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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!

Side view of caramel apple trifle in a clear trifle bowl

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

Caramel Apple Trifle

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  • 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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244 comments on “Caramel Apple Trifle”

  1. 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!

  2. Robyn | Add a Pinch

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

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

  4. 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!

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