Colossal Caramel Apple Dessert

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is delicious!! I made this for a large party and everyone commented on how good it tasted and looked!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 6 cups cold milk
  • 3 (3 1/2 ounce) packages vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 12 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 (17 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 12 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 (21 ounce) cans apple pie filling
  • 2 (16 ounce) cartons frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9 inch round baking pans.
  2. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk milk, pudding mixes, apple pie spice and brown sugar for two minutes.
  4. Let stand until soft set.
  5. Cut one cake layer, if needed, to fit evenly into an 8 quart punch bowl.
  6. Poke holes in cake with a long wooden skewer.
  7. Gradually pour a third of the caramel topping over cake.
  8. Spread with a spatula.
  9. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans.
  10. Spread with half of the pudding mixture.
  11. Spread one can of pie filling over pudding mixture.
  12. Spread one carton of whipped topping on top of pie filling.
  13. Top with remaining cake and repeat the layers.
  14. Drizzle the remaining caramel topping on top and sprinkle with remaining pecans.
  15. Refrigerate until serving.


Most Helpful

I have to agree with debloves2cook. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't one of those recipes that wowed us. We tossed around some ideas to make it better. Using pineapple instead of apples or something. The only changes I made in the recipe were to combine the cool whip with the pudding mixes. I also halved the recipe and it made a FULL trifle bowl. I used low fat cool whip and sugar free pudding. Thanks anyway.

chemonurse93 March 08, 2009

This dessert looks great with all the layers. Unfortunately the taste did not fly with my group. I made it exactly as posted (in half) and it was not raved about or even commented on. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't fantastic for us as I had hoped.

Debloves2cook February 06, 2006

To die for! I was actually going to post this recipe myself and saw that it was already here.....but I do have a pic and will post it to the recipe. I cut the recipe in half to fill a standard trifle bowl.

TheDancingCook October 22, 2004

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a