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Apple Spice Cake Trifle

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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, applesauce, eggs and oil; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small saucepan, cook pie filling, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon until butter is melted; stir until well blended. Cool.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 288 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 303mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • angela32
    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.

  • tracyprokop
    May 18, 2011

    No comment left

  • cdella
    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.