Pumpkin trifle

    2 hours 10 min

    If you love spiced pumpkin and trifles, you will love this recipe. Cubed spiced sponge cake is layered with a creamy cheesecake filling, chopped toffees and pecans. A truly decadent dessert.

    93 people made this

    Serves: 20 

    • 520g sponge cake mix
    • 100g instant vanilla pudding, such as Angel Delight
    • 250g pumpkin puree
    • 120ml water
    • 120ml vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or ground allspice
    • 500ml cold milk
    • 100g cheesecake filling mix
    • 300ml double cream, whipped
    • 120g toasted pecans, chopped
    • 250g toffees, unwrapped and chopped

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease a 23x33cm baking dish.
    2. Combine the sponge cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin puree, water, oil, eggs and spices in a large mixing bowl; pour into the prepared dish.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cut the cake into 2.5cm cubes.
    4. Whisk together the milk and cheesecake filling mix. Allow to set, about 2 minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.
    5. Layer 1/3 of the cake cubes into the bottom of a large bowl; top with 1/3 of the cream mixture and sprinkle with 1/3 of the pecans and chopped toffees. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


    Cheesecake filling mix can be purchased online. Alternatively, you can buy the boxed cheesecake mixes in supermarkets and use just the filling mix (discarding the biscuit crumbs).

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    This recipe has an error in it. You are supposed to put the pumpkin in the pudding. That is why several have not had enough filling. The pumpkin does not go in the cake mix. If done correctly this is a five star.  -  30 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is FABULOUS!! I have made it for two parties so far and everyone loved it! I did not use toffee but used walnuts and pecans and caramel instead--very good. I also did not mix the whipped cream and pudding together so I could have three layers instead of two. It is a great trifle recipe for the holidays!  -  04 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I did not make this exact recipe, but the one with butterscotch pudding and gingerbread cake from quickcooking.com. Oh my god! It was the best new recipe I made at Thanksgiving! There was another Pumpkin trifle, like this one, that I will try, too. I'm sure this one is just as delicious! I wanted to lick the bowl clean and didn't want to give up leftovers.  -  23 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)