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

  • 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.


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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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I was thinking of taking this to a potluck after church. Can this sit overnight or do you think it would be best freshly assembled?


Just found your blog. Love the recipes! This one is definitely on the list to make for our annual Halloween Party. Thanks!


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!!! 😉


Just made it . . . needed two boxes of pudding . . . so very rich and delicious. Thank you!


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!

mary fanara coleman
mary fanara coleman

This would be a great 25th anniversary gift for my husband this month.

sherie zucker

the trifle looks divine an sooooo easy. can’t wait to try it and look at all your other recipes.
thanks for your love of baking and sharing it with other bloggers.

Shane R.

I like Easy Canvas Prints on facebook

Shane R.

This dessert looks so delicious! I might have to try this trifle sometime

Staci A

I liked them on Facebook. Thanks!

Staci A

The trifle looks amazing!


How did I miss this? Trifle Tuesday~sounds good to me! “Grandma-ish”~perfect! 🙂 Beautiful family!

Alexandra H
Alexandra H

Like Easy Canvs on FB.

Alexandra H
Alexandra H

Looks yummy!


that trifle looks insane!


This looks so good! 🙂 Thank you!!




you might’ve made a bread pudding with those donuts, but i’m glad you didn’t–this is far superior! great pick of a picture to blow up, too!

Robyn | Add a Pinch

This looks like a delicious dessert, Shelly. Canvas prints are just gorgeous. I really need to get some made soon!


Thanks for the giveaway, great picture, he looks good in his military uniform. Thanks for serving!


Great giveaway! And the trifle looks delicious!

Nicole G
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!


I would love to have a canvas print! Thanks so much!

Elizabeth L in Apex, NC
Elizabeth L in Apex, NC

I’d love a canvas print – thanks for the giveaway!

Linda Earnest
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.

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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