Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle Recipe
- 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake/cookie mix
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 1 large egg
- 4 cups cold fat-free milk
- 4 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
- 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, water and egg; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square pan.
- 2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. When completely cooled, crumble cake, reserving 1/4 cup crumbs.
- 3. Meanwhile, whisk milk and pudding mixes until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and spices until well blended.
- 4. In a trifle bowl or 3-1/2-qt. glass serving bowl, layer one-fourth of the cake crumbs, half of the pumpkin mixture, one-fourth of the cake crumbs and half of the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Top with reserved cake crumbs. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Yield: 18 servings.
One serving (3/4 cup) equals 194 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.
Reviews for Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle
"A new family favorite!"
"I've been making this trifle for 15 yrs at Christmas. It's a family favourite. The only difference between mine and the recipe above is, I use spice cake instead of the gingerbread. It tastes terrific."
"I have made this several times and each time I never have left overs! I love how it is a fresh take on the pumpkin flavor. :-)"
"This was a great crowd-pleaser. It looks so nice before you dig into it! Flavors go well together. The fat-free versions of pudding are in the smaller sizes. As others said, use two boxes of the regular size pudding and you'll be fine."
"I have made this many times and have asked for the recipe every time I make it. I have read a person can't find the gingerbread mix, just saying I have seen it at Walmart. As for the problem of pudding box size...I just used 2 small boxes of vanilla pudding and 1 small box of the butterscotch."
"this trifle ricipe sounds really good so ill be trying it out very shortly"
"I want to make this but where does one find instant pudding in 1 ounce sizes. Mine are3.4 ounces. I have all the ingredients ready to make this for Christmas dessert and will give it a good review but am nervous about the pudding amounts. Please help! Thanks!"
"Everyone that tasted this loved it!"
"Made some changes. Couldn't find gingerbread cake, so made a spice cake according to package directions. Used 2 boxes instant vanilla pudding & 1 box butterscotch but NOT sugar-free & mixed it w/3 cups of milk. I forgot to add the spices to the mixture, so just sprinkled some cinnamon on top. Also used REAL whipped cream instead of whipped topping. Came out delicious. Received lots of compliments and requests for the recipe! Thank you :)"
"I have made this many times and always received rave reviews. It's my "go-to" dessert for fall potlucks. I love the fact that it can be "light" without anyone caring! Very nice to be able to make dessert ahead of time and have it be such a show-stopper. I do usually use two, 8-ounce containers of Cool Whip, but other than that, no change. Thank you for sharing the recipe!"
"This is a real crowd pleaser; I've been asked for the recipe several times. I've passed it along, with two adjustments I've made to the recipe: 1) Duncan Hines Moist Spice Cake instead of gingerbread and 2) two vanilla sugar-free pudding and two butterscotch sugar-free pudding instead of four butterscotch."
"Easy to make. Vey good. Would make again. Looks impressive."
"I USED PUMPKIN PUDDING IN PLACE OF BUTTERSCOTCH...JELLO BRINGS PUMPKIN PUDDING OUT IN THE FALL AND IT'S VERY GOOD WITH THE PUMPKIN PUDDING AS WELL...BUTTERSCOTCH WAS TOO SWEET"
"I have made this for my co-workers and family at various occasions and they rave about it and someone ALWAYS ask for the recipe! Absolutely delicious as is!"
"This was a big hit at our Thanksgiving dinner! This recipe is a keeper!"
"Made this today using Cheesecake Pudding and spice cake and it was a hit at my Thanksgiving dinner. Definitely a remake! Thank you TasteOfHome you are the bomb! Love Love Love your recipe card magazines, I think the small ones are the best...Thanks again!"
"Have made this for bookclub and get togethers. Has been a hit every time! So easy yet elegant. No one has guessed that it is a light version."
"If you are looking for a show stopper that is a hit with the family this will work! I make mine with low fat/low sugar so all my family can enjoy this! I think your family will love this as well, make ahead."
"Delish!!! Made this for my youth group. So easy to make!! Received many complements :)"
"Yes ... my niece made this for our Thanksgiving dinner one year and I ate most of it myself before weekend over."
"Excellent ... but I love pumpkin!"
"We all have those 'go to' recipes and this is on the top of my holiday list! Easy and looks awesome, thank you for sharing!"
