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Caramel Apple Trifle Recipe
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Caramel Apple Trifle Recipe

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Trifles are terrific desserts because they're made in advance and feed a crowd. This caramel-apple version appeals to kids of all ages. —Joanne Wright, Niles, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 5 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 loaves (10-3/4 ounces each) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Additional apple pie spice, optional


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the apples, walnuts, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice. Cook and stir for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1/2 cup caramel topping and remaining apple pie spice. Fold in 2 cups whipped topping.
  3. In a 3-1/2-qt. trifle bowl or glass serving bowl, layer a third of the cake cubes, cream cheese mixture and apple mixture. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and drizzle with remaining caramel topping. Sprinkle with additional apple pie spice if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Trifle in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p135

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"The flavor of this recipe is so good! I've made it twice and had great reviews both times. A good way to save $$ is to make up your own apple pie spice, there are plenty of recipes online. This is really easy to make also and I love a dessert you can make up ahead of time. The only thing I changed is that I make one and a half times the filling because it seems just a bit too little."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Very good and easy to make."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"The recipe was delicious, everyone LOVED IT!! However, I had to double everything to fill my trifle bowl. I would make again for Thanksgiving!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Do the apples turn brown"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"Frist time I made this, It was okay. The second time I made it I doubled up on the apples, caramel. I actually used smuckers caramel topping for ice cream. I also used two cream cheeses and switched the walnuts for pecans. I like real whipped cream so I whipped up my own and decorated it like the picture using a pastry bag. I added more pecans and drizzled the caramel over it. It was delish! It went so fast. The first time I made it , althrough I thought it was good, Their didn't seem to be enough mixture to layer with. So try this recipe but double it up. I'm sure your family will love it. ."

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