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Easy Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle Recipe

Updated on November 19, 2010
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Pumpkin+Gingerbread Trifle

The Spicy, Creamy Taste of Fall in a Bowl

Do you love pumpkin pie? Do you hate pumpkin pie? Either way, I guarantee you will love this! Imagine combining a Starbucks gingerbread latte, a pumpkin spice latte (complete with whipped cream, of course) and some moist spicy cake. Cool the mixture in the fridge so the flavors marry and meld, but the textures are retained.

The result is this easy, crowd-pleasing dessert I call "The taste of Fall in a bowl."

MM's take on Paula Deen

I originally saw Paula Deen make this recipe on her Food Network Show. Amazingly, it does NOT contain 3 sticks of butter like seemingly everything else she makes (that woman loves her butter!).

But It's still classic Deen: plenty rich, with creamy dreamy pudding pumpkin goodness. Even if you're not serving it after a big Thanksgiving feast, it can be a bit filling (probably because it's so yummy you'll want seconds).

After I made it the first time I decided to experiment with ways to lighten it up -- just a tad.

Accordingly, I've provided the full-on PD original, along with some ideas for cutting fat and sugar... I personally think the lighter version is just as delicious!

Enjoy!

Soft, rich, dense and moist gingerbread (very different texture than gingerbread men)
Soft, rich, dense and moist gingerbread (very different texture than gingerbread men)
Try lite, sugar free or fat free whipped topping
Try lite, sugar free or fat free whipped topping
I use Splenda brown sugar blend
I use Splenda brown sugar blend

ORIGINAL Paula Dean Version Ingredients

  • 2 (14-ounce each) packages gingerbread mix
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or cardamom if you prefer)
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup gingersnaps, optional

MM'S Substitutions (Lighter Version)

  • 2 (14-ounce each) packages gingerbread mix
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) box of fat-free sugar-free vanilla pudding mix (can use instant or cook 'n serve)
  • 1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown Splenda
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cardamom
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip comes in in sugar-free, fat-free, lite, regular, and extra creamy varieties. You can find store brands in most of these varieties as well)
  • 1/2 cup sugar free gingersnaps, optional (available in the grocery store)



Any clear bowl will work!
Any clear bowl will work!
Perfect horizontal stripes -- I have NO idea how they did this!
Perfect horizontal stripes -- I have NO idea how they did this!

Directions

Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely.

While gingerbread is cooling prepare the pudding and set aside to cool (only if you are using cook 'n serve pudding. Instant pudding doesn't need to cool).

You can use whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk or skim milk in your pudding -- or a combination, depending on how serious you are about cutting fat from your trifle

Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cinnamon or cardamom into the pudding. Pudding will be light pumpkin colored (lighter than pumpkin pie)

Crumble 1/4 to 1/3 of the gingerbread into the bottom of a large, clear* bowl (or trifle bowl if you have one).

Pour 1/4 to 1/3 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread

Add a layer of whipped topping over pudding layer

Repeat with layers using the remaining gingerbread, pudding and whipped topping.

Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Or you can reserve some of the gingerbread and crumble some of that over the top.

Refrigerate overnight (doesn't have to be overnight. 4 hours is plenty).

*A punch bowl works nicely. Or you can make your trifle in a rectangular pan like a lasagna or even in individual servings. The idea is to show off the tri-colored layers using something clear.

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      Mighty Mum Hi. These recipes do look and sound rather nice.

      I have never used pumpkin and gingerbread together before.

      Will try your version first, It looks so inviting in the glass bowl,

      Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up. :):)

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello TQM. You can always use real gingerbread either homemade or from the bakery (hard to find after the holidays).

      Good luck and I'm sure you will love, love, love this! Enjoy! MM

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      Warren 6 years ago from England

      I absolutely adore anything with ginger in it. My mouth is watering looking at those pictures.

      Unfortunately I can't get those packet mixes where I live.

      Not to worry though, I will get the recipes online somewhere and make this.

      Thanks for the idea Mom.

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      easyfreerecipes 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      looks delicious. wish i had seen this before the christmas season passed. id love to try this next year. thanks

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Excellent, Lita! I know you will enjoy it. And your daughters will too. It's soooo easy and OMG so yummy. Let me now how it works out for ya! MM

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      Now that I'm retired, I can have all my time in the kitchen and this hub is very a promising try. My 2 daughters(adults, hehe) love gingerbread and almost anything they see for the first time. I love the layering, too. Up, useful, bookmarked! Thank you, Mighty Mom!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Madurai. Thanks for commenting. I must go and check you out. Our avatar is... fascinating! MM

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      Madurai 6 years ago from Online

      Enjoyed the recipe I will try and comment again..

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Oh yeah! PERFECT for this time of year! Enjoy Ashantina! MM

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      Oh Lawd! On my way out to buy the ingredients...

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      LOL. You crack me UP!