"Delicious and pretty!! Nice lighter pumpkin dessert for fall. I subbed 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice in place of the 1/4 each of ginger, nutmeg and allspice."
"Easy, beautiful and yummy!"
"VERY EASY TO MAKE AND LOOKS LIKE YOU PUT A LOT OF WORK INTO IT. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS."
"I made this for Thanksgiving 2 years ago...a big hit"
"This is so easy to make ahead of time and everyone thinks you spent so much time on it. Remember to make the layers from the center out so you don't have to keep cleaning the glass. Switched the butterscotch pudding out for Cheesecake and it was so delicious. Moist."
"great dessert to bring to a potluck!"
"i make this everyear. my sister-n-law loves it and would eat the whole thing if i let her. AWESOME!!!! and i dont like pumpkin. lol"
"I took this for our Thanksgiving get-together and everyone loved it! They didn't even know it was light!"
"Family request every year."
"I've made this three times, and each time, I like it even better!"
"Just made for company and it was a huge hit! Even my hubby who is not a pumpkin fan loved it. I made adjustments based on the reviews. I used spice cake because store didn't have gingerbread. Instead of 4 boxes sugar-free butterscotch pudding, I used 2 butterscotch and 2 vanilla. Will be making for Thanksgiving!!"
"Easy to make, looks great and tastes even better. A winner!"
"I made this for a family Thanksgiving gathering and it was a hit. It was a tasty dessert which was the perfect finish to the full meal, especially for those with diabetic issues. I would definitely make it again."
"Tried it on my co-workers - if they liked it, I would make it for Thanksgiving - it passed with flying colors!"
"Way to sweet for us."
"I love cooking for others and this is friendly for all age groups and culinary differences. Will be making this many times over."
"I made this with crumbled ginger snap cookies instead of cake. My Boyfriend loved it. You would never know it is lite!!"
"I did change things up a bit. I used vanilla pudding and mixed it with the cool-whip for a more mousse like consistency between the layers. I also garnished with gingerbread cookies around the rim and crushed some over the top."
"I bring out this recipe each Fall and can't count the number times I have made it! I am always asked for the recipe. I prefer the spice cake and do not need to use it all. Has a great presentation and is yummy for all us pumpkin lovers! Great for a large group."
"This was excellent! I used a spice cake mix instead as well as "fatten" other ingredients up. I used 2% milk, regular pudding, and sugar-free (instead of fat-free) whipped topping. This was a huge hit and I will definitely make again!"
"Took this to a family gathering. They ate most of it, which my family genreally does not do."
"I made this a while back and it was soooo good! The only problem was that there is just my husband and I to eat it, but, it was just as tasty the 5th day as the 1st!"
"This is one of my families favorite Thanksgiving desserts. I did not have time to make the gingerbread, so I used crushed gingersnaps! What an easy, beautiful, impressive dessert!"
"I used Pumpkin Bread instead of the Gingerbread and Pumpkin Flavored Jello Pudding. I was delicious!"
"I love anything pumpkin"
"I made this for a gathering of 15 women and everyone loved it. I did change the pudding to vanilla so the pumpkin flavor really stood out. Outstanding and so elegant looking."
"I was expecting a pumpkin flavor---the butterscotch flavor was overpowering. I took it to work for Thanksgiving--those that liked butterscotch said it was wonderful."
"A big hit at our family Thanksgiving dinner. The leftovers were just as tasty. I definitely plan to make this again."
"I used Spice Cake and just baked as the box directed. Also instead of all butterscotch mix, I used 2 boxes of vanilla and 2 boxes of butterscotch mix.. it tastes so much better! :)I made it for a family members rehearsal dinner and there wasn't a drop left!"
"I've made this dessert for the past 3 years. Everyone loves it. The only thing I did different this year was to switch one of the butterscotch pudding mix with vanilla pudding mix. This gave the pudding mixture a lighter flavor. I would even try using have butterscoth & half vanilla next time. This is now an annual Thanksgiving dessert request in our family."
