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Caramel Apple Trifle Recipe

Caramel Apple Trifle Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 472 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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sfox402 User ID: 7326591 251843
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"This was really yummy. I'm about to make it for the 2nd time...substituting spice cake for the pound cake this time...just to see if I like the spice cake any better. I plan on making my own caramel sauce (because I can)."

DebHorton User ID: 6356683 235574
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I followed the recipe but made my own apple pie spice and diced the apple instead of sliced as in the photo. It was wonderful! All the ladies at the meeting loved it, took leftovers to their husbands, and they loved it, too. Great recipe!"

RachelMaske User ID: 7766796 67565
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."

wingsgirl02 User ID: 3820770 149141
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Very good and easy to make."

Suddie User ID: 6775478 76313
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!!!"

Craigor1 User ID: 6435255 208746
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Do the apples turn brown"

u got to be kidding me User ID: 5615876 95069
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. ."

donsgirl914 User ID: 2907790 120831
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"Wow, this recipe is fantastic! Made it for my family and not only is it elegant looking but it tastes spectacular! I followed one recommendation to lightly pour some of the caramel topping between each layer, but not too much. I used a pastry bag and decorative tip to swirl the whipped cream on top like the picture and it turned out beautiful! Everyone loved this....there was none left. If I make it again, I would do more of the apple mixture. Since I didn't have a trifle bowl, the large glass bowl I did have, is wider than a trifle so the apple mixture didn't go as far as I would have liked. So keep in mind if you don't have a trifle bowl."

SilkSkotch User ID: 5155987 168999
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"I made this recipe for a family reunion and teacher conference. Everyone has LOVED the recipe! My suggestion is to use a variety of apple from Fugi, Gala, and Macintosh. This provides a good mix of sweet and tart! Plus be sure to let it set for at least 4 hours! YUMM"

ArianeDawn User ID: 4428953 164021
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"I hate to say it, but I really didn't like this recipe! I was so disappointed because of the good reviews and the time and money spent. I made it for a Christmas dinner and no one else really liked it either...sorry!"

WBerg User ID: 6294918 120824
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"don't skip by using the frozen, white tub dairy product. This recipe is -Whip your own heavy cream, worthy! drizzle a little "extra" caramel between layers too! YUM...a keeper of a recipe!"

WBerg User ID: 6294918 95947
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"YUMM! You won't be disappointed if you make this one... I used Sara Lee frozen pound cake, use 6 LARGE grannie smith apples, McCormicks Apple pie spice and since it's sooo good, take the time to whip your own heavy cream. Use a little extra of the carmel sauce and spice mix too!"

TAMMY JAMES User ID: 5786388 102779
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I made this last fall for my family and they all loved it. I am making it again this year not only for my family but for the ladies at church when I host a Tupperware party. It's so light and easy to make. It is a favorite."

icela2525 User ID: 3924475 149140
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"While this is a good recipe, I felt like it missed something. I added more spice because it didn't taste like it had enough for me. All in all it was good, but not something I would make again."

EButler User ID: 1740919 94928
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"I have made this recipe for potlucks and everyone raves about it."

dachshundsonly User ID: 4986600 149139
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"The flavors were good but I felt there was too much cake. I would reduce it by at least one third."

Kara D User ID: 5282341 164042
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2010

"This recipe is fantastic. I made it for all my co workers (my husband doesnt eat sweets) and they loved it! its is really easy to make and feeds a crowd. Its also very light and a good fall recipe"

melissarecipes User ID: 4726367 102776
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"I am not usually a fan of cooked apples but wanted to try this for my family. We ALL enjoyed it. It made a very large bowl so I saved the leftovers in the freezer. It was great the second time around too."

scorpion9 User ID: 1944393 168997
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"it's soooo good"

Connie4961 User ID: 4541252 76312
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"I made this recipe for my sons wedding rehusal dinner and it went over awsome . I was so happy . and have had alot of people ask me for the recipe"

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