Pumpkin Coconut Cream Trifle

by Kiran on September 25, 2012 · 87 comments

in Desserts, Vegan

Hey there.

As I sit at my desk, typing away at the recipe for this post, I cannot help but ponder how much my life is now surrounded not only with family and friends — but with food.

I’m definitely not a trained chef or whatever — but like humanity has evolved, I’d love to think the same for the appreciation I have for food. There’s a whole lotta sauce simmering in my head with so many ideas. And dare I say everything screams “food” all the time?

Yup, my life evolves around food. Most of the time.

Cooking is sort of natural to me — I begin at a tender age of 12, where I was allowed to pan fry vegetables, naturally with an adult supervision.

But decorating desserts is a game changer for me. Really.

Its not that I dislike it — but it involves a mad set of skills. I have “mad” skills. Just not in baking or cake decorating.

Le sigh. Let me narrate to you an example.

Making trifle is so easy, but layering it for a shot is so difficult. At least to me. First, I used a couple of spoons. And that definitely dirtied the dessert cups. And more spoons to wash.

Messy I tell ya.

Then I used different pastry bag tips to experiment. Definitely ate my weight along the way too. But still couldn’t pipe fancily.

I almost threw in the towel, and was so tempted to just gobble it all up and call it quits.

But I’m a sharer. Nothing is consumed in my home without sharing. Even if that meant a teaspoon or a morsel of food.

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Servings: 4


  • 1 whole packet of Biscoff cookies*
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin puree, chilled
  • 1 (14oz) can of coconut cream, chilled *
  • 1/8 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 tsp all-spice or pumpkin spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


  1. In a food processor, pulse Biscoff cookies with coconut oil until coarse crumbs. Cover with cling-wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a hour.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients in a huge prep glass bowl. Fold everything until combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Cover pumpkin coconut cream with a cling-wrap and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.
  4. Serve in fancy dessert glasses by layering cookie crumbs with chilled cream.
  5. Serve immediately topped with toasted coconut flakes.
  • Any cookies are fine as a substitute.
  • Coconut cream has to be thick. No water residue whatsoever. If needed, double-fold a muslin cloth and place coconut cream to drain excess moisture before making the trifle.

If you don’t mind the rusticness of serving trifle, then just go ahead and make a pile in a dessert plate. Grab a fork and dig in. Don’t be me, wasting precious time judging skills that I might never acquire. Ever.

But who cares? It only needs to taste good, right?

Does your life evolves around food too? What is simmering in your thoughts right this second? 😀


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1 Rosa September 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Gorgeous pictures and trifle! A wonderful combination. I wish I could taste it right now…



2 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Rosa — thanks love 🙂

3 Charul @ Tadka Masala September 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Ok, that is unbelievably my story too! I mean my life too revolves around food now-a-days .. As for the sauce simmering in my mind, I have a khichdi poured with a good tablespoon full of ghee on the top and cheese sandwiches and brownies with ice-cream and caramel and I think I should stop! Yep, it revolves so much so around food that when I am not thinking about (read making) food in my head I am reading all the lovely people who writes about food.
AND, the trifle looks absolutely perfect. Don’t under-estimate yourself. If you are still unsure, wait till I make one of these. Haha!
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4 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Charul — lol, you made me laugh out so loud 🙂

5 Asmita September 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Hi Kiran,
Your trifle looks lovely! Great combination of flavors and superb presentation!
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6 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Hi Asmita — thanks so much 🙂

7 amy @ fearless homemaker September 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM

My life definitely revolves around food. It brings such joy into my life + my friends’/family’s life now, too, which makes me happy. This trifle looks + sounds divine. Despite your initial frustrations with plating it prettily, it looks like you wound up doing a wonderful job. So lovely!
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8 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Amy — I love it when food brings everyone so much joy and togetherness!

9 Ina gawne September 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Mercy….this looks to die for! I must make this soon. I am too crazy busy…but but but…I so so want this! Will keep you posted…and when I can will do a link back to you. Thank you for this great recipe, which I know will easily work gluten free! 🙂

10 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Ina — make it please! It takes so little time and effort. Let me know how it tastes 🙂

11 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) September 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I love the flavor of this dish and the mood you captured with the lens. Beautiful! and so glad you shared it!
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12 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Alyssa — thanks a lot dear 🙂

13 Hotly Spiced September 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

That is such a pretty looking dessert Kiran. Just gorgeous. I’ve never had a pumpkin trifle before – what a great twist on a classic! xx
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14 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Charlie — thank you so much dear 🙂

15 Raymund September 26, 2012 at 2:20 AM

I guess even-though bloggers like us are not chef we cook more variety than they do which gives us that edge 😉
BTW that tifle is nicely presented
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16 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Raymund — I’ve got to agree with you 😉

17 tania@mykitchenstories.com.au September 26, 2012 at 3:53 AM

Well I dont find it hard to put food on the plate . I can make that look just fine ….its just taking an interesting photo like you do that is hard.
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18 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Tania — I’m sure you’d do fine as well 🙂

19 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 26, 2012 at 4:41 AM

That looks like a killer trifle! But yes things in glasses are so hard to photograph. But yours are beautiful! 😀
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20 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Lorraine — thanks love. And I agree about glasses!

