Low-Fat Pumpkin Trifle

You will love this Low-Fat Pumpkin Trifle. Never has such an elegant dessert been so simple to make! Enjoy a guilt-free desert this Thanksgiving. #WomenLivingWell #Thanksgiving #pumpkin #easydesserts

Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen writes:

“I brought this dessert to Courtney’s house when she hosted a wonderful Thai meal last week. I had so many ladies come up to me and ask me for the recipe….so here it is! A beautiful, delicious, festive and low-fat (yes, I said it!) dessert for the holidays!

This is a recipe I used from my “Taste of Home Entertaining” book. It is the most requested recipe from “Taste of Home’s, Light and Tasty ” magazine.

Start off by making the cake part of the Trifle: Combine spice cake, 1 egg, water and mix well 

Pour into an ungreased 8 inch baking dish and bake at 350 for 35-40 mins until well set. Let cool.

Then, to make your filling: 4 butterscotch instant pudding mixes, 1 15 oz can of pumpkin (you can use EASY pumpkin mix -”with the spices”, or you may add 1 tsp of pumpkin spice to this step)

FIRST make just the pudding- beat the pudding mixes with the milk

It will begin to thicken -let set for about 5 mins until it is of pudding consistency.

Add pumpkin and spices (if applicable)and stir well (you may use an electric mixer on low if you desire)

Get out your Trifle bowl and start layering (you will need to get out your Cool Whip at this time!) Begin with the Spice Cake- crumble with your fingers and lay at the bottom of the bowl (if you don’t have an “official” trifle bowl-have no fear, I used a regular old mixing bowl for years until I found this one at JCPenny Outlet-Wohoo!)

Spread your pudding/pumpkin mixture on top and then crumble more cake on top of that

Add in a layer of Cool Whip

Do as many layers as you can- I topped mine with Cool Whip and dotted with the pumpkin mixture and sprinkled extra cake on top. You are going to LOVE this!!!!!! OH YUMMM!!!!

Pumpkin Trifle (18 servings)


1 box Spice Cake

1 ¼ cups water

1 egg

*Mix all ingredients and bake in an 8×8 pan at 350 for 35 mins or until set. Cool on stove or wire rack.

Pudding Filling:

4 cups skim milk

4 packages (1 oz each) instant butterscotch pudding mix

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin mix- you can use EASY, but eliminate the spices below

1 ½ tsp Pumpkin Spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp of each: ginger, nutmeg and allspice)

* In a large bowl mix milk with pudding mix. Let sit until it thickens (appx 5 mins). Add pumpkin and spices and mix well.

1 carton (12 oz) light whipped topping

Layering Process:

In a Trifle bowl (or any large bowl) layer:

1. A fourth of the cake crumbled with your hands

2. Half of the pumpkin mixture

3. A fourth of the cake crumbled

4. Half the whipped cream

5. Repeat the layers

6. Garnish with whipped topping and cake crumbs

7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



Thanks Janelle for another Fabulous Friday Recipe!

Walk with the King,

If you are in need of some fresh new recipes for the fall –
then visiting Janelle’s blog at Comfy In the Kitchen is a must! 


  1. This sounds AMAZING! I love taking, fun, yummy, new things to family get togethers, and since this is also easy (and reminds me of the tirimisu trifle that I am known for) it definitely fits the bill! 🙂 Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Hi. I love making trifles and would LOVE to have your Tarimisu Trifle recipe if at all possible. Thank you in advance and Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays!! Regards, Pam Fox

  2. Love this recipe! I made it for my wife and family. I follow your website, even though I’m a man. I’m a stay-at-home dad to three kids. My wife works full-time and I run our home. I know, it’s the opisite to what you family does. But It works for us! I always wanted to be a stay-at-home dad, and my wife often works from home. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. My husband saw this out of the corner of his eye while I was on the computer. he ehard pumpkin and butterscotch (his favorite) and he begged me to make it. I took it to a church dinner, added some walnuts for crunch and it was a huge hit!

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