Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

I think this may be the very first recipe I have posted here.  It is also the first recipe I have ever written!

I made this for one of my mom’s several birthday celebrations yesterday.  For her it is a month-long celebration and we are in the midst of it!  I am not sure I am going to survive.

But back to the recipe!  I came up with it because my mom loves pumpkin pie.  And we may have already had one of those in the last couple of weeks.  Don’t judge.  And we have already had a red velvet cake  with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cupcakes with white frosting in the throes of these celebrations.  So I wanted to create a dessert worthy of this sweets eating clan but not necessarily cake/cupcakes.  I think this recipe is a keeper!  Everyone loved it and several asked for the recipe.  That means it’s good, right?!  Plus, you know me by now, if it’s not easy, I am not making it.  You can be assured this recipe is pretty fool-proof.  Try it and let me know what you think!

pumpkin cheesecake trifle

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle


  • 1 Spice cake mix
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages instant sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (12 oz) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed


  1. Combine dry cake mix and can pumpkin.  Mix well.  Bake according to package directions.  Cake will be dense.  Cool completely.  Cut into 1 inch cubes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and pudding mix until mixture begins to thicken.  Fold in 8 oz whipped topping.
  3. In a trifle bowl or glass serving dish, place half of the cake, half of the pudding mixture, half of the crushed graham cracker and half of the 12 ounce container of whipped topping.  Repeat layers.  Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight before serving.

This recipe is very low in Weight Watchers PointsPlus!

As you can see, I couldn’t find my trifle dish.  It is packed in a box somewhere.  So I improvised with a glass punch bowl!  It was a little bigger that needed, but worked in a pinch.

I also got a little creative with the decorative top.  I wanted to put candles on top since this was after all a birthday party, but I was afraid the whipped topping wouldn’t hold them up.  I then thought of getting a small pumpkin, drilling a small hole in it to act as a candle holder.  Four stores later I found the perfect pumpkin!  And it was 80% off.  Even better!  So for $0.60 I had a one of a kind candle holder.

pumpkin birthday candle holder

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?  I am a huge fan of my uncle’s pecan pie!


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