Spiced Pumpkin Trifle Recipe for Holiday Guests

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This Spiced Pumpkin Trifle was absolutely amazing! Aren’t recipe swaps fun? You never know what kind of interesting recipes you’ll have a chance to try. I did a recipe swap with a friend so we’d have a chance to try something different. We exchanged one of our favorite holiday recipes. She sent me her Spiced Pumpkin Trifle recipe and I sent her my Easy Candied Yam and Apple Recipe. I’ll have to make that one for you soon! This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Spiced Pumpkin Trifle Recipe for Holiday Guests

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We don’t do a lot of desserts but the holidays are a time when we like to splurge a little bit. So, while this is definitely NOT what I’d call a healthy dessert, it is an amazingly yummy treat for the holidays. You substitute homemade alternatives for any of the pre-packaged foods in her original recipe. I kept it this way because this is how she prepares it.

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Spiced Pumpkin Trifle Recipe
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  • 1 package of spice cake mix (prepare using Wesson Oil)
  • 4 boxes of vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 can (15oz) pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 package of softened cream cheese (8oz)
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 (16oz) container of cool whip
  • 1 can of Reddi-Wip


  1. Prepare cake according to package directions. I usually use 2 8 inch rounds. After 10 minutes of cooling remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool. * I had to do this with a 13x9 cake cut into blocks because my trifle dish isn't wide enough to hold an 8" round cake.*
  2. When cake is cool enough to handle cut each round in half horizontally. Then cool completely.
  3. In bowl whisk together pudding mix and milk. Then stir in pumpkin and spices. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until fluffy then mix in Cool Whip.
  5. In a round trifle dish place first layer of cake, 1/4 of cream cheese, and 1/4 of pumpkin mixture. Repeat until all cake, cream cheese and pumpkin mixture is gone.
  6. Decorate top with Reddi-Wip. Chill in fridge until ready to serve. 



99 cal


4 g


10 g


4 g
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This really was a delicious treat. To make it a bit healthier, you can substitute Angel Food Cake for the spice cake. You can also make homemade vanilla pudding or even substitute Greek yogurt for pudding if you prefer. Homemade whipped cream does take extra time to make but it tastes so good. You can even try this pumpkin trifle with ginger snaps to save time. My Mom always made a pumpkin gingerbread trifle for the holidays that was so good.

We usually make this in a large trifle bowl because it looks so pretty on your holiday dessert table. But, if you don’t have a large trifle bowl, you can always make individual trifles in small trifle bowls or even in Mason jars. They taste just as good and it will probably make portion control a bit easier.

Have you ever had a spiced pumpkin trifle?

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  1. I hope you guys liked it! It is one of our favorite alternatives to Pumpkin Pie.
  2. It's absolutely delicious! I'd never made a trifle before but it really wasn't hard at all and so good!

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