      Yes, might as well just apply the whipped cream to the waist, the pudding to the thighs and hips. That's the reason I came up with this "lite" version. But truth be told, it's just to be able to justify eating more of it.

      I hope you like it and your family, too. If your family doesn't like that combo of flavors, try it with chocolate and vanilla or any combo of cake and pudding-y filling and whipped cream!

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      WeNdYpOoPoO 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

      MM,

      OMG that is heaven in a bowl. I see my butt getting bigger and bigger. I am going to try this see if my family will eat it.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Hendrika,

      If you are willing/able to, homemade gingerbread works great. Or you can use any cake mix (spice, white and add ginger flavoring).

      As for the pudding, I would definitely suggest the cooked kind. That is what this recipe originally called for. I switched to instant because I am LAZY!

      I don't think you'll want to put in any ingredient that has to be eaten within 3 hours. While your guests may love the trifle and eat it in one sitting, it still needs to 'set' in the fridge before you serve it.

      If it helps you can order Jello brand puddings from Amazon.com...

      Good luck! MM

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      Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I also will not be able to find the gingerbread mix in South Africa. That is not a problem, what I'm not sure of is which pudding mix to use. We get an instant one that has to be eaten within 3 hours and then one that is more like a cream caramel. So I wonder which one will work the best.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Oh boy! It IS yummo, trust me! Paula Deen knows her sinful foods, that's for sure. But I like it just as well with the sugar/fat saving ingredients. That way I can eat 3x a much. LOL. Thanks for visiting, Avamum. MM

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      Sarita Harbour 6 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

      YUMMO! Mighty Mom - this looks fantastic. Voted up, bookmarked, and you've got yourself one new fan...

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      AliciaC-- I hope you do try it. And I hope you enjoy it!

      CHICA!! OMG it's so good to see you! Looking lovely as always!! Big hugs. MM

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      Pachuca213 6 years ago

      All I have to say is YUM!!! I have to try this, this week! How are you chica?

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the tastes of spiced pumpkin and ginger and I love creamy trifle, so this recipe sounds wonderful to me! Thank you for the healthier version. I enjoy eating desserts, but I also want to follow a healthy diet, so I’m always happy to discover healthier dessert recipes.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Shalini,

      Yes, you can of course make yours from scratch. Or use spice cake mix. Or even yellow cake spiced up with ginger-- experiment! And I hope you enjoy. MM

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      That looks great, MM - we don't get gingerbread mix here - so guess I'll have to make it from scratch. Those layers look so good!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake does not sound that great to me. I guess I'm not as into butter as PD. But then, I don't think ANYONE is as into butter as PD!

      Try the trifle. I think you will be very pleased. Let me know your reaction, k?

      Thanks for visiting. MM

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      rmr 6 years ago from Livonia, MI

      This looks amazing! I have to have some!

      Funny that you should mention Paula Deen. Earlier today I was thinking about her Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake, which does, indeed, contain at least 3 sticks of butter.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Happy almost birthday Brenda! I would hope someone else would make the recipe for you for your big day:-).

      You can definitely put candles on the top, tho!

      Enjoy. MM

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      ebrenda123 6 years ago from West Palm Beach, FL

      I am always looking for new recipes to try during the holidays, I will definitely put this on my Thanksgiving list of new things to try, it sounds so wonderful!! Or, maybe I will make for my birthday,... it's this Sunday!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks,Jillian

      It would be fun to share our favorite cooking show recipes and link them together.

      I love PD as a character but don't know when her show is on so catching it is hit and miss. This was a happy coincidence that I caught this show.

      Hope you enjoy the recipe. And Happy Thanksgiving!MM

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      Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

      It looks so beautiful and sounds really good! I may just have to try this one! I love special desserts! Thank you! I watch alot of the cooking shows and missed this one!

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Go for it Lorlie! You could even do butterscotch pudding wtih vanilla or chocolate cake -- the layering is the thing!

      ENjoy!!! MM

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Here's the Hub!! I looked up 'trifle' and understand the culinary concept. Boy, does this sound yummy, MM!

      I may give the butterscotch pudding a try.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I hope they will like it, Lisa!

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      Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      It looks very nice. I'll mention it to some of the people I know who are always looking for new recipes.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      You will NOT be disappointed! I promise!!! MM

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Gosh this sounds just simply yummy, will definitely give it a go.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      It IS good! And if you favor the gingerbread but aren't keen on pumpkin, you can use straight vanilla pudding, or butterscotch pudding, or whatever you like!

      Hope you will give it a try and make your fellow gingerbread lovers in your life happy. MM

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      dianacharles 6 years ago from India

      Looks real good........and I do love gingerbread.

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      Susan Reid 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      It IS yummy! Like gingerbread with whipped cream on top. But also pudding. Soooo good! Try it!

      Thanks for visiting. Mm

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Yummy! Haven't had gingerbread in a long time.