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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

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Pumpkin Trifle

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cran-Pomegranate Sauce.
Servings: 10


For the Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce:

For the Gingerbread:

For the Pumpkin Cream:


  • 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 8x8-inch 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 1/2 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 593kcal, Carbohydrates: 80g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 580mg, Potassium: 586mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 59g, Vitamin A: 3185IU, Vitamin C: 8.3mg, Calcium: 138mg, Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, English
Author: Sommer Collier

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62 comments on “Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle with Cran-Pomegranate Sauce”

  1. Love this twist for a fall dessert

  2. 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?

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

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

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

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

  19. OMG this looks soo good – awesome pictures too.

  20. 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. Love the colors in this! Gorgeous!

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

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

  24. absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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

  26. That would be a spectacular centerpiece for any holiday meal!

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

  28. Mmmmhhh, delicious! I love trifles.



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

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

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

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  33. dessert looks fabulous lovely colourful combination

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

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  36. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  42. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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