"OMG, I made this for dessert with our Thanksgiving dinner, and it was so fabulous! Even my husband, who is not big on desserts at all, really liked this and had it several times over the last couple of days! As other reviewers suggested, I used 2 boxes of butterscotch and 2 boxes of vanilla pudding all blended together, and it was just right so that the butterscotch flavor didn't dominate the pumpkin that was mixed with it. My husband said I should definitely make it again, and that means it's a keeper! I served it in individual trifle cups (the plastic "water glasses" from Dollar Tree make perfect individual trifle bowls and even have pedestals!) with the same number of layers, and it was so pretty to serve! One tip...I kept the pudding/pumpkin mix in one storage container, the crumbled gingerbread cake (found at Wal-Mart) in another container, and the cool whip in another. I stored the leftovers that way so that I could assemble the layers each time somebody wanted some, and that kept it fresh and not soggy, and it looked just as pretty every time I served it! This recipe would be easy to adapt for different seasons, too, by changing up the fruit, cake flavor, and pudding flavors."
"I made this trifle for the first time today and took it to our family Thanksgiving dinner. It was a huge hit! Great Recipe!"
"Sounded so delicious. But the pumpkin filling is pretty bland, even though I added almost twice the spice the recipe calls for. No plans to make this one again."
"I made this this past weekend for a Halloween party. We used 2 boxes of vanilla pudding and 2 boxes of butterscotch. Everyone loved it but we agreed, it as almost better the 2nd day. It made a huge amount and in reality, if I make this again, I'd probably do about 1/2 of the pudding and cool whip parts. We did add some crumbled heath bar to the top which was a nice addition! Overall, yummy!!!"
"My family loves this recipe it feeds all of us at Thanksgiving it is also very easy to make!"
"I have been making this since it came out in 2002. It is always a hit, and I have given the recipe out everytime I make it. I do it up just as it says and garnish with Candy Corn Pumpkins. It is delicious!!"
"This was a hit at my house. If will definitely make it again."
"I made this for my club meeting, and you could hear the "mmm's"! Everyone loved it. I did make some changes. I used a spice cake mix instead of the gingerbread. I used two packages of the vanilla sugar-free instant puddng, and my store had pumpkin instant pudding for the season, so I bought two boxes of that instead of the butterscotch. I used the 16 oz. carton of lite whipped topping. I'll definitely make this again."
"Oh my, this one was delicious. My husband wants this instead of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I even have to make it again to share with other friends who didn't get to try it yet. It was simple to make, looked beautiful when done (I almost didn't want to dig into it) and tasted fabulous!!! A+++++"
"I took it to a family dinner. Everybody loved it and wanted the recipe!"
"I do food classes all over my county. I have used the pumpkin trifle recipe in several and have gotten rave reviews from all participants. I love the fact that it is a lower calorie alternative with taste to die for."
"I loved this recipe. I too used Spice Cake instead of gingerbread, but baked it in a 9 x 13 pan, instead of 8 x 8, and baked as directed on the box. I used 2 vanilla, 2 butterscotch pudding. AND I threw in some toffee bits in between the layers and on top. This stuff completely disappeared at my house, and I've already given out the recipe to about 6 people, just this week. Can't wait to make it again."
"I too used spice cake mix and the flavors blended beautifully. This is a 5 star recipe for sure. I whipped up heavy whipping cream instead of Cool Whip."
"I made this for friends for afternoon tea, it was a big hit.I used Jellos Caramel Mousse mix and it worked great.Also used spice cake.."
"I made this to take to a friends for dinner. I had to email her the recipe the next day. It was yummy. I used 2 butterscotch and 2 vanilla puddings. My friend made it with 2 butterscotch and 2 cheesecake puddings. It's so easy to make."
"Took this to a Harvest dinner at church. Most liked and some said too rich. I also used spiced cake mix. I needed to be more careful getting my layers even."
"I made this for a party and everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe. I did make it with vanilla pudding instead of butterscotch."
"I made this recipe and took to a potluck party. Everyone raved about it - it will definatley by on my Thanksgiving Menu!"
"I too couldn't find gingerbread mix and used spice cake mix. Also agree on needing more whipped cream. The other thing I did was make it in individual cups, you don't do as many layers but it is easier to eat. I'm going to try it with vanilla pudding instead of butterscotch."
"I made this trifle for my family but had unexpected company so I served it to everyone, they loved it, it is a wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie, which I love, now I must make it for our church pot luck lunch next week, I raved about it so much, lol. Love it!!!!!"
