There’s much more to pumpkin desserts than just pie. If you want to put a twist on Thanksgiving’s favorite dessert and flavor, you’ll fall in love with this irresistible autumn-inspired treat. Our no-bake Pumpkin Trifle is just as elegant as it is delicious with layers of Pumpkin Cake Roll slices, gingersnaps, whipped topping, and pumpkin mousse. It’s a simple yet stunning dessert that you can make ahead of time when you’re planning to entertain guests. That way, on Thanksgiving Day, you can focus just a little more on your family and a little less on the food.
More Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake Roll Recipes
If you love pumpkin-flavored desserts and want to feature more of them on your holiday table this year, you can also try our Pumpkin Pecan Cake Roll. In this holiday specialty, two Thanksgiving classics come together to form one decadent dessert. The Pumpkin Cake Roll makes for an incredibly moist and flavorful base while the piped cream cheese frosting and honey-glazed pecans give it an extra touch of elegance. It’s an easy, yet impressive treat that is perfect for the holiday season and beyond!
What You’ll Need
- A large mixing bowl for the pumpkin mousse.
- A hand mixer for combining the ingredients for the pumpkin mousse. You can do it by hand with a whisk if you don’t have a hand mixer. However, you want to be sure you mix it very well to remove any lumps.
- A trifle bowl or any clear container like a punch bowl, mixing bowl, or even glasses if you want to go with individually portioned trifles.
A trifle can typically be made up to one day in advance. If you’d like to give yourself a little more time, you can prepare the different parts of your trifle (gingersnaps, cake roll, and mousse) and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. Then, the day before you plan to serve your Pumpkin Trifle, take out all the prepared ingredients and layer.
Tips for Making the Perfect Trifle
- Prepare all the separate components of the trifle before assembling.
- Check the capacity of your dish before buying and preparing the ingredients. Larger trifle bowls or containers will possibly need more ingredients to fill them properly.
- If you’re prepping your trifle ahead of time, wait to put on any toppings (like the gingersnaps) until you are ready to serve to ensure they stay fresh and crunchy.
How to Make a Showstopping No-Bake Pumpkin Trifle
- 1 Dutch Apron® Bakery Pumpkin Cake Roll
- 4 c. gingersnaps, crushed
- 8 c. whipped topping
- ¼ c. pumpkin puree
- ¼ c. pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Caramel sauce
- Make the pumpkin mousse. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Gently fold in 4 cups of whipped topping into the spice mixture. Do not over mix. Set aside.
- While still frozen, cut the Pumpkin Cake Roll into ½” slices. Place the slices along the bottom edge of your trifle bowl or dish to line the base. Place a few additional slices laying down on the bottom of the dish to line it.
Tip: 2 slices worked perfectly for the size of trifle dish we used.
- Place 2 cups of plain whipped topping on top of the Pumpkin Cake Roll slices at the bottom of the dish. Make sure the topping is evenly spread and level.
- Next, layer on the crushed gingersnaps. Sprinkle 2 cups of the gingersnaps on top of the whipped topping layer. Spread evenly.
- Take the pumpkin mousse you set aside earlier and layer it on top of the gingersnaps. Smooth it around evenly with a spoon.
- Next, sprinkle the remaining gingersnaps evenly on top of the pumpkin mousse.
- Finally, place the rest of the plain whipped topping on top of the pumpkin mousse layer and smooth it out.
- Drizzle caramel on top and used whipped topping to line the edge of the dish. Sprinkle extra crushed gingersnaps on top. Keep your Pumpkin Trifle chilled until serving.
Entertain guests all season long with this impressive Pumpkin Trifle. It’s a fantastic desert when you need to feed a crowd and can be served at every celebration from Thanksgiving to dinner parties to harvest potlucks.