986 using cherished recipes handed down by her grandmother. The bakery also serves casseroles, sandwiches, bars, brownies, and macaroons.
Want more? Check out Austin360’s list of Central Texas bakeries.