I’ve never morphed one dessert into a totally new dish before. But there’s always a first time for everything.


On Thanksgiving Day, we made two desserts. One was a homemade berry pie and the other was this Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Cider Sauce.

By Saturday afternoon, we still had about half the pumpkin cake leftover and half of the caramel sauce so Nick’s dad and I started brainstorming – what could we do with the rest of the cake and sauce to make sure we didn’t waste it?


I’ve had trifles before, but I’ve never tried making my own. And while we didn’t have the actual “trifle” dish, I think it came out perfect.

This is a great way to use up extra cake or sweet breads and it’s versatile enough to stand up to just about any flavor combination you could put together.


Pumpkin, White Chocolate, and Caramel Toffee Trifle

  • 4 cups cubed pumpkin / spice cake or bread
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package White Chocolate Jello instant pudding
  • 1/2 cup Heath toffee pieces
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (we used the leftover caramel cider sauce, but regular caramel – store bought or homemade – would also be delicious)
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  1. In bowl, whisk pudding mix into 2 cups milk and set aside to thicken up.
  2. Take caramel sauce (cooled, if you make your own) and stir in heavy cream.
  3. Beat cream and caramel mixture until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In trifle dish or other large dish, layer half of the cubed cake/bread.
  5. Spread on half of the pudding, sprinkle half of the toffee pieces and top with half of the whipped caramel cream.
  6. Take the rest of the ingredients and do one more layer – cake/bread, pudding, and whipped cream – and top with the remaining toffee.
  7. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.


A fair warning?

This won’t last long.

And if you’re the one putting this together, make sure you taste the whipped cream on its own. It’s pretty incredible.


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  1. Oh

    This looks to die for.

  2. This sounds so decadant! But I guess “Go Big or Go Home!” is the way to go! :-)

  3. Creative use of your leftover dessert. :)

  4. Oh my. How creative – and GENIUS!!!

  5. That looks SOOOOOO good.

    I think trifles of this nature might be my favorite dessert. You get the creaminess of the pudding mixture, but also the whole textural thing…

  6. The cake itself sounds to-die-for, but this trifle?? Holy yum!!

  7. Amazing! I have always wanted to make a triffle (I’ve never even tasted one, but I can tell I’d love it) but for some reason it seems intimidating.

  8. I love the way you capture the deliciousness of this triffle. It sounds so yummy. I just love this recipe :)

  9. This is so genius, I wouldn’t know how to stop after one bowl full.

  10. I love trifle, but never try making my own for some reason. This looks absolutely perfect!! I’d definitely just sit in front of it with a spoon :)

  11. I love trifle and bread pudding. I’m sure this dessert would have been the one I’d pick had I had a choice!

  12. I would devour this!!! Ahhhhh, such love for this dessert.

  13. Great way to recreate those leftovers!

  14. Who needs a triffle dish to make a tasty dessert? I love how you created it into another dessert.

  15. Oh my goodness.. this looks incredible! I can see why it wouldn’t last long.

  16. oh my gosh- totally drool worthy! Better than the original dessert I think! nom nom

  17. oh man, this looks awesome. what a great way to make a whole new dessert :) not that the first one wasn’t exciting!

  18. I didn’t need to read any more than the title to know I wanted a bite!!

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