Try the Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting at Foundation Grounds

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We love pumpkins! We just want to carve 'em, roast their seeds and then bake the guts into all kinds of awesome. So, this autumn, we're on a quest for the tastiest local pumpkin goodies, before the fleeting flavor is gone. Do you have a favorite local seasonal pumpkin food? E-mail tips@riverfronttimes.com. Check out our other fall and Thanksgiving coverage over at Gobble Gobble.

CHRISSY WILMES
  • Chrissy Wilmes
Foundation Grounds (7298 Manchester, Maplewood; 314-601-3588) is less a coffee shop you visit with a laptop and a pile of work, and more a cafe where you stop for an unforgettable lunch. The fare is simple but divine, and most important, light and healthy -- making it easy to justify ordering a gooball, coconut kiss or slice of pie from the ever-beckoning bakery case.

This autumn, FoGro has upped the ante. With pumpkin cake, scones, muffins and cupcakes, there's something for pumpkin enthusiasts with every degree of sweet tooth. (Selections change daily.)

Yes, there are other ultra-sweet, sexy, tempting treats, but we only have eyes for that pumpkin cake. The hearty texture resembles that of a French bread more than a soft, crumbly cake. The flavor is understated; very lightly sweetened with joyful bursts of pumpkin and cinnamon. The generous layer of decadent cream cheese icing perfectly balances the mildness of this autumnal cake.

The best part? Foundation Grounds is a block away from Schlafly Bottleworks. What better way to wash down a slice of pumpkin cake than with a Pumpkin Ale?

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