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

Caramel Apple Trifle

Caramel Apple Trifle

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


  • 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


  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.


247 Responses

  1. Courtney Martin

    Trifle looks so yummy! I love canvas prints, such an awesome way to display photos and different than your usual frame!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  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. 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!

  6. 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 . . .

  7. 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.

  8. Evie McGrew

    I love, love, love your blog. Your writting always brings a smile to my face and your receipts leave me running to my kitchen cabinets searching for all the ingredients. Keep it comig, my family is really loving me since I found your site. =)

  9. Kate

    That looks wonderful!! It reminds me of childhood celebrations with chocolate trifle. I can’t wait to try it next week on Tuesday!

  10. This is so beautiful I almost couldn’t bring myself to eat it. And then I laughed at that thought.

    I think I would create a trifle of Halloween candy…just so I could eat them all at once and call it a layered dessert. 😉

  11. My last canvas pic was about 8 years ago. My have my grandchildren grown. Time for a new canvas print, I’d say. Love your pages and your recipes. Made Reese’s Bars and mailed them to my grandsons today.

  12. You guys are too cute!!! And all the ingredients in this trifle are like my favorite things. And HOW did I not know that Jello made a custard?!?! Seriously.

    Also, on the Tuesdays that we DON’T make trifles, can we call it Trifling Tuesday? I’m just a huge fan of the word trifling.

  13. Look. I’m not commenting because of the giveaway, tho it is rad.
    This, m’dear, is NOT cool. Because it is so freaking awesome and easy and I didn’t think of it first, I have to make it this weekend. Way to RUIN my plans for a sugar-free weekend! GRRR! Cider donuts?! Brilliant. Evil. Done. I promise to ping you when I post it. Brat.

  14. jennyc

    My trifle bowl is still in its original box unopened… for 3 years! I’m in need of some trifle recipes. Oh and I really want a canvas print after seeing one at a friend’s house.

  15. Monica

    All I need to make this awesome trifle and share with my co-workers is a can of apple pie filling. I’ll be stopping at the store after work today!

    *I’d love to win the canvas print!!!

  16. Celestine

    I’m visiting my fiance who lives in Canada this weekend for his Canadian Thanksgiving and I’m thinking that your trifle would be a delicious quick dessert to whip up. I’m also thinking that our future wedding pic would look great on one of those canvases.

  17. You used donuts in your trifle??? I think I love you:-) What an absolutely delicious take on a trifle…love your easy breezy way of putting it together too!! And a chance to win a free canvas? This day just got even better…I have my fingers crossed to win:-)

  18. Lindsay

    I love that picture! My boyfriend graduated from The Citadel (also a military school) and he wore uniforms VERY similar to that one! He just swore into the army yesterday morning and i’m so proud of him and i’d love to have a canvas print of us!

  19. love a good trifle 🙂 especially with caramel!

    we’ve been wanting to finally get some prints up in the kitchen, so having a canvas print would be perfect!

  20. Jen

    Tuesday Trifle – what a great idea – and the caramel apple looks so yummy! I’d love to win a canvas. And may have to order one even if I don’t win. I’ve got some walls that could use some love.

  21. My husband and I recently traveled to Boston to visit friends and I have lots of good pictures from that trip and I would love to have a nice print to hang in the house. Great giveaway!

  22. Kathy A

    Oh, I love the recipe! Mmmm, so Fall-ish! I love the Canvas print also. My friend has a wonderful group of them in her entry way.

  23. Jodie Smith

    Just “liked” canvas prints! I love your blog and have made so many of your recipes and they have all been great! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  24. Lisa L.

    Definitely making this trifle!! I am loving all of the apple recipes that I am finding lately and will be making good use of my apple-picking haul I get this weekend!! Thank you for such a neat giveaway! 🙂

  25. Alice

    Holy Moly Woman your imagination for putting different and interesting dishes together is astounding! PLUS your story telling, to be perfectly honest, may be the funniest food blogging stories I’ve seen! Keep up the good work of keeping your followers laughing and eating good food.

    God Bless!

  26. Ooooh – I just came home with some apples and began wondering what would be the first thing I try and then found this – So….we have a winner…..Now, I have to find those apple cider doughnuts – Yummo!!!!!

    Thanks so very much for the chance to win this fabulous prize. I’ve been dying to give my mother one of these for her birthday for so long, just keep forgetting to order it. Fingers crossed here – 😀


  27. Nita

    This says Fall all over it! I love trifles because you literally just throw anything and everything together. I look forward to Tuesdays and your email. I will be putting this together for the weekend. I would enjoy a canvas print of my family! Thanks for making me smile! Nita

  28. sheri

    Strange that I didn’t get my email regarding Tuesday until Wednesday which confused me as to what day of the week we are on now……but can relate to the feeling of Tuesday as a forgetable day!

