Pumpkin Pecan Trifle

Here’s something different for your Thanksgiving dessert table! This pumpkin trifle is easy and it’s yummy! I used a store bought cinnamon swirl type cake, instant pudding and whipped topping. You could certainly upgrade this dessert by making your own cake and whipped cream. But why? This version is delicious!

Pumpkin Pecan Trifle

Category: DESSERTS, Puddings & Parfaits

Servings:  12 Servings

Pumpkin Pecan Trifle


  • 1 store bought pound cake or cinnamon streusel type cake
  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin
  • 2 (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup chopped pecans & 1 cup chopped maple sugar pecans (or candied pecans) missed together (reserve 2 TBS for garnish)
  • Whipped topping
  • Caramel sauce


  1. Cube the equivalent of 6 cups of cake. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, instant vanilla pudding, milk, light brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to set.
  3. In a trifle bowl, place one layer of cake cubes on the bottom of the bowl. Then top with half the pumpkin pudding mix and half the pecan mixture. Continue by adding the remaining cake cubes and the remaining pudding. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle the reserved pecans on top.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve.

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