21 Choc Chip Uru September 26, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Superb combination of flavours my friend, love pumpkin desserts 😀

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22 Kiran September 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Uru — thanks a lot my dear 🙂

23 Nava Krishnan September 26, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Sometimes I am also lost on the decos and I need to think so hard how to do it. I used to cook when I growing up and then slowed down because I was busy building my career and life. Now that everything is almost settled down, I am back to cooking, more often than before.

Lovely trifle and looks so good. I seldom make desserts because both of us at home don’t fancy anything sweet but of course, why not to this trifle as a wonderful treat.
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24 Kiran October 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Nava — this trifle is a healthier treat, so have a go at it 🙂

25 Sophie September 26, 2012 at 7:36 AM

You know that Biscoff cookies originate from Belgium???

They are called speculaas or speculoos cookies in Belgium! Hahaha! What a fabulous & tasty creation !!
I so much am in love iwth these stunning filled glasses!

Waw! Great for a dinner party & so special too! Georgous layers & colours too!
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26 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Sophie — wow, I never knew the origins of Biscoff. Thanks for sharing the info 🙂

27 Norma Chang September 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Your trifle presentation and photo is gorgeous. Very upscale.
It is pumpkin season your recipe is very timely.

28 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Norma — thanks love 🙂

29 Simply Vicky September 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This looks beautiful!! So perfect for Fall…and your photos and styling is simply gorgeous!

30 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Vicky — welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely compliments 🙂

31 Katerina September 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Sometimes it is very hard for me too to photograph certain food I make. It gives me a very hard time and I am a self-taught, complete amateur photographer. But I keep trying. Your trifle looks gorgeous and the pics too, but in the end what counts the most is the taste and I think this one takes an A+ on this!
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32 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Katerina — I can totally relate to you since I’m also a self-taught amateur food stylist and photographer 🙂

33 Carolyn Chan September 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Your patience, persistence and love of food turned out beautifully!
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34 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Carolyn — thank you, my dear friend 🙂

35 Deb September 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Oh my, your post reached out and grabbed me! Blogging is a combination of so many skills and talents. Choosing the food and recipe is just the beginning! Sometimes the photo and styling mesh quickly, other times just when I am ready to give up it comes together! I always enjoy your photos and am glad you shared your thoughts!

36 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Deb — thanks a lot my friend. So glad I am not alone in this “predicament” of pursuing perfection, to an extent 🙂

37 Ashley - Baker by Nature September 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Pumpkin and coconut sounds like a fantastic flavor combination I need to try ASAP! And your pictures are gorgeous!
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38 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Ashley — thanks love, do let me know how it tastes 🙂

39 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I love looking at the layer of your trifle! Wow so pretty and unique! Pumpkin coconut cream – wow I’d say you are chef level! 😉 You don’t need a title as you already proved through your recipes that you are a great cook! I think it’s even more talented since that’s extra quality you have besides what you do! Love your trifle and one of the best pumpkin recipes I’ve seen this year so far!
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40 Kiran October 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Nami — oh dear, you are way too kind with your words. I want to hug it out with you someday 🙂

41 Lora @cakeduchess September 26, 2012 at 8:55 PM

So beautiful, Kiran. I adore fall and cooking and baking with pumpkin. This is fabulous!

42 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Lora — thanks love 🙂

43 Kankana September 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I think you did a pretty good job with the trifle. I don’t mind it rustic too!
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44 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Kankana — 🙂

45 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc September 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

oh… wow!! These look FABULOUS
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46 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Alison — thanks love 🙂

47 TheJessicat September 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I absolutely love pumpkin.. and coconut!
So both will make a pretty good combo for me 😀 yay
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48 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Jessica — so glad. Do try it and let me know how it tastes 🙂

49 Courtney Jones September 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Oh my goodness! Pumpkin with Biscoff cookies!? GENIUS! 🙂 Love the addition of coconut too. Awesome recipe!
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50 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Courtney — thanks dear 🙂

51 Lisa September 27, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Kiran..this is such a unique way to use pumpkin..and the addition of coconut takes it over the top! I love it – I need to pin it! 🙂
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52 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Lisa — thanks for the pin my dear friend 🙂

53 Cass @foodmyfriend September 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Stunning as usual. Love the autumn tones. They work so well with your beautiful orange pumpkin 🙂
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54 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Cass — thanks my dear friend 🙂

55 sangeeta khanna September 27, 2012 at 8:02 AM

These are all my favorite flavors. And such lovely pictures !!!!
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56 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Sangeeta — thank you so much!!

