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10.17.2012

Pumpkin Latte Trifle ~Green Mountain Coffee Giveaway!~



So here we are day 4 of Pumpkin Week. These recipes my friends have shared here this week are must makes! Today I am pretty excited I get to share one of the first blogs I started to read. I'm fairly new to the blog scene. I wasn't a huge blog reader until right around the time I started my own. I stumbled upon Julia's blog Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body last summer when I was feeling fat. I was 8-9 mo's pregnant. My pre baby body at the time was exactly what the title of her blog was. I was indeed a fat girl trapped in a skinny body! I eat like a trucker but stay pretty thin.  But then I made this Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting for my mom's birthday the day before I went into labor... yep.... for all I know, it was that cake that sent me into labor at 10 days over due! Pregnant ladies... maybe you should make it as well? 
Julia lives in California so instead of the  hot out of the oven baked goods she is sharing something a tad cooler to celebrate the pumpkin love. You all know how much I love my Pumpkin Lattes so this Pumpkin Latte Trifle is getting made SOON!
After the recipe be sure to check out today's Green Mountain  Coffee Giveaway!




Each fall I pretend like pumpkin isn't going to become my obsession. Each fall I fail. Miserably. If I'm absolutely truthful with myself, and you, I gotta be real and confess I just love pumpkin desserts. So I'm stoked that Carrie is doing an entire week dedicated to pumpkin. More pumpkin recipes and ideas is never, ever, a bad thing!

I love that pumpkin + spices = sweat heavenly goodness that can be combined with just about anything. Like coffee. I totally hated pumpkin spice lattes the first time I had one, I even gave it back and asked for something else. But now, yep, I love them (just like every other girl my age, it's in our DNA).

I also have a special place in my heart for trifles. The combination of cake, rich pudding, and fluffy whip cream is just spectacular. And the fact that you can make the trifle a few days ahead of time makes it a go-to dessert for me (I'm all about saving time where I can). Some people might worry the trifle will get soggy if they make it in advance, that's a legitimate worry, but let me put your fears to rest. Truth is, I think trifles are at their best on the second day. Nothing is soggy, it's just all perfectly combined to make for the perfect bite.

This trifle might just make an appearance on our Thanksgiving table this year. I can make it on Tuesday and then the rest of the week my oven will be available for other things like turkey, sweet potatoes and apple pie. Why yes, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, it's my favorite food holiday, after all. But you don't have to wait until then to make it, you should do a few test runs before, you know, for quality control.



Pumpkin Latte Trifle

Latte Pound Cake
Makes 1 loaf
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup super SUPEER strong coffee
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar at high speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Sift together dry ingredients.
Mix coffee and vanilla. Add wet and dry ingredients to butter mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack and cool completely before slicing and serving. You can slice it and eat it hot, but don't assemble the trifle while it's hot.

Pumpkin Pudding

2 2/3 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 cup pumpkin puree

Bring 2 cups of the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. While it is heating, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and spices in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk the remaining 2/3 cup whole milk into the sugar/spice mix. Once milk is boiling, slowly add it to the cornstarch mixture in the bowl, whisking the whole time.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan over low heat, add the pumpkin puree, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Once it comes to a simmer, cook it for one minute or two longer and stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer to a large bowl and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour before assembling the trifle. It will firm up a bit, but it won't be 'firm' like other pudding. It is on the runnier side, which is perfect for the trifle.

Spiced Whipped Cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, using a hand mixer, until firm peaks form. Don't over whip or you'll get butter.

Assembling the trifle
You can make 6-8 individual sized trifles in coffee cups or bowls, or you can make 1 large trifle in a trifle dish or a 9x13 inch pan.

Cut the pound cake into 1 inch cubes.
Layer the trifle in the following order:
pound cake cubes
pudding
whip cream

And repeat the layering until your coffee cups or large dish are filled.

I was able to do 3 layers in 6 coffee cups, and 2 complete layers in a 9x13 inch pan. Just to give you a point of reference.


Check out Julia's blog Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body, also follow her on Twitter!




Green Mountain Coffee Giveaway
The folks at Green Mountain Coffee know how much I LOOOOOVE all things pumpkin coffee. If you look in my fridge you find a pound of Pumpkin Spice Coffee right now. I practically live off this stuff from Sept-November!
One of you lucky readers can win a bag of their Pumpkin Spice Coffee. 




How to enter:
Tell me how you like your coffee... are you a cream and sugar person, just sugar, or black? 

