Caramel Apple Trifles

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These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple dessert – no bake, super easy and full of caramel, cinnamon and apples! An easy recipe for Fall!

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Caramel Apple Trifles

I’m totally loving these cute little trifles. With so many tasty layers, what’s not to love? Here’s what’s in there:

  • Cinnamon apples
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cinnamon granola
  • Cinnamon whipped cream

Clearly there’s loads of cinnamon, apples and caramel sauce. So many of my favorite fall things! And unlike so many trifles that use cake or brownies or something similar, these use granola. It not only adds some crunch, but also lightens the trifles up just a bit. I love the texture and flavor of it with the apples and caramel, but of course you could use something like pound cake too.

Side view of 4 Caramel Apple Trifles in glass cups on a wooden background
A side image of a Caramel Apple Trifle with a spoon in it

How to Make Caramel Apple Trifles

The first thing you’ll want to do is make the caramel sauce so that it has some time to cool. You could even make it several days ahead if you want. I use my Easy Salted Caramel Sauce and I totally recommend it, but you could certainly use a store bought sauce if you want to make things even easier.

Once your sauce is made, you can make the cinnamon apples. Combine the apples, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a pan and cook until the apples are tender. Easy peasy!

Let the apples cool a bit, then make the cinnamon whipped cream and it’s time to layer everything together.

Start with the whipped cream, then the granola, caramel sauce and apples. Top the trifles with a little more caramel sauce.

These trifles are great for making a little bit ahead. I like the crunch of the granola, but I also like it soften just a bit. So for me, these are great a few hours after making them. But you could certainly eat them immediately or even make them a day ahead. After that, the granola does soften up a good bit. Totally still yummy, but you lose that crunch.

Overhead view of Caramel Apple Trifles with some apples around them

These Caramel Apple Trifles are so delicious and great for fall! The recipe makes just 4 trifles, so it’s great for just making for the family as a special treat, or for doubling up for a group. Either way – a great way to use up some apples and try a treat that’s full of flavor and texture. I hope you enjoy them!

side close up of trifle with some sliced apples around it

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side close up of trifle with some sliced apples around it

Caramel Apple Trifles

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Trifles
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple dessert for Fall! It’s a super easy, no bake recipe, full of caramel, cinnamon and apples!


Caramel Sauce*

  • 1 cup (207g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp salt

Cinnamon Apples

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp (56g) packed brown sugar

Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Granola

  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Granola (I used this granola)


Make the Caramel Sauce

*You can replace the caramel sauce with a store-bought sauce, if preferred.

  1. In a medium to large sauce pan, combine the granulated sugar and water. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the butter and let it melt. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Stop whisking and don’t whisk at all during this part to help avoid crystallization. Allow to boil until the mixture turns a deep golden copper color, about 10-15 minutes, maybe longer depending on your stove. Keep an eye on it, but do not stir. If needed, you can occasionally tip the pan from side to side to help things cook evenly.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add in the heavy whipping cream in a slow, steady stream. The caramel will bubble up quite a bit, so be careful with this step. Whisk quickly and well as you add the cream, whisking until well combined.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of salt and whisk to combine. Add additional salt to your desired saltiness.
  6. Allow the caramel sauce to cool. It will be fairly thin, but will thicken as it cools. Cool caramel to about room temperature. 
  7. If you want to make the caramel sauce in advance, store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Make the Cinnamon Apples

  1. Wash and peel apples. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. Combine apples, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium pan and toss to coat.
  3. Cook apples for about 10-15 minutes, or until at preferred softness. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.

Make the Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Assemble Trifles

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and cinnamon to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Once everything is made and ready, build the trifles. Add an even layer of whipped cream into the bottom of 4 cups or jars.
  3. Top with about 2 tablespoons granola in an even layer.
  4. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce over granola.
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of apples over the caramel.
  6. Repeat the layers once more and then drizzle more caramel over the tops of each trifle.
  7. Can be eaten immediately but taste best when given time to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until ready to serve. Trifles are best when eaten within 1-2 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 Trifle
  • Calories: 757
  • Sugar: 74.7 g
  • Sodium: 190.7 mg
  • Fat: 43.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 94.8 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 114.6 mg



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  1. Lyn

    Could you please share your cinnamon granola recipe that you used for this? I’ve not had much luck find one that I really like. Thanks!

