I won 3rd place in a cook-off with this very easy holiday recipe.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

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  • Combine the cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs, and pie spice in a large mixing bowl; pour into the prepared dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cut the cake into 1-inch cubes.

  • Whisk together the milk and cheesecake pudding mix. Allow to set, about 2 minutes. Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture.

  • Layer 1/3 of the cake cubes into the bottom of a large bowl; top with 1/3 of the cream mixture and sprinkle with 1/3 of the pecans and toffee bit. Repeat layering until all ingredients are uses. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

378.1 calories; 4.5 g protein; 42.7 g carbohydrates; 39.7 mg cholesterol; 423.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2008
This is FABULOUS!! I have made it for two parties so far and everyone loved it! I did not use toffee but used walnuts and pecans and caramel instead--very good. I also did not mix the whipped cream and pudding together so I could have three layers instead of two. It is a great trifle recipe for the holidays! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
This recipe has an error in it. You are supposed to put the pumpkin in the pudding. That is why several have not had enough filling. The pumpkin does not go in the cake mix. If done correctly this is a five star. Read More
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114 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 87
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
This recipe has an error in it. You are supposed to put the pumpkin in the pudding. That is why several have not had enough filling. The pumpkin does not go in the cake mix. If done correctly this is a five star. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2008
This is FABULOUS!! I have made it for two parties so far and everyone loved it! I did not use toffee but used walnuts and pecans and caramel instead--very good. I also did not mix the whipped cream and pudding together so I could have three layers instead of two. It is a great trifle recipe for the holidays! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2007
I did not make this exact recipe but the one with butterscotch pudding and gingerbread cake from quickcooking.com. Oh my god! It was the best new recipe I made at Thanksgiving! There was another Pumpkin trifle like this one that I will try too. I'm sure this one is just as delicious! I wanted to lick the bowl clean and didn't want to give up leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2008
FANTASTIC! made a few changes based on some reviews though...i also put caramel on top of the cake. also mixed a tiny bit of pumpkin in with the cheesecake pudding to give it a little color since i added a 3rd layer of plain cool whip. fantastic!!! one more change i made was i made the cake in 2 round pans so i could just lay the layers in instead of cubing the cake it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
My Husband and I made this for Christmas Eve desert; easy to make and very good. If we were to make this again we would go easy on the nuts and add some type of caramel/butterscotch sauce after the cake layer. Made the day before! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2008
The PERFECT fall dessert! This is SO delicious! I just made it for a gathering of friends then my husband took it to his fall work party RAVE reviews both times!! It's the perfect combination of pumpkin and creaminess! I added a pkg. of cream cheese to the cheesecake pudding and cool whip otherwise followed exactly. Will DEFINITELY make this again and again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
Mmm so good! One of the best things I've ever made. I combined this recipe with another one I found on the Taste of Home website. I used this cake recipe exactly. Then I made and mixed together a package of butterscotch pudding and cheesecake pudding (vanilla pudding would be tasty too). I added a layer of cool whip and then crushed up gingersnaps. Repeat the layers and you've just made heaven in a trifle dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2008
Yummy!!! Great fall dessert! The only addition I made was to drizzle caramel (Smuckers ice cream topping) over the pecan/toffee bit layer! Thank you for a hit dessert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
This turned out way better than it sounded. I made some pumpkin muffins I didn't care for that much. I was heading to a football party so I thought I would try to salvage the muffins and turn them into something else. I found this recipe. There was none left by the end of the game. I did follow the advice of others. I had 3 layers including a cream cheese and cool whip mix a vanilla pudding/pumpkin puree mix and pumpkin muffins torn in bite-sized pieces. I bought sugar coated pecans and crushed for the topping. Read More
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