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Pumpkin Trifle

Pumpkin Trifle – An elegant fall dessert that’s perfect to feed a crowd! Gorgeous layers of pumpkin roll, crushed gingersnaps, pumpkin mousse, and whipped cream!

Pumpkin Trifle

So this pumpkin trifle is just phenomenal! I am so happy with how everything about this trifle turned out! This was my very first time making a trifle, and I was so excited to get to share this incredible dessert with friends! With fall season in full swing, I have been looking forward to getting my first pumpkin roll of the season but this year, I wanted to do something special with it, something creative and over the top, so I decided to making a pumpkin trifle with it!

This may be surprising, but this dessert is actually really easy to make! I am already on planning on making it again for Thanksgiving because it is such an awesome way to feed a crowd! All you have to do it slice up the pumpkin roll, whip up the pumpkin mousse, crush some gingersnaps, and layer everything.  Make sure you have a trifle dish before you make this!

As soon as I got home, I got right to work on making the trifle up! I topped it with caramel sauce and if you have the time to make some homemade, I highly suggest! It really brings out the flavors of the pumpkin roll in the trifle wonderfully!

Common Questions About Making a Pumpkin Trifle

What is a trifle?

A trifle is a layered British dessert that typically made with lady fingers, custard, and other fillings such as fruit, sponge cake, whipped cream, etc.

What is a pumpkin trifle?

A pumpkin trifle is a variation on a classic trifle which uses a sliced pumpkin roll, pumpkin mousse, gingersnaps, and fresh whipped cream.

What variations can I make on this recipe?

There are some great variations you can make on this recipe such as –

  • Using pumpkin cake instead of a pumpkin roll.
  • Using gingerbread cookies instead of gingersnap cookies.
  • Adding a layer of butterscotch pudding.
  • Adding 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice to the whipped cream.
  • Topping it with candied walnuts or candied pecans.

What kind of caramel sauce should I use?

Either store-bought caramel sauce or homemade will be great in this recipe. I used homemade salted caramel sauce but bourbon salted caramel sauce or butterscotch sauce would be amazing too!

Can I use a homemade pumpkin roll?

Yes! Either homemade or store-bought will work in this recipe. I used store-bought for convenience.

What other trifles can I make?

There are so many amazing varieties of trifles! Some of my favorites are –

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Yield: 12 Servings

Pumpkin Trifle

Pumpkin Trifle

Pumpkin Trifle - An elegant fall dessert that’s perfect to feed a crowd! Gorgeous layers of pumpkin roll, crushed gingersnaps, pumpkin mousse, and whipped cream!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin roll
  • 4 cups gingersnaps, crushed
  • 8 cups whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Fold in 4 cups of whipped cream carefully, do not over mix. Set aside.
  2. Cut the pumpkin roll into 1/4″ slices. Place slices along the bottom edge of the dish (my trifle dish used exactly 5 slices of the pumpkin roll to line the base). Place additional slices laying down on the bottom to line it (2 slices laying down worked perfect for my dish).
  3. Place 2 cups of whipped topping on top of the pumpkin roll slices at the bottom of the dish, smoothing it around a bit with a spoon to make sure it is even.
  4. The next layer is some of the crushed gingersnaps. Sprinkle 2 cups of the gingersnaps on top of the whipped topping layer.
  5. Transfer the pumpkin mousse from the mixing bowl into the trifle dish, smoothing it around a bit with a spoon to make sure it is even.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining gingersnaps evenly on top of the pumpkin mousse.
  7. Place the rest of the whipped topping on top and smooth it out.
  8. Drizzle caramel on top and use whipped topping to line the edge of the dish. Sprinkle extra crushed gingersnaps on top. Keep chilled until serving.

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