Apple Spice Cake Trifle Recipe

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We like this cake because it's economical, looks elegant and tastes delicious. Our friends enjoy it.—Norma Lee Ingle, Swan, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:20-24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20-24 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups cinnamon applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 envelope whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 288 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 303mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, applesauce, eggs and oil; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small saucepan, cook pie filling, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon until butter is melted; stir until well blended. Cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the milk, pudding mix, topping mix and remaining cinnamon. Beat on high until thickened, about 5 minutes; set aside. Spread a third of the whipped topping in a 6-qt. trifle bowl.
  5. Cut cake into cubes; place half over topping. Top with half of the fruit mixture, walnuts and pudding mixture. Repeat layers. Spread with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with toffee bits. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Yield: 20-24 servings.
Originally published as Apple Spice Cake Trifle in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p54

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angela32 User ID: 3084463 50573
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I, too, questioned the cinnamon but after adding just a tsp at a time, I ended up adding it all. It's a large box of pudding, along with all the other flavors, so it holds up well. It's good."

cdella User ID: 36857 50570
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"I have not tried this recipe yet but question the amount of cinnamon - 7 teaspoons? Has anyone tried it. It sounds great except for the spice amount."

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