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Mini Pumpkin Spice Trifles

These miniature trifles are so fun for fall holiday parties! The assembly takes a little longer than making one big trifle, but it's worth it to see everyone's reaction to getting their own! —Rhiannon Brownell, Newport News, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional ground cinnamon, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together the first 8 ingredients. In another bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar and oil until smooth; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture; beat until well blended.
  • Line a 9-in. square baking pan with parchment; grease paper. Pour in batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
  • For filling, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  • To assemble, cut cake into 1/2-in. cubes. In 8 juice glasses or small parfait glasses, alternate layers of cake and filling, ending with filling. If desired, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you like, you can sprinkle the cake cubes with a little brandy, schnapps or rum.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 573 calories, 29g fat (9g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 419mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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