Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cran-Pomegranate Sauce

Today I’m participating in a virtual Holiday Brunch Potluck, with a Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cran-Pomegranate Sauce.

Pumpkin Trifle

I’m serving a gorgeous Pumpkin Trifle with old fashioned gingerbread, whipped pumpkin cream, and tangy cranberry pomegranate sauce. To me, these are the flavors that SCREAM holidays, so why not combine them in a vibrant festive showcase?

Gingerbread Trifle

The gingerbread trifle base starts with dense traditional gingerbread, a heavy, lightly sweetened cake with intense flavor. Light and fluffy pumpkin cream adds contrast to the gingerbread, while the sweet and tart cranberry sauce offers POP with pomegranate essence and a splash of raspberry liqueur. Every holiday dessert needs a little boozy nip to warm the tummy on cold winter evenings.

How To Make Trifle

This Pumpkin Trifle is a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. In addition, it makes a fantastic edible centerpiece for your holiday table.

Make sure to check out all the glorious dishes on the potluck menu below!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

The Drink
Godiva Mudslide Minitini – Kristen from Dine & Dish

Main Dishes
Gingerbread French Toast – Diane from Created by Diane
Asian Fusion Omelette/Frittata – Jeanette from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Side Dishes
Potato Casserole – Julie from The Little Kitchen
Hazelnut Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food
Macaroni & Cheese – Naomi from Bakers Royale

Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce – Sommer
Almond Brickle Coffee Cake – Kathy from Cooking On the Side
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream – Cheryl from TidyMom

Party Favor/Hostess Gift
Dark Chocolate Bark with Ginger, Pumpkin Seeds and Apricots – Sylvie from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Pumpkin Trifle

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time:30 minutes active time

Cook Time:1 hour

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8 oz. pomegranate juice
12 oz. fresh cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
3 Tb. raspberry liqueur

For the Gingerbread:
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 tsp ground ginger
1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¾ tsp. salt
1 ½ cup AP flour
½ cup hot water
1 ½ tsp. baking soda

For the Pumpkin Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 small pomegranate, arils removed


Place a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Place all the ingredients for the cranberry sauce in the pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat a little and simmer for 10-15 minutes to thicken. The sauce should be a thin jelly consistency that will thicken when it chills. Remove from heat and place in the fridge.

For the gingerbread, grease an 8 X 8 baking dish and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, molasses, egg, spices and salt together until smooth. Slowly add the flour and whisk until well combined.

Heat ½ cup tap water until it’s hot to the touch. Mix the baking soda into the hot water, then slowly whisk the water into the batter. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.

Once cooled flip out of the pan and cut into 1 inch cubes.

For the pumpkin cream, whip 1 cup of heavy cream with an electric mixer. Set the whipped cream aside, and using a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, sugar and pumpkin pie spice together until fluffy and smooth. Scrape the bowl and gently beat the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture.

Once the cranberry sauce has chilled, start layering the gingerbread trifle: 1/3 cake cubes on the bottom, 1/3 pumpkin cream, half the cranberry sauce. Repeat. On the top, place the last 1/3 of gingerbread cubes and top with the last of the pumpkin cream. Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils. You should have 3 layers of cake, 3 layers of cream, and 2 layers of cranberry.

QUICKIE VERSION: The holidays can be crazy! Make this even faster by buying gingerbread cake at a bakery and GOOD pre-made cranberry sauce from a gourmet grocery store. Make the pumpkin cream and layer as directed.

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61 comments on “Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cran-Pomegranate Sauce

  1. RHposted December 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply

    This looks very delicious and I plan on making this for Christmas dinner. I do have one question though. The directions state to “gently beat the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture”. Do you do this with the electric mixer or do you do this by hand?

  2. Kimmyposted December 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I cannot wait- getting ingredients today and will report back! (Hope it won’t be a ‘Pinterest Fail’ lol!)

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  15. Kalynposted December 17, 2011 at 9:28 am Reply

    The photos of this dish are just stunning and it sounds amazing.

  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 14, 2011 at 6:17 am Reply

    so pretty and inviting!

  17. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted December 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Very festive! I’m digging that Mudslide Martini… such a great lineup of food and bloggers!

  18. Georgia Pellegriniposted December 9, 2011 at 11:19 am Reply

    Now that is a show-stopping holiday dessert. The flavor combination sounds divine. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Delishhhposted December 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm Reply

    OMG this looks soo good – awesome pictures too.

