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Friday, October 2, 2015

Pumpkin Trifle

With Thanksgiving just around the corner in Canada, and our bountiful Fall harvest my thoughts turn to wonderful pumpkin desserts and this is a favourite at our house.  It not only tastes delicious but it is easy and looks fantastic on a Harvest table.  I hope that you enjoy this fabulous trifle as much as my family does.  Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving.

I have adapted this recipe from one that I found in Taste of Home magazine years ago.  It called for gingerbread cake mix, but as I couldn't find that here, I used a Duncan Hines Cake mix instead.  The recipe calls for canned pumpkin, but if you have pumpkin in the garden, why not use a small pie pumpkin instead.

1 Duncan Hines Spice  Cake Mix
1 package cook and serve Vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
1 can ( 29 oz) solid pack pumpkin- not pie filling
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 container  Cool whip- or fresh whipped cream.

Prepare and bake spice cake according to package directions using 2 greased 9 in round baking pans.  Cool completely.
Meanwhile, for pudding, in a large saucepan combine pudding mix and milk and stir until smooth.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.  Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened.   Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.  Combine pumpkin, brown sugar and spices and stir into the pudding.
In a 4 quart trifle bowl crumble or place the entire cake layer in the bottom of the bowl- it looks nicer whole, and then I score the top so everything comes together.  Top with half of the pudding mixture, and whipped topping.  Repeat the layers.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
This makes a lot so is a great dessert for a large gathering.


  1. That looks delicious! I love pumpkin desserts and will have to try it. We eat a lot of pumpkin muffins and pies. We use winter squash instead of pumpkin, but it's all the same.

  2. Sounds fantastic! I love anything with coconut and I like yams too!