57 Sanjeeta kk September 27, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Love the rustic look of each picture, Kiran..oh, and I forgot to notice that it has pumpkin in it..Hmm…
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58 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Sanjeeta — thanks my dear 🙂

59 Monet September 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Just beautiful. Not only your photographs (which are stunning) but also your words and reflections. This pumpkin coconut trifle makes me think: I’m so very glad it’s fall. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend.

60 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Monet — thanks for the comforting and happy thoughts, my sweet friend 🙂

61 lisaiscooking September 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Your trifles look fabulous! And, all I can think about lately is pumpkin. I need some pumpkin desserts in my life soon.
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62 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Lisa — I need more pumpkin too!!

63 Simple recipes September 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Simple and delicious recipes
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64 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

SR — thank you so much!!

65 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Cozy and comforting, just right for fall. 🙂
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66 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Sommer — my exact thoughts 🙂

67 Meeta September 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Luscious flavors to this trifle so perfect for Fall. I am not quite ready to welcome it but like you my mind is constantly revolving around food lol!
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68 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Meeta — I guess the term “foodie” is meant for people like us 😉

69 Vijitha September 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Where did you those spoons? So rustic and so very “blogger’s love”.
It’s so true. I breath, think and talk about nothing other than food. Sometimes people do get annoyed with that 🙂 Right now I am cracking my head to come up with few recipes for a new assigment I am doing.

The trifle looks like a piece of art. You have beautifully captured the glass and good job on the piping. Coconut with pumpkin is one killer combination lady! Wish I lived close by. So I can drop by to taste your kitchen creations 🙂
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70 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Vijitha — I got the spoons from antique stores around the country. I wish we all (foodie’s) lived close by to sample everyone’s cooking 😉

71 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen September 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Pumpkin AND coconut in one dessert?!! Two of my favorites! I can’t wait to give this a try! 🙂

72 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Christina — let me know how it tastes 🙂

73 Daisy@Nevertoosweet September 28, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I can relate hehe 🙂 my life is surrounded by food too ~ my partner and I love eating with each other, cooking for each other 🙂 my family and I also do the same hehe ~ i truly believe food brings people together!

OMG I love pumpkin and coconut so I’m sure i’d love this! Butttt I don’t think I can find biscoff cookies here 🙁
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74 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Daisy — you can easily substitute Biscoff for any other cookies 🙂

75 Mary @ Fit and Fed September 28, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I hear ya– I find cake decorating and the like trying. But all your work created a beautiful dessert, and perfect for fall with the pumpkin and all the warm spices. Vegan and dairy-free, too. And all of us at home won’t have to labor over making it photo-ready since we’re mainly after the eating. I didn’t know Biscoff cookies were available in the US now until this post prompted a quick Google.
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76 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Mary — you can purchase Biscoff from anywhere these days (i.e Walmart, Publix, World Market etc).

77 Mary @ Fit and Fed October 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Thanks, I had no idea!
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78 Simply Life September 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

oh wow! this is absolutely gorgeous! Looks like it needs to be served at a fancy restaurant!
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79 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Gina — 🙂

80 Kristi Rimkus September 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM

This is such a lovely fall recipe. You’re pictures and food presentation is truly masterful!
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81 Kiran October 3, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Kristi — thanks dear 🙂

82 Baker Street October 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

woohoo! i’m totally loving all the pumpkin recipe and this one sounds terrific. what a gorgeous looking trifle. almost too pretty to eat.
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83 Sammie October 3, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Hi Kiran! It was fun reading about your experience on photographing this! You’re such a professional! I really love these pictures! So they were definitely worth the effort! haha.. And omigosh, if it weren’t for my blog, all my food would just look like crap. Because sometimes it just takes so much effort to make everything look pretty! But once again, well done!! 😀
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84 Mom Photographer October 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Hi Kiran!
First of all, your pictures are amazing!!!
Second of all, I would love to invite you to share this amazing recipe on my blog. I am hosting “everything coconut oil related” link up and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you to stop by and participate in the exchange!!!
thank you!

85 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I was having this same thought just today! Now that I blog full-time, it really does seem like my life revolves around food and eating. Not that I’m complaining, because I love both food and eating. 🙂 And I have to say, I’m also more of a cook than a baker, but I think your trifles look lovely!
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