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Gingerbread Trifle Recipe

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A gingerbread trifle recipe that’s perfect for the holiday season. Not just a gingerbread man trifle, but a whole gingerbread family!

As I’ve said many times in trifle recipe posts, this is one of the easiest desserts you can make that still looks impressive. Trifles are a huge hit in my family and I hope you love them as well.

Gingerbread cookies on top of a pudding dessert.

Holiday Gingerbread Trifle Layered Dessert

It’s been a lot of fun experimenting with flavor combinations in the layers of all these trifles. This Christmas gingerbread trifle is another delicious one. If you’re looking for gingerbread trifle recipes, definitely add this one to your list.

There are so many ways to modify this recipe. Honestly, it’s hard to mess a trifle up when you are layering tasty dessert foods on top of each other. As long as you don’t stray into other food groups like the meat trifle from Friends, you should be just fine!

Gingerbread Trifle Ingredients

(Find the exact measurements in the recipe card below)

  • Spice cake and ingredients to make it
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Milk
  • Whipped topping
  • Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Family Trifle Directions

Add the milk and the instant pudding mix into a bowl and mix well until smooth.


Refrigerate the pudding for 5 minutes.

Select 3 of the best gingerbread family cookies for the top of the trifle and set aside.

Crush 15 of the gingerbread cookies and set aside.

Crush 10 more cookies and place them into a separate bowl and set aside.

spice cake rounds

Slice the spice cake round in half lengthwise so you have 2 rounds.

spice cake round in a trifle bowl

Place 1 spice cake round into the bottom of the trifle bowl.

Pudding on top of cake in a trifle

Top the cake with half of the vanilla pudding and half of the whipped topping.

Whipped cream on top of pudding and cake in a trifle.

Sprinkle with the bowl of 15 crushed gingerbread cookies.

Crushed cookies in a trifle bowl

Repeat the layers, topping with almost all the whipped topping and the bowl of 10 crushed cookies.

Cookie crumbles in a trifle bowl.

Place 3 dollops of whipped topping onto the very top and place 3 whole gingerbread cookies into the whipped topping.

Gingerbread man trifle on a table

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 12-16 people.

Gingerbread Trifle Notes and FAQ’s

I have too much cake for the trifle bowl.

Depending on the size of your trifle dish, you might have too much cake. After so many trifles, this is still something that’s never consistent for us. For this one, we made one cake round and then 12 cupcakes with the remaining batter. You can also use leftover cupcakes that you break into pieces.

Layers of pudding, whipped cream, cookies, and cake in a gingerbread trifle.

What kind of gingerbread cookies should you use?

The gingerbread cookies you see here are Pepperidge Farms Ginger Family cookies. Feel free to make your own gingerbread cookies, or use whatever you like. Using the whole family of cookies is cute on the top. Don’t overthink it when you are crushing them though. :/

Can I make a gingerbread trifle the day before?

I do not recommend making this gingerbread trifle the day before because the cookies will get soggy. You can make the cake, pudding, and get the cookies ready beforehand so you can quickly layer the trifle the day of if that helps.

Gingerbread trifle with a Christmas tree on the table.

Which pudding should I use in a gingerbread trifle?

The pudding used here is vanilla, but white chocolate pudding will look nice if you don’t love the yellow color. It’s been hard to find white chocolate pudding lately, but might be worth seeking out if that’s the color you prefer in your trifle.

Trifle Bowl

Make those trifles look fancy even though they are impossibly easy to make! Display all the layers in this gorgeous trifle bowl.

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09/25/2021 06:00 am GMT
Yield: 16 servings

Gingerbread Trifle Recipe

Gingerbread cookies on top of a pudding dessert.

A cute and tasty layered holiday dessert with gingerbread cookies, spice cake, pudding, and whipped cream.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1, 8" round spice cake, baked and cooled
  • 1 box, 3.4 oz, instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tub, 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
  • 28 gingerbread cookies, divided


  1. Add milk and pudding mix in a bowl and mix well until smooth. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. 
  2. Select 3 of the best cookies for the top of the trifle and set aside. Crush 15 cookies and set aside. Crush 10 cookies and place into a separate bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Slice round cake in half, so you have 2 rounds. Place 1 round in the bottom of the trifle bowl. Top with half of the pudding and half of the whipped topping. Sprinkle with bowl of 15 crushed cookies. Repeat layers, topping with almost all of the whipped topping and bowl of 10 crushed cookies. Place 3 dollops of whipped topping onto the top and place 3 whole cookies into the whipped topping. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. 
  4. Serves 12-16

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 6g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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