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Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

One of the nice things about this trifle is the way it uses up leftover cakes that never seem to get eaten! It's convenient, too—it tastes like a traditional pumpkin pie, even though you don't have to make a crust or bake it. My husband's a construction worker and ex-farm boy. When we were first married, it was trial and error to cook like his mother. Now, after 17 years, he says that I've passed the test! We have four children, 13 to 8. So there's another reason I like this trifles—it lasts through two meals at least!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:12-15 servings


  • 2 to 3 cups leftover crumbled unfrosted spice cake, muffins or gingerbread
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Maraschino cherries, optional


  • 1. Set aside 1/4 cup of cake crumbs for topping. Divide remaining crumbs into four portions; sprinkle one portion into a trifle bowl or 3-qt. serving bowl.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin, pudding mixes and spices; beat until smooth. Spoon half into the serving bowl. Sprinkle with a second portion of crumbs. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; spoon half into bowl.
  • 3. Sprinkle with a third portion of crumbs. Top with the remaining pumpkin mixture, then remaining portion of crumbs and whipped cream. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs around the edge of bowl. Garnish with cherries if desired. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 186 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Morgansgma User ID: 4378862 257190
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"The flavor of the pudding mix takes over the whole dessert. I was hoping for a pumpkin flavored dessert so was really disappointed. The proportion of the whipped cream layers is too small compared to the intense flavor of the pudding. If I make it again I'll decrease the pudding mix to one box & mix some whipped cream into the pudding layer."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 254470
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"A nice change of pace from a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 12279
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I love to make triffles, serve triffles and eat triffles! This one is delicious and it's nice that you can use gingerbread or spice cake. Such a treat for fall and those holidays. I had an empty bowl return when I took this to a gathering."

BakerLittleK User ID: 4738337 4559
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2013

"YUMMY! This was very well received at a Progressive dinner Party. I used a gingerbread cake which being deep golden brown in color some folks thought it was a chocolate dirt cake but quickly learned otherwise! I gave it a little extra zip by making cinnamon-flavored sweetened whipped cream."

betty2680 User ID: 2814859 22621
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"easy to put together make the cake the day b4"

kshea User ID: 2698812 30452
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012


kshea User ID: 2698812 9842
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"This is a very good recipe just the way it is!"

karen8666 User ID: 4031330 7823
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"It looked beautiful and made plenty. I made fresh whipped cream for it. The cake was dry, I thought the cake in a trifle was supposed to be moist."

mrsimps User ID: 6405803 12115
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I've made this twice now. I still can't get the pretty layers but it tastes awesome!"

vlw1965 User ID: 1283835 11217
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I've been making this for Thanksgiving for the past several years, and it's a big hit with my family. It's a great alternative to pie. My teenage son even requests it as his "birthday cake!" I mentioned trying a new recipe this year, and the family had a fit -- so I guess I'll stick with this winner!"

MKJ2011 User ID: 5780586 4546
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Took this to work and the girls went WILD!!! they LOVED it!!!"

kateimurray User ID: 6333368 4496
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"I made this for a dinner party.. Everyone loved it. It did not look as good as the picture. I thionk next time I will not crumble the cake and I will thin out the pumpkin layer so it is more spreadable..."

parish.nurse User ID: 6303383 11372
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I just served this at a luncheon and had multiple requests for the recipe. It went over very well! I would highly recommend it for others to try especially those with a penchant for light, healthier recipes."

lanmom User ID: 124747 7821
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"Delicious flavor, but too sweet! I would try cutting back on the amount of pudding and/or try sugar free pudding. everyone raved how beautiful it looked. first couple spoonfuls were yummy too. but then the sweetness caught up with you. needs less sugar!"

vonith1 User ID: 179000 12114
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"This was very yummy and my family loved it!"

kathemc User ID: 2635403 28616
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I made this with non-fat milk, sugar free pudding and fat free cool whip. NO-ONE knew the difference. This trifle is delish."

craigsuem User ID: 992681 12113
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"I've been making this trifle for years, ever since it first showed up in Taste of Home in the early 90's. It is an impressive dessert for guests, potlucks, or holidays, and is a family favorite! Absolutely delicious!"

schtazey User ID: 2732081 201038
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"SO good!"

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