I made this trifle for Christmas Eve. The only problem I had with the recipe, although a significant one, was the mascarpone. The mascarpone curdled with the expensive vanilla bean seeds in it! It curdled as it was being beaten by the mixer. Not wanting to pay another ten dollars for the vanilla beans and face the pre-Christmas Eve crowd, I went on-line and was able to fix it by heating the mascarpone mixture on a double-boiler. Apparently, mascarpone curdles easily. So big note...only beat the mascarpone until it turns creamy. Don't do it for the two minutes as indicated in the recipe. Though the completed trifle hasn't been eaten yet, I did enjoy tasting the whipped topping and pumpkin filling.