Luscious Apple Trifle Recipe
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Luscious Apple Trifle Recipe

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“I created this dessert using ingredients I had on hand,” remarks Danette Bass of Hillrose, Colorado. “I brought it to a carry-in dinner at our church, and it was the first dessert to go.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 loaf-shaped angel food cake (10-1/2 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) butterscotch ice cream topping
  • 3 medium red apples, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; beat in pudding. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping.
  2. In a 3-qt. glass bowl, layer a third of the cake cubes, 1/3 cup butterscotch topping, a third of the apples, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a third of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with remaining whipped topping. Chill until serving. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Luscious Apple Trifle in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p13

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Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

Wonder how it would taste with mustard topping? Just kidding, it is a great recipe!

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

I have made this dessert several times and it's always a hit. I normally use caramel topping instead of the butterscotch out of personal preference.

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

A wonderful recipe, fresh and easy to make. People will ask for the recipe so bring a copy

Reviewed May. 27, 2009
I used 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, sugar-free pudding mix, and Cool Whip Lite. It was great for a luncheon that I hosted, but it's a little too sweet. I'll definitely use less butterscotch topping next time. Still, a keeper!
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