Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 517.37 g box spice cake mix
  • 295.73 ml cinnamon applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 78.07 ml vegetable oil
  • 595.33 g can apple pie filling
  • 14.79 ml butter or 14.79 ml margarine
  • 34.50 ml ground cinnamon, divided
  • 709.77 ml milk, cold
  • 170.09 g box vanilla pudding mix
  • 35.43 g whipped dessert topping mix
  • 340.19 g carton whipped topping, thawed
  • 118.29 ml walnuts, chopped
  • 59.14 ml toffee pieces, almond brickle chips or 2 Heath candy bars, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, applesauce, eggs and oil; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour into a greased 13x9 baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool.
  5. 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.
  6. Cool.
  7. In a mixing bowl, combine milk, pudding mix, whipped topping mix and remaining cinnamon.
  8. Beat on high until thick; about 5 minutes then let it stand for 5 more minutes.
  9. Spread 1/3 of the apple mix (step#5) in a trifle bowl.
  10. Now, cut the cake into cubes and place half over the apple mixture in trifle.
  11. Top that with half of the whipped topping/pudding and sprinkle 1/4 cup walnuts.
  12. Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining topping mixture and sprinkle with bits, chips or chopped candy bar and 1/4 cup walnuts.
  13. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Most Helpful

The Dancing Cook, this trifle was excellent and wonderful for Thanksgiving. Nobody in my house was in the mood for pumpkin pie, so I made this. I used reduced-fat cream cheese and Werther's Original's candies crushed for the Heath toffee chips-it was yummy. Thank you for a great recipe.

Blue Peacock November 24, 2006

I made this for a change from the usual summer desserts and it was soooo good. Everyone really loved it and wanted the recipe. I made my own spice cake recipe and smashed some Wherther's toffee candies in place of the original ingredients and it was absolutetly delicious. I'll surly be making this again & again.

LAUREL C. August 29, 2006