"I made this for a covered dish dinner at church and it was a huge hit. Everyone wants the recipe. This is an absolutely wonderful dessert and would be a hit during the holidays or anytime!!"
"what a wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie!!! This was a super hit.I used spice cake and the only other change would be to add some pumpkin pie spice."
"I made this for our Church family night supper and it was a hit. It is quick and easy. I will add this one to my list to make again."
"Wonderful!!! Two things I did do different was change the gingerbread cake to yellow cake and used pumpkin pie spice, instead. We simply loved this trifle! Yummy!!!"
"This was delicious! I would probably use two cartons of cool whip - one did not seem to be enough. Next time I am also going to add Heath bar crunch to this."
"This is awesome. Beautiful presentation and oh so light. I could not find gingerbread cake mix so I used spice cake. I will be making this instead of pie this Thanksgiving."
"For those looking for mixes that aren't loaded with artificial ingredients, partially hydrogenated oils etc. I recommend buying your mixes from your local Trader Joes or Whole Foods- they make yummy stuff that's healthy also- a great weight off my mind when I'm feeding my family :)"
"Great, delicious recipe, and so easy to make! Instead of the 4 packages of fat free pudding, 4 cups of milk, and the spices, I used 2 boxes of pumpkin spice pudding and two cups of skim milk. The trick to HEALTHY eating is to eat in moderation and not over-indulge, exercising helps, too..."
"For jkjdk: For the 4 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix, just get 4 little boxes of Jello, available in all grocery stores. They only weighs 1 ounce because there's no heavy sugar in it.Excellent recipe for both taste and looks."
"l ounce boxes of pudding? Please explain where I can get l ounce boxes??????????"
"I made this recipe and substitued Spice cake for the gingerbread. It is excellent and worth every bite as far as calories are concerned. I'd definitely make this again and again and again."
"I made this after getting the recipe at a Taste of Home Show in Warren ,Ohio. We had a campground supper with about 15 people,I made a double batch and there was an empty bowl after dessert. I copied the recipe and passed it out to everyone there. A-1 dessert."
"Excuse me, but, the recipe is rated as HEALTHY and it isn't. Is Taste of Home aware that you are telling people to leave their site?"
"Really, really good!!! Poo Poo the trans fats. It's worth evert bite. If your worried about healthy recipes, you need to find another site."
"Made this dessert more times than I can count! It's the one the family always asks for....and gets!!!! Definitely a keeper."
"Read the labels on your cake mix, instant puddings and whipped toppings. Watch for partially hydrogenated oils, these are TRANS FATS. Make sure it is as healthy as you thought."
"This is one of my favorite recipes! If I can't find gingerbread, spice cake is a great alternative. I'm not a huge fan of butterscotch, so I usually do 2 boxes of butterscotch and 2 of vanilla. I'm going to make this for the first time this season today. I can't wait to have it tomorrow at my daughter's birthday party!"
"So good! I agree that the spice cake versus gingerbread cake is more crowd-friendly, even though I am personally a huge fan of gingerbread. I also did not use all butterscotch pudding. I used 2 boxes vanilla and two of butterscotch. I wanted more of the pumpkin flavor to come through. Everyone loved it!"
"Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them! I made them in individual glasses instead since none of the stores in my area carried full size trifle bowls. I made them with one layer of gingerbread cake and one of spice cake which worked really well. Will definitely be making these again!"
"I brought this to Thanksgiving dinner and it got rave reviews - beat out every pie on the table!"
"This was absolutely WONDERFUL!!! Thank you Hyla, for a great recipe!"
"Many compliments at my church function! Rave reviews!"
"Loved this recipe! One of the lightest desserts. Made it for 2 Thanksgiving dinners w/ no leftovers. This is something I would make anytime of the year."
"I made this, but it seemed too bland with the amount of pudding,and pumpkin ratio, so I increased the pudding.I will definetely make this beautiful,tasty recipe again!"
"I made it for a get together and since I don't particularly like gingerbread, I used spice cake instead and it was a hit."
