Caramel Apple Cake Trifle and Giveaway!

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Caramel Apple Cake Trifle

I don’t know about you, but I am swimming in leftovers.  The thing is, I can’t decide if it is a good or bad thing.  I have plenty of food to get us through the next few days.  But really, how much turkey can one person eat?  If only I could get sick of cookies the way I could get sick of turkey.  It just doesn’t seem to happen.

But even with half of a chocolate pecan pie left, a bowl of caramel sauce, dozens of cookies in my freezer, and a tight pants, I always am ready to bake something new.  After many Thanksgiving-related hours spent in the kitchen cooking, baking and cleaning, though, I welcome something easy.  Something where I don’t have to pull out my mixer, wait for butter to soften or open up a few cookbooks.  Something that only requires a few more minutes of active time on my feet.

Caramel Apple Cake Trifle

That is where this layered beauty comes into play.  While I don’t always advocate box mixes and canned fruit, there really is a time and a place.  And when you come up with something that incorporates those shortcuts, is creative, and looks impressive, no one has to know that a box mix was involved.  Usually your friends will be too busy asking for seconds to even think about it.

For this trifle, I used one of Dunkan Hines new decadent cake mixes.  I chose the Apple Caramel flavor because, how could a cake that is gooey and moist be bad?  It can’t.  Even by itself the cake tastes pretty good, but layered with Comstock apple pie filling, cinnamon flavored cool whip, cheesecake pudding and gingersnap crumbs it is even better.

And better news for you, I have some cake mixes to give away!  Two readers will win coupons for four free Dunkan Hines products (details below).


Caramel Apple Cake Trifle
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1/2 of a prepared Dunkan Hines Apple Caramel Cake
1 15.75-ounce can Comstock apple pie filling
1 8-ounce container of cinnamon flavored cool whip (if you can’t find that, fold cinnamon into regular cool whip to taste)
1 prepared 1-ounce container cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup gingersnap crumbs (about 8 cookies)

Directions:
Cut cake in to 1-inch cubes
Layer ingredients in a large trifle dish or bowl as follows: cake, pie filling, cool whip, cookie crumbs, pudding
Repeat layers again and top with extra cookie crumbs
Best served immediately; cover with saran wrap and store trifle in refrigerator up to 4 days

Caramel Apple Cake Trifle

Giveaway Details:

The giveaway is open through Wednesday, November 30 at midnight est.  The giveaway is open to anyone and there are three ways to enter (please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1) Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below, anything you want!

2) Follow Keep It Sweet on Twitter

3) Like Keep It Sweet on Facebook

Disclaimer:  I received the coupons for Dunkin Hines cake mix and Comstock pie filling as a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program.  All of the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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83 Responses to “Caramel Apple Cake Trifle and Giveaway!”

  1. Ginger November 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    That trifle looks delicious!

    My whole family loves turkey sandwiches, so my mom used to slice up and the package the turkey into smaller packages and freeze it. Then she could just pull out a package and let it thaw and we’d get turkey sandwiches in our lunches any time of year!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Great giveaway and your trifle looks wonderful. YUM!!

  3. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Yum, this sounds great! I need to get a trifle bowl…I’ve been seeing so many trifle recipes lately that I want to try, but have no way to serve it!

  4. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    I follow you on Twitter.

  5. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I just liked you on facebook!

  6. mary fanara coleman November 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I like Keep it Sweet on fb.

  7. mary fanara coleman November 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I would love a trifle bowl. Thanks for the chance to win the coupons.

  8. Rona November 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Your trifle looks really pretty!

  9. Rona November 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I would love to make it sometime! I follow you on twitter at @ronapeltzer.

  10. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Ain’t no shame in using boxed mix, girl! I love easy desserts and this trifle looks gorgeous.

  11. lynn @ the actor's diet November 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    yum – i’m all about the box mixes so i’d love to win this!

  12. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh fun! Not only does this recipe and the ingredients for it sound awesome but I Duncan Hines is my go to for cheater mixes :)

  13. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

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  15. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Totally have fallen victim to the day after Thanksgiving cockiness myself! It’s devious. :)

  16. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    I like you on Facebook!

  17. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    And I follow you on Twitter.

  18. Leah November 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I love Dunkin Hines products!!!

  19. Leah November 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

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  20. Mb November 28, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    awesome!

  21. Lindsay @ biking before bed November 28, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I have been eying that cake mix every time I go down the baking aisle. I love the Duncan Hines carrot cake mix. And cinnamon cool whip… I didn’t even know it existed!

  22. Lindsay @ biking before bed November 28, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I follow you on Twitter!

  23. Joanne November 28, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I don’t want to be entered for the cake mix, but if you want to give away this trifle? I wouldn’t argue.

  24. Cindy B. November 28, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Duncan Hines do have great mixes. My favorite is the Carrot Cake Decadent Cake Mix.

  25. Cindy B. November 28, 2011 at 8:19 am #

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  26. Cindy B. November 28, 2011 at 8:20 am #

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  27. Kiri W. November 28, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Wow, looks amazing! I love anything that combines apples and caramel, and I haven’t had a trifle in much too long. :)

  28. Diane Cosby November 28, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    We love turkey salad and make it for sandwiches as well as turkey pot pies and turkey “TV” dinners for the freezer!! They are wonderful to pop in the oven on a day you don’t want to cook!! The turkey, ham, dressing, cranberries. green bean casserole all freeze beautifully.

  29. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family November 28, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    That is a gorgeous looking trifle.

  30. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family November 28, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I follow you on Twitter.

  31. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family November 28, 2011 at 9:43 am #

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  32. April V November 28, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    How delicious does that look!! …and simple!

  33. Corisa Jubinsky November 28, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Trifles always look so scrumptious

  34. Erin November 28, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    I don’t have any leftovers. Guess that’s what happens when you go to someone’s else’s place for the holiday and you eat most of what was left over the course of the weekend. But good lord this trifle is amazing!

  35. Erin November 28, 2011 at 11:13 am #

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  37. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I adore this! I am a huge apple cake fan and I am really digging that trifle dish…so beautiful! Glad that you had a great Thanksgiving :)

  38. Emily November 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Lauren!
    I enjoy reading your blog. I want to enter to win the cake mixes. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. Now… on towards Christmas!

  39. Valerie November 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Ditto on the ‘too many leftovers’! But I consider it a very good thing! :)

  40. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    There is TOTALLY a time and place for mixes, and after WAY too much cooking this past week, I’d say this is it ;) This trifle looks delicious!

  41. Jen at The Three Little Piglets November 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    We all cheat a little now and then! All part of being human!

  42. Jen at The Three Little Piglets November 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  43. Pat R November 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Love your blog………..

  44. Krissy's Creations November 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    I love a good Trifle and yours looks delicious!!

  45. Rondah November 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

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  48. Cucina49 November 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Gorgeous trifle! I always love making them around the holidays–they look so festive.

  49. Kelli November 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    great trifle idea! always looking for different variations. can’t wait to try this!

  50. Madison @ Espresso and Cream November 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    I would love to win because busy girls like us, even those who love to bake, can always use a little help during the holidays getting it all done! :)

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