  20. Divya @flavourfiestaposted December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Wow, that’s definitely not the trifle I’m used to. I love how it’s like a more grown-up and gourmet version of the classic trifle. You’ve got talent, girl!

  21. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted December 8, 2011 at 9:33 am Reply

    Love the colors in this! Gorgeous!

  22. Lora ~ cakeduchessposted December 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm Reply

    Gorgeous trifle Sommer. I adore gingerbread and need to try this recipe during the holidays. I like your quicker version option too:)xo

  23. Nisrineposted December 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Delicious trifle and photos, Sommer. I love gingerbread and this one looks supermoist.

  24. Dmarieposted December 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm Reply

    absolutely GORGEOUS!!

  25. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}posted December 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm Reply

    What a beautiful dessert! The flavors sound so delicious and I am a sucker for anything with ginger lately.

  26. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)posted December 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm Reply

    That would be a spectacular centerpiece for any holiday meal!

  27. Angie's Recipesposted December 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I love trifle too! This looks amazing! Stunning colour.

  28. Mariaposted December 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Gorgeous trifle!

  29. Rosaposted December 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Mmmmhhh, delicious! I love trifles.



  30. Curtposted December 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Oh man, I love trifle, and this looks so delicious! I love pomegranates.

  31. TidyMomposted December 7, 2011 at 7:37 am Reply

    What a stunning and delicious dessert!! I love the combo of flavors!!

  32. JulieDposted December 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm Reply

    This looks amazing, Sommer! This would be a huge hit at my house!

  33. Kathy - Panini Happyposted December 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm Reply

    This is SO pretty, Sommer!

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  35. torviewtorontoposted December 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm Reply

    dessert looks fabulous lovely colourful combination

  36. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted December 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm Reply

    This looks so incredibly good! Love the combo of the gingerbread and pumpkin!

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  38. A Canadian Foodieposted December 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm Reply

    What an outstandingly gorgeous dessert that just screams: “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” and the flavours would be just as bold. Love the intense colour of the sauce. Stunning. I think I could add some of the sour cherries I have in my freezer to this with still great effect.

  39. carolinaheartstringsposted December 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm Reply

    This looks so beautiful. Fantastic job. I know it tastes as good as it looks.

  40. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted December 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Now that’s a showstopper! I’m coming to your house for brunch. ;-)

  41. Emily @ Life on Foodposted December 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm Reply

    Beautiful holiday dish. I love all of the ingredients. Cannot imagine having them all combined. Will have to try this out soon.

  42. Diane {Created by Diane}posted December 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm Reply

    This is so pretty. Must be so wonderful, I have my fork all ready to dig in :)

  43. vianneyposted December 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Love the colors, totally need ot make a trifle soon, thanks!!

  44. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchenposted December 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm Reply

    Sommer! This is incredible! I love the colours first off but it is an absolutely perfect combo of Christmas flavours. Sherry Trifle – you are so over! Make way for a Spicy Perspective on this dessert!

  45. [email protected]posted December 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm Reply

    This is stunning!! I always forget about how gorgeous, and delicious, trifles are!

  46. easyfoodsmithposted December 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm Reply

    OMG! what beautiful colours and an amazing trifle. It is oozing of the festivity in air!

  47. jennifurlaposted December 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, I could barely wait for the pictures as I read the title…yummy

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  49. Kristenposted December 6, 2011 at 11:36 am Reply

    What a beautiful trifle. It just screams “festive!” That whole meal sounds delightful.

  50. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 6, 2011 at 10:44 am Reply

    so pretty! Looks fantastic girl!

  51. The Farmers Wifeposted December 6, 2011 at 10:05 am Reply

    Oh wow… This looks beyond amazing! I would gladly eat a giant helping of that right now! Fantastic recipe!

  52. Heleneposted December 6, 2011 at 10:04 am Reply

    Oh my that looks delicious. I especially like that sauce on top.

  53. Baker Streetposted December 6, 2011 at 10:01 am Reply

    Wow! That looks seriously good! Can’t wait to try it.

  54. Kiri W.posted December 6, 2011 at 10:15 am Reply

    Mmmm, that looks amazing! I love gingerbread, and pumpkin cream must accent it beautifully. The color splash of your dessert is to die for :)

  55. Jeanetteposted December 6, 2011 at 8:57 am Reply

    Sommer – this trifle does scream Holidays! Stunning visually and I can only imagine how decadent this tastes. Wish we could host a real brunch to taste each other’s treats.

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  60. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 6, 2011 at 7:19 am Reply

    Oh my! This sounds fantastic! That sauce alone is drinkable :)

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