Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

I found this recipe on-line from email I receive from Taste of Home. This is what the author of the recipe states: "It looks so elegant with alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin/butterscotch pudding," she writes from New London, Missouri. "Try making it ahead of time for a fuss-free dessert when you're planning to entertain guests." Updated 12/2010: I made this for our Christmas dessert and only used 2 boxes (rather than 4 boxes) of the pudding (which works out to be 4 cups of pudding once milk was added and it was more than enough for this trifle dessert).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water and egg, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. When completely cooled, crumble the cake. Set aside 1/4 cup crumbs for garnish.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in pumpkin and spices until well blended.
  4. In a trifle bowl or 3-1/2-qt. glass serving bowl, layer a fourth of the cake crumbs, half of the pumpkin mixture, a fourth of the cake crumbs and half of the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved cake crumbs. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.
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I made this for dessert for Thanksgiving, as a change from pies. It was delicious and easy to make. I made the cake the day before and just put the trifle together the morning of the Holiday.

I wonder if this was truly from Taste of Home, or perhaps from their sister magazine, Cooking Light. I used regular Cool Whip, regular pudding and whole milk. It was much richer and tastier than it would have been had I used fat-free, sugar-free, etc. It wouldn't have been nearly as good with all the "diet" food ingredients.

Spencer #2 November 26, 2011

WOW! This desert is absolutely fantastic! So easy to make and looks so beautiful. I love that it tastes just like pumpking pie but looks so much more sophisticated. Thanks for helping me score big points at Thanksgiving!

KLBoyle November 29, 2010

We took this church on Sunday and got rave reviews. We doubled the recipe with ease. I liked how lite this was after a big meal this was the perfect ending. Thanks so much for posting!

children from A to Z December 07, 2009