This is one of my favorite deserts to make and is really simple. I have two recipes for this one is all from scratch and one is made simple by using boxed items. This is the simple way. I will post the scratch method at a later date. This is so simple and so good.
1 Spice Cake mix
1 16 oz cool whip
1 box pumpkin pudding mix
2 cups half and half
1 pound walnuts or pecans roughly chopped
1 small can pumpkin
pumpkin pie spice mix
Cook spice cake according to package directions. Let cool. Once cake is cooled cut into one inch squares and set aside.
While cake is cooling make pudding according to directions only using half and half instead of reg. milk. Put in fridge to set up.
Take pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix in a bowl. Add just enough spice mix to have a hint of the spice in the pumpkin. Do not put too much spice in the mix or it will be overpowering. I find that I use around 1 1/2 tsp. of the spice for the way we like it. Adjust according to how you like it.
Mix pudding and cool whip together
Take a trifle dish or large glass bowl and put a layer of the spice cake for the first layer.
Next add a layer of the pumpkin
Now add a layer of nuts
Now add a layer of the pudding mixture and add nuts on top of that.
Repeat this process until you fill the trifle dish ending with the nut layer on top.
Put in fridge until time to serve. You can top with a plain dollop of cool whip or eat as is. It is good either way you serve it.