Eat This: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Cakeballs & Macarons at Petite Sweets

The first official day of fall is Tuesday, September 23, and you know what that means: pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin. Throughout this autumnal season, recipes for pumpkin breads, muffins, cakes and pies will flood the Internet (or more accurately, will continue to) through a variety of social media outlets -- I'm talking about you, Pinterest.

Don't be like the rest of the world and frequent Starbucks for a PSL. Instead, visit Petite Sweets for a creamy, scrumptious pumpkin spice latte paired with one or a few of their delightful miniature pumpkin-flavored treats.

After seeing a post of a large frothy pumpkin spice latte surrounded by pumpkin pie macarons on the Petite Sweets Facebook page this past week, I couldn't help but stop by the West Alabama dessert shop this weekend. Aside from pumpkin pie macarons, Petite Sweets also carries miniature pumpkin pies, whoopie pies, cupcakes and cake balls, along with honey apple cupcakes for the fall season, too.

The cakeball center is creamy and moist, while the macaron is subtly sweet and melts in your mouth.
The cakeball center is creamy and moist, while the macaron is subtly sweet and melts in your mouth.
Photo by Molly Dunn

During my visit, the display case had been raided of all the pumpkin-flavored whoopie pies, along with the pumpkin pie and honey apple cupcakes, but there were still a few macarons and cake balls left.

The best part about the pumpkin spice lattes at Petite Sweets is the balance of sugar to coffee. Initially, you taste the sweetness from the pumpkin syrup and creamy, frothed milk, which is like drinking pumpkin pie. You're then left with a splendid aftertaste of rich coffee. By no means does it taste like an overwhelming amount of sugar; leave that part to the miniature desserts.

If you're a hardcore pumpkin fan, then the pumpkin cakeball is for you. This dense, moist combination of pumpkin cake and frosting (I believe to be cream cheese frosting) packs a pumpkin punch. It's covered in a hard orange-colored chocolate shell topped with chocolate drizzle and sprinkles, creating a festive and intense-pumpkin dessert.

For those looking for a light, sweet and delicate fall treat, we suggest pairing your PSL with a pumpkin pie macaron. The pumpkin frosting is soft and creamy, which is a nice contrast to the crunchy, crispy French cookies. As you sink your teeth into the cookie sandwich, the pumpkin cream sticks to the two cookies, then simply melts in your mouth.

Taking a bite from the cookie or the cakeball followed by a sip from the pumpkin spice latte is an excellent way to say hello to fall.

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