Cooking time: 40 minutes plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 25 servings
â€¢2 packages (14-1/2 ounces each) gingerbread cake mix
â€¢1 package (4.6 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
â€¢3 cups 2% milk
â€¢1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
â€¢1/2 cup packed brown sugar
â€¢1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
â€¢Prepare and bake gingerbread according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
â€¢ Meanwhile, for pudding, in a large saucepan, combine pudding mix and milk; stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Combine pumpkin and brown sugar; stir into pudding.
â€¢ In a 4-qt. glass serving bowl, crumble one gingerbread cake; gently press down. Top with half of pudding mixture and whipped topping. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 25 servings (1 cup each).