Additional entries:
1) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook click HERE.
2) Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Facebook click HERE.
3) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter click HERE.
4) Follow Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body on Twitter click HERE.
5) Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Twitter click HERE.
6) Tweet the following " I just entered to win @GreenMtnCoffee from @BakeaholicMama #Giveaway " 
Up to 7 Entries per person, open to US residents only.

(Disclaimer, I have received no monetary compensation for write this post. Green Mountain Coffee is supplying one reader with coffee and a travel mug. All opinions are my own. )

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64 comments:

  1. I don't really like coffee as much as I like coffee-flavored sugary watery milk :P I take my coffee mild with a TON of creamer. I'm obsessed with the pumpkin spice when it comes out. Unfortunately my husband decided to jump on the bandwagon too and I am out of pumpkin spice creamer. Gotta go out today and get more :/

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  2. Already like Green Mountain on FB - they are my favorite for Kcups :)

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  3. I follow Bakeaholic via Twitter (@FantasticalSR)

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  4. I follow Julia via Twitter: (@FantasticalSR)

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  5. I follow Green Mountain on Twitter: (@FantasticalSR)

    P.S. The link is missing an f in coffee, so it brings you to a page saying that the person is not found.

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    1. Fixing it now!! Thanks for catching that!

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  6. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/FantasticalSR/status/258531968382271489

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  7. I like my coffee with cream and sugar, and prefer iced over hot most of the time.

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  8. I already like Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook.
    I Liked Green Mountain on Facebook

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  9. I used to prefer just black, but started adding a little creamer to save my teeth! I don't want a brown smile : )

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  10. I love Julia's blog so much too!!! She always has amazing recipes...just like this awesome looking trifle!! Coffee and pumpkin...I am all over that!!! I like to have my coffee with lots of creamer!!!

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  11. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on facebook!

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  12. I'm a cream and (fake) sugar person most of the time (:

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  13. I'm currently drinking my coffee with almond milk and maple syrup.

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  14. Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Facebook

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  15. Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Twitter

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  16. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/258572729630986241

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  17. I actually only like coffee if it's super fancy (I'm not a hardcore black drinker yet, haha). So I like mine with lots of flavored syrups and sugar :)

    BTW, this trifle looks incredible, Carrie!

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  18. I like my coffee with whole milk.

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    1. Woops! I meant fat girl in skinny body, but accidentally condensed it in my head to skinny girl.

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  20. Wow! I feel like I gain weight from reading food blogs. But I am addicted. Following on Twitter and FB. I do have to say, I have changed my way of drinking coffee. It used to be with cream and sugar, then sugary lattes, then flavored creamers. Now, just plain black for it's benefits! http://www.livestrong.com/article/77167-health-benefits-black-coffee/

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  21. I drink my coffee black as night. (e.smith09@rocketmail.com)

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  22. Carrie & Julia & Pumpkin & Coffee in one post? So much win.

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  23. Great giveaway! I like Bakeaholic Mama on FB

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  24. I'm just a little bit of skim milk and 1 tsp of agave or truvia person. Would love this coffee!

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  25. 2) Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Facebook tara1965

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  26. Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter kj20082006

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  27. Follow Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body on Twitter
    kj20082006

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  28. Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Twitter
    kj20082006

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  29. I love my coffee with non fat half and half Nettie

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  30. I am following you on Facebook. Nettie

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  31. I am following you on Twitter. Nettie

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  32. I Follow Green Mountain Coffee on Facebook

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  33. Some days I like my coffee with a little almond milk and stevia, some days I drink it black. But lately I've been addicted to pumpkin spice creamer!

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  34. I already like you on facebook!

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  35. I follow you on twitter, too!
    @j_mosh

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  36. I follow Green Mountain on twitter
    @j_mosh

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  37. I like Green Mountain on facebook, too

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  38. I follow Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body on twitter
    @j_mosh

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  39. I love my coffee with milk and cream. Sooo good! I love fall and pumpkin too!

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  40. I also follow Julia on the twitter...@elliedelancey

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  41. I drink my coffee black, but have been known to make an exception for a fun creamer!

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  42. I am definitely a cream and sugar person!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  43. Black with a flavor so this pumpkin one would be wonderful!

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  44. Following Fat Girl Trapped in Skinny body on Twitter!

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  45. Following Green MOuntain on Twitter now (I LOVE LOVE LOVE my coffee!)

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  46. I love my coffee strong with cream and no sugar in the morning. To pair my after treats, I love sugar and cream in it. I think I can drink coffee all day long! :)

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