    Then there was that trifle….. to die for…..looks so good could just grab it off the screen and eat it! Thanks you made me hungry.

  29. Holly

    Love your recipes! And your posts. 🙂 Would love a free Easy Canvas Print! But I can’t take issue with Tuesdays, since my 6-month-old son and I were both born on Tuesdays! 🙂

  30. I have a soft spot for trifle. It makes me think of the 18 months I lived in the UK…*sigh*. Thanks for the yummy recipe! I didn’t know Jello makes custard flavored pudding, now I gotta go get some!

  31. Tammy

    This recipe sounds really good!! Love all your recipes!! Love your blog!! And love the canvas print!! I’m just full of love today!! 🙂

  32. Traci

    This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to serve this at my fall book club gathering! And the canvas print would be an awesome gift for my MIL that can’t get enough of her grandbabies!!

  33. Trifle Tuesday – I love it! You’re right Tuesdays don’t get enough attention, I actually like Tuesdays. I’ve already started the week so none of the post weekend blues but I still feel like I have the whole week ahead of me to get things done. Which usually doesn’t happen but at least I feel hopeful on Tuesdays that this time it might!

  34. I’m not entering the giveaway just needed to say how decadent that trifle looks and I think you just hit on a new theme for blog posts….Trifle Tuesdays! That poor day of the week never looked so wonderful!

  35. aly

    I love the print! I would totally order a print from my wedding (I should get around to hanging one of those pictures sooner or later….and by later I mean 2+ years later, heh)

    Also, your blog makes me drool on the regular.

  36. Oh My Goodness!!

    First of all – I hate Tuesdays too. So I love the idea of jazzing it up some as Trifle Tuesday!
    Second – Holy Smokes does this look yummy!! I’ve been making trifles lately for potlucks and family get togethers (because they’re so easy and so yummy). I can’t wait to try this one out.
    Third – Thanks for the recommendation of Easy Canvas Prints. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for my mother for the holidays just wasn’t sure which to use (I totally went and “Liked” their FB page btw).

    Thanks bunches!

  37. Tonya Brown

    And I thought Tuesdays were for Tacos! But I like your ideal alot better, dessert for EVERYONE!
    i would so much love to get a large canvas of my two children, one of which is away at college and we only get to see him 5 days out of the yr, as he goes away also in the summer to intern in different staes each yr. So a print of him with his sister would hang nicely over our fireplace.

  38. Lynn

    My son just got married and I had been eyeing the photos on canvas……be a perfect time to try it if I won…just found your site and love everything about it so far!

  39. Amanda Nehls

    Yum! This trifle sounds so delicious! I am totally trying this for our Halloween party later this month. And those canvas prints sound awesome, thanks for the opportunity to win!

  40. Diana Fiorenza

    YUMMMM!!! Makes me want to dive in face first!! ( With a spoon of course, because that would just be un-ladylike. Hahaha! )

  41. Karen M

    Trifles make me think of that one episode of Friends where Rachel tries to make a trifle and the recipe pages get stuck together and she ends up adding meat to it. Hehe

  42. I love your blog and read it religiously. But I HAD to respond when I saw that picture that hit close to home for me. I worked at VMI back in 2008-2010 and have many fond memories of my Rats and Keydets. Just seeing that picture of your family in front of barracks makes me miss Lexington so much!! He’s lucky to come home to such wonderful treats, please stop by Salernos for me when you’re next in Lexington so I can live vicariously through you!

    1. shelly

      Did you really?? He’s in his second year there and LOVES it. LOVES. I was worried at first about him going there, but it’s really the best place for him. We are going to be going down next weekend for Parents Weekend, so I’ll be sure to stop by Salernos for you 🙂

  43. Renee

    I just found your awesome site via the “Chubby Hubby” bars. I’m 9 months pregnant and 2 days overdue and food is all that is on my mind right now! Thank you for filling my foodie baker imagination through all of these great posts, recipes and photos! -Your newest fan

  44. Linda Earnest

    Neat!!! I saw the easy canvas prints at my daughter’s house recently. The trifle looks delicious but deadly in the calorie category.

  45. Nicole G

    I love prints on canvas, although sadly, I don’t own one yet! Love your picture and that trifle looks amazing!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  46. Beth

    I just stumbled across your blog yesterday and I have to say…you are so funny and I look forward to logging on to your blog every day and trying your recipes!! Oh yea, I think the apple triffle looks amazingly good!

  47. Frances

    I love the the way it looks…and I have the perfect trifle bowl to try it in!! Can’t wait to try this recipe & many of the others…NUMMY!!! 😉

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