"I make this for afternoon tea parties! It gets rave reviews! I only make half a recipe and use a smaller bowl. Great recipe! Lou Ann"
"has anybody tried this with vanilla pudding instead of butterscotch? Whoops - sorry - I had missed Little Lady's comment.
"I made this dessert for our church potluck last weekend and it was a big hit! Robin Hood makes a Gingerbread Cookie/Cake mix, so I used that, but instead of whipped topping, I used whipped cream. It's not as low in fat but it tasted wonderful! I'll be making it for Christmas, but probably half the recipe."
"Would you mind sharing your recipe for the gingerbread, I refuse to use mixes with all the artificial ingredients. I don't have a homemade recipe that I know of. I will also use homemade pudding and whipped cream. Just had experience with a nutrition and health class, have to watch the ingredients. thanks!"
"Another alternative to the Gingerbread Cake Mix is the Spiced Cake Mix. It's just as good!"
"I saw this recipe in Taste Of Home,and fell in love with it the minute I saw it.I made it for a potluck at our local community center,and was the biggest hit there ever was.Who ever created it,did a good job!It was absolutely sinfully delicious and not overly sweet.I did'nt use a boxed gingerbread mix,instead I made it from scratch which was even better.Bonnie Brandon (Taste Of Home Subscriber)"
"I have made this every year for Oktoberfestfor the last 4 years. It is always a great treat and goes really fast. It's one of my favorite recipes and people always love it!"
"Very easy to make and it was a hit. I did use chocolate cake."
"I made this Thanksgiving the first year it came out. My family loves it (especially my nephews). They always ask if I'm making my trifle for lunch. Thanks for a great recipe."
"I made the Pumpkin Trifle this past weekend for a pot luck dinner. Everyone raved about it and licked the bowl clean!! Even the people who "don't like pumpkin" tried it, and loved it. It was very easy to prepare."
"I made this a few days ago for my son's rehearsal dinner and everyone loved it. It was delicious and very easy to put together."
"I made this dessert last weekend for guests we had. They loved it. I am making it this Sunday for a dinner we are having for our church. I know it will be a hit because it is delicious and lowfat and low sugar. I know people will be asking for the recipe. Now only is it pretty in a trifle bowl but it is delicious as well. Keep sending those lowfat, low sugar recipes. Thanks! Diana R. Michigan"
"Excellent dessert!!! Thanks for sharing! Fun, low-fat, pretty, and tastes GREAT!"
"Re: Pumpkin TrfleEasy to make and Family loved it. Pumpkin and butterscotch go together really well, and gingerbread flavor just tops it all off perfectly. Is the dish I am to bring to all Family Dinners now!!!"
"Was my turn to make the birthday dessert for our bowling team. Made the Pumpkin Trifle. Wow! Everyone wants the recipe. Really good; really easy. Thanks, MR"
"I have been making this recipe since it first appeared in Taste Of Home Magazine. Everyone likes it and my family prefers it to Pumpkin Pie during the holiday season."
"My family loved this! I made it with a spice cake mix as I couldn't find a gingerbread one.Gogranem"
"I tried it for a potluck dinner and it was very easy to make and was almost all gone. I was asked for the recipe, that tells you it was liked. the only problem I had was getting a gingerbread mix/ We only have a superWalmart and it didn't have any and one grocery store in town but they had it. I will make it for Thanksgiving and possibly for the next covered dish dinner/ Very good/"
"I have used left over bran muffins instead of the gingerbread. It's a good recipe!"
"My daughter is the biggest pumpkin lover and she and her family thought this was a wonderful desert. Easy to put together and delish when done. Thanks."
"This recipe not only tastes delicious but it looks great. It is easy to make and looks great as a centerpiece until dessert is served. It is rich and creamy and is a great dessert for fall."
"I got great comments on the low sugar Pumpkin Trifle today at a potluck! I substituted sugar-free pumpkin bread from the WalMart bakery for the gingerbread because I was in a hurry - worked great!"
"My sister made this for a "sisters" reunion and it was the main attraction at the table! AND it tasted as good as it looked!"
"This was so good! I had to substitute spice cake for gingerbread cake because I couldn't find the gingerbread."
"This is soooooo good! I made it for Christmas the year it came out in Light & Tasty. Have since made it with vanilla pudding and spice cake. Turned out real good that way, too. Definitely a keeper."