As a pastor's wife and state auxiliary leader, I host many large gatherings. Whenever I make this 'punch bowl cake', it makes a big impression, I return with an empty bowl every time!' -Deborah Randall Abbeville, Louisiana

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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. In a large bowl, whisk milk, pudding mixes and apple pie spice for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

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  • Cut one cake layer if necessary to fit evenly in an 8-qt. punch bowl. Poke holes in cake with a long wooden skewer; gradually pour a third of the caramel topping over cake. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans and spread with half of the pudding mixture. Spoon one can of pie filling over pudding; spread with one carton of whipped topping.

  • Top with remaining cake and repeat layers. Drizzle with remaining caramel topping and sprinkle with remaining pecans. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

242 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 35.8g; fat 10.7g; cholesterol 3.1mg; sodium 238.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (47)

Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2006
I made this for an office party and everyone loved the way it looked & tasted. This is really easy to put together, I did the cake, pudding & nuts at home and brought the other ingredients and assembled at work. I don't like the textue of instant pudding so I used cooked pudding that was cooled and thinned with a little extra milk. An 8 qt bowl is a must! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2007
I chose this for my twin sons' birthday party because I wanted to use ingredients that I had on hand. All we can say is, WOW! I scaled down the recipe somewhat (it does make 42 servings in its full version!) and I had on hand a cinnamon swirl cake, so I used that. The cinnamon swirl cake is definitely the cake to use! Its rich flavor enhanced the apples even further than the spices in the recipe do. We absolutely loved it, and now it will become a "must-have" dessert. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/27/2006
I didn't care for this recipe at all. I have made a lot of trifles and this was not at all what I expected. The pudding mixture was too wet and made the cake soggy, the filling was pretty tasteless. I won't try this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2007
I don't know in what kind of world one lives in that they can fit this recipe in a trifle bowl, but the massive amount of trifle that this makes doesn't impede the awesome flavor. I don't particularly care for apples, so I am trying to think of a way to adapt it to peach pie filling. However, as far as apples go this gets a huge 5 stars. The pudding mixture was great and I toasted my pecans before putting them in. Thanks for the great, big, awesome recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2009
This recipe was too big for my Pampered Chef bowl. Next time, I will probably use only one frozen whipped topping and cut the cake thinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2007
This recipe does make a colossal amount of food! It was more than I needed, but everyone loved it and I plan on making it again for another get together with friends. I will definitely scale it back a bit. I also only used 5 cups of milk as recommended and the pudding was the perfect consistency. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2008
I made this for a church function and it got rave reviews. I also used only 5 cups of milk so the pudding was a bit thicker. Does make a lot of dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2007
Excellent!! I made this for a dessert meeting expecting to bring some home. Well, all I brought home was an empty bowl. My problem was it requires a much larger bowl than I have. The second time I made it I cut the recipe in half to fit a trifle bowl. Everyone raved. Definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2007
This could feed an army! Perfect for a big potluck. I used only 5 cups of milk to make the pudding a bit thicker so it wouldn't make the cake too soggy, and used only 1 big tub of Cool Whip. Do not omit the apple pie spice. It kicks up the pudding flavor! Read More
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