Recipe by TheDancingCook
This is a perfect fall holiday dessert that looks wonderful in the trifle bowl. Don't let the ingredients/steps scare you! All ingredients are canned, boxed, cartoned; you just need to buy it and combine it! One hour to prepare and the results are gratifying! This is so easy; I made this for my in-laws Thanksgiving dinner when I was dating my husband; during that time period I had no kitchen skills whatsoever. Very easy! Prep time does not include cooling/chilling times. This recipe is from Taste of Home Magazine, the October/November 1999 edition.
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box spice cake mix
- 1 1⁄4 cups cinnamon applesauce
- 3 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
- 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
- 7 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 3 cups milk, cold
- 1 (6 ounce) box vanilla pudding mix
- 1 1⁄4 ounces whipped dessert topping mix
- 1 (12 ounce) carton whipped topping, thawed
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup toffee pieces, almond brickle chips or 2 Heath candy bars, chopped
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, applesauce, eggs and oil; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
- Pour into a greased 13x9 baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- While that is baking, in a saucpan combine apple pie filling, butter and 1 tsp of cinnamon until butter is melted and stir until well blended.
- In a mixing bowl, combine milk, pudding mix, whipped topping mix and remaining cinnamon.
- Beat on high until thick; about 5 minutes then let it stand for 5 more minutes.
- Spread 1/3 of the apple mix (step#5) in a trifle bowl.
- Now, cut the cake into cubes and place half over the apple mixture in trifle.
- Top that with half of the whipped topping/pudding and sprinkle 1/4 cup walnuts.
- Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining topping mixture and sprinkle with bits, chips or chopped candy bar and 1/4 cup walnuts.
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.