Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle

Do you like tiramisu? And what about a trifle? If you answered both “yes”, there’s good news. I’ve combined both desserts in this luscious Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle.

Hi, friends. How are you? Have you opened your Christmas baking season? How many recipes are ready for your blogs? How many cookies have you baked, and most importantly, eaten?

Today I’ve brought something amazingly delicious, incredibly luscious and silky, slightly boozy, fabulously decadent, ridiculously easy to make, and surprisingly healthy treat. Well, please disregard the last statement as the false one. The truth is it’s far from being classified healthy. If you like the traditional Italian tiramisu, you must know mascarpone makes everything rich, velvety, and so good. However, the brutal truth about life #127 states that we normally have to pay for everything rich, velvety, and good.

Certainly, I can say something nice like “Don’t worry, folks. A little bowl of this Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle won’t hurt. We all need a little indulgence sometimes”. Let’s be honest, though. Most likely, you won’t be able to limit yourself to one humble bowl.

What can I say? We’re about to face the holiday season anyway, so close your eyes and make this huge bowl disappear!

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle

Talking about the holiday season, I didn’t realize until today that my American friends are celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Seriously, I thought it would be only next week. I’m a little upset because I’ve got some delicious sweet potato gratin I was going to post before Thanksgiving, but apparently, it would appear later. On the other hand, there’s always room for some yummy sweet potato dish, isn’t it?

Besides, this Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle could easily be the star (One of the stars) of your Thanksgiving menu. It’s a quintessence of this time of the year – earthy and simple pumpkin season combined with something more luxurious.

So, my friends, please grab a big spoon enjoy this sumptuous dessert.

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle

Category: Dessert, Tiramisu & Trifle


  • 550-600 gr. mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 1 - 1,5 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp. pumpkin spice (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • about 300 ml. fresh strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup dark rum, or a little more to taste
  • about 300-350 gr. Savoiardi (Lady finger cookies)
  • dark cacao powder, to serve


  1. Place the mascarpone in a large bowl and beat at low speed, 30 seconds.
  2. Add the pumpkin pure and vanilla, and continue beating until incorporated, about 30 seconds more.
  3. Incorporate the powdered sugar and spices, and continue beating at low speed to combine. Try and adjust to your taste (You may wish to add more powdered sugar, spices, and even a little more pumpkin pure).
  4. In a medium bowl combine the coffee and rum (Try other kinds of alcohol like amaretto or kahlua - it should be even more interesting!)
  5. Take a large trifle bowl (or any other deep bowl) and place some mascarpone cream on the bottom.
  6. Dip one cookie in the coffee and place in the bowl. If you like a drier version, dip a cookie for a second, if you prefer a moister version (like this one), keep it in the coffee for longer time. Personally, we like tiramisu/trifle very moist, so I dip cookies for 3-5 seconds and then additionally drizzle with more coffee after placing them into the bowl.
  7. Repeat until you have the layer of cookies.
  8. Spread a good amount of the cream over the cookies.
  9. Repeat few layers until the ingredients are over. If you don't have a deep trifle bowl, you can always take two instead.The last year should be mascarpone.
  10. Refregirate for at least few hours - better overnight.
  11. Sprinkle with cacao powder before serving.
  12. Enjoy!





7 thoughts on “Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu Trifle

  1. Vee says:

    I am trying this one as a friend gave me home grown pumpkin and cardamon. Just in time too as i have friends coming over tomorrow on short notice. Pureeing the pumpkin at this moment now.

  2. Ben, I LOVE LOVE LOVE any and every trifle! It’s my all-time favorite! I can’t think of a better way to make tiramisu! I may have to break out that last can of pumpkin in the pantry for this one … thanks for the recipe!

  3. I still remember the place where I first tried tiramisu, I’ve loved it ever since. Pumpkin Tiramisu though, hmm, I love both flavours so I feel I will have to give it a go. Being the only one in the house who likes pumpkin however, will mean more for me!

  4. My eyes have fallen out of their sockets! Tiramisu trifle? Absolutely! I love tiramisu. Heck I even made a cheesecake out of it and stuck it on my blog, but never thought of doing a trifle of it. This is sensational Ben, I’m licking my lips and dreaming of this amazing dessert. Pinned.

  5. I love, love, love tiramisu! The hint of espresso combined with the creamy mascarpone is just perfection in a bowl. I haven’t tiramisu in quite some time, though, and I’m thinking I need to make another soon! And I’m thinking I need to make it in trifle form. And I’m thinking I need to add pumpkin. Actually, I just need to make this recipe! Haha! Seriously, though, Ben, this sounds like the perfect holiday dessert! And don’t worry about the sweet potato gratin…it’ll be just as good on the Christmas table as it would have been on the Thanksgiving table. :-)
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