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Colossal Caramel Apple Trifle

Rated as 4.39 out of 5 Stars

"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

40 m servings
Original recipe yields 42 servings

Directions

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Top with remaining cake and repeat layers. Drizzle with remaining caramel topping and sprinkle with remaining pecans. Refrigerate until serving.

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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 ...

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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 tastel...

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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 ...

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 f...

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 tastel...

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 parti...

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.

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 i...

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.

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 ...

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 ...