Velma's Pumpkin Torte Recipe
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Velma's Pumpkin Torte Recipe

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For a perfect fall treat, I make this torte. Its wonderful pumpkin flavor will be loved by everyone who tries it.—Velma Gouldie, Esbon, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Additional whipped topping


  1. Combine crust ingredients; press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. In a bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and cream cheese. Beat until smooth. Spread over crust. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until top appears set. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the pumpkin, egg yolks, milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a saucepan. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened; remove from the heat.
  3. Dissolve gelatin in water; add to saucepan. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled torte; chill. Garnish with whipped topping. Torte keeps well for several days in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Velma's Pumpkin Torte in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p93

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Peggy1110 User ID: 8056890 74783
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"I believe the cake part of the instructions is missing, guess I'll search for it elsewhere. Hope they can get this "corrected"."

Water4Chocolate User ID: 7962831 19242
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"This recipe must be delicious if prepared properly. I think 2 or 3 steps are left out of the instructions on this one. Could someone please make corrections? Is there a Quality Control Committee that reviews these?"

mas4144 User ID: 6300876 45073
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"I am looking for something different for this holiday season. I thought the picture of this torte looked good but on reading the recipe I find it to be rather vague. I am not sure what to do with the gelatin and whipped cream. Is the gelatin mixed into the whipped cream or the pumpkin mixture? It just says "add to sauce pan"."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 18957
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"Delicious and different pumpkin dessert. I haven't made it for ages but it is SOOOO yummy and feeds a crowd - cuz the slices are thick!"

bebel2 User ID: 2524922 202159
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"This is one of my favorite desserts to make in the fall, or anytime."

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