  2. Attila

    Looks amazing. I am trying it this weekend. Test run as potential star Thanksgiving dessert option. Do you have any guidance on how far ahead these could be prepared, and how best stored?  If not the assembled dessert, perhaps some of the elements?  Thank you. -Attila

    1. Lindsay

      So how far in advance to prepare them depends a little. As they sit, the granola is going to soften. So if you want the granola to stay more crunchy then you will want to make them no more than 24 hours in advance. If you’re OK with it softening a little more, then they could easily be made 2 to 3 days in advance. As long as you use the full amount of powdered sugar in the whipped cream to keep it stable, it will hold up very well. And the apples will be fine. I would just add the caramel on top shortly before serving.

  3. Realtimedairy

    Its surprising how different and unique this tastes yet all these are common ingredients. Loving your style already and the flavors tell why. Thanks

  4. Rachel H.

    Hi! If I were to make this in a regular trifle bowl (instead of minis), would you recommend doubling the recipe? Thanks!

  5. Wendy

    Hi Lindsay,

    I’m making your delicious sounding trifle recipe for a Christmas party on Wednesday and was wondering how many oz are your servings?  It says 4 but how big is each?  I need to calculate the quantities for 12 x 3oz mason jars.  Thanks!

  6. JoAnn Burke

    These Apple Trifles Look soooo Delicious. I want to try it !!! I would like to receive more of your Delicious recipes

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      Yes I think so. There was another comment from someone who said they’d done it. I’m sure sure what to adjust though. I imagine you’d need to at least triple the recipe for a large trifle dish.

  8. toni julianelle

    I made this amazing recipe twice this weekend for a wedding shower. (I tripled the recipe and put it in a big trifle dish.)– See, I got the day mixed up and went to the event, trifle in hand, on Saturday only to find out the shower was SUNDAY. We happily went home to Netflix and ate the trifle ourselves! Most of it anyway. I got up next day, bought more cream, and remade the trifle for the shower, where it was a big hit! Yum, yum, yum. I want to try the 4-layer cake next, looks amazing. Thanks for the trests!

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  10. Jess+@+On+Sugar+Mountain

    Trifles are so simple and pretty and delicious, it’s a wonder I don’t make them all the time! That caramel apple layer has me swooning, Lindsay! 😀

  11. Chelsea+@chelseasmessyapron

    These are gorgeous Lindsay!! I love them! Also your cake stand – did you get it from pick your plum? I just got mine a little bit ago and love it! All that dripping caramel off these trifles is perfect and I’ve loved all your apple week treats! Pinned 🙂

  12. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking

    That’s so creepy about your Casper episode! I’d be up for the rest of the night, absolutely terrified that someone broke in to the house. Especially because our dog isn’t exactly the greatest watch dog… She doesn’t even bark if we aren’t home! So strange. But anyway, I’m loving your trifles! I grew up eating an apple every day in my lunch, so they’re one of my favorite fruits. And all that drippy caramel? Pure heaven! 🙂 Already pinned!


      Thanks for the pin Amy! If I hadn’t been so tired, I might’ve been up worrying. 🙂 Our dog is usually on top of it, so it was kind of weird.

  13. Heather+@+Shards+of+Lavender

    Thank you both for sharing your best apple recipes this week! These look like the perfect treat for this fall and I love how the granola adds a nice crunch to the trifles. Majorly creepy about the TV; I don’t think I’d be able to go back to sleep. My husband wouldn’t have a problem, but I’d be freaked out:)

  14. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    These are gorgeous! I’m on such a caramel apple kick right now and I’ve loved your recipes this week!

  15. Mir

    I’ve really enjoyed the theme week, Lindsay! And you’re finishing off with such a great idea! I’m going to try this at my next fall party!
    Your TV is possessed, BTW. But better the TV than your blender or mixer! 🙂


      Thanks Mir! Glad you liked all the apple!

      You are so right – if my mixer was possessed, we’d have a BIG problem! 🙂

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