Caramel Apple Trifle

Caramel Apple Trifle is layers of cider donuts, caramel sauce, apples, and pudding! A total fall dream dessert topped with whipped cream!

So today is Tuesday.  I kinda think it’s the most boring day of the week. It’s not universally hated, like Monday.  There is no way that the Bangles would have had a hit record with “Just another Tragic Tuesday”.

Tuesday doesn’t have the honor of being called “Hump Day”…which, now that we’re on the subject, is hugely inappropriate.  Who even says that besides radio DJs and awkward grocery store cashiers who are trying to create a dialogue as they scan your Golden Grahams?

Next is Thursday.  Everyone loves Thursday because, well, it’s almost Friday. And then there’s Friday, who even got it’s own restaurant.

Yeah, Tuesday is the sophomore year of the days of the week.  Completely forgettable. So I am going to deem today “Trifle Tuesday”. Sure, they’re retro and grandma-ish, but the possibilities are endless.

So come on now and get your trifle on like it’s 1985…Trifle Tuesday ~ it’s happening.

This Caramel Apple Trifle is easy.  It’s basically layering anything yummy you want all in one dish and calling it a dessert.

Here’s what I used:

*not pictured caramel sauce and Whipped Topping*

I started with Apple Cider Donuts…

I cut them up and lined the bottom of the trifle dish.

I plopped some custard on top of the donuts then topped that with oatmeal cookies that I chopped up.

Drizzle some caramel on top of that.

Then top that with some cake.  I made Duncan Hines Decadent Apple Caramel Cake, but you could use pound cake or yellow cake or white cake or vanilla cake.  Look, just as long as it’s cake, mmmkay?

Spread some apple pie filling on top of that…

and then plop some more custard on and more oatmeal cookies…

There’s no exactness to this.  Relax people…you don’t have to measure.  Embrace it.

Now top it all off with some Whipped Topping and some more caramel.

Caramel Apple Trifle

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Caramel Apple Trifle

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12 1x

Ingredients:

  • 1 baked cake (apple, white, pound)
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1 jar caramel sauce
  • Apple Cider donuts (approx 4-6 depending on size)
  • prepared vanilla pudding or custard
  • coarsely chopped oatmeal cookies
  • whipped topping

Instructions:

  1. In a trifle pan layer all your ingredients starting with the donuts, pudding, cookies, caramel, cake, apple pie filling, pudding, cookies…
  2. continue layering until the trifle dish is full finishing with whipped topping and a drizzle of caramel.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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247 Responses
  1. Love your blog!
    And I love trifles.
    And, for that matter, 1985.
    Oh, the memories.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I even have a trifle bowl that is, sadly, not used nearly enough.
    Thanks!
    Stephanie

  2. oh dear god in heaven . . . you said ‘grandma’ and ‘trifle-ish’ and 1985 in the same post . . . and i’ve been known to enjoy a good trifle every now and again . . . sigh . . . why does 1985 suddenly seem so far away??? why does 1985 beckon like a distant, somewhat hazy memory??? sigh . . .

  3. Jennifer E.

    The trifle looks amazing! I love experimenting with different types of trifle and have been craving a fall flavored idea, can’t wait to try it!

  4. Mmmmm! This sounds like a great fall dessert. By the way, I made your Apple Toffee Bars last night and they were a big hit. This one will be going in the “to try” pile, too. (And, I’d love the canvas print!)

  5. Rebecca

    Your blog makes me so happy. The pictures, the recipes, and the tangents never fail to brighten my stressed days!

    …and the giveaway on top of that would just be awesome 🙂

  6. Sandi

    I recently discovered your blog and love it! I like how easy this recipe is. So perfect for a quick treat on a school night! Thanks!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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