*For the cake, I used Simply...Gluten-Free's Birthday Cake recipe. It worked wonderfully, and I baked it in a 9x13-inch pan. Bake according to directions, and allow to cool completely. *1 package of cooked butterscotch pudding, cooked according to package directions (the package I used required 3 cups of milk) *Apple Pie Filling - canned or homemade. Below is the recipe that I used, adapted from Allrecipes.com.
4 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 8-ounce container whipped topping, defrosted
Caramel sauce for drizzling over the top of the trifle
In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and set aside (this will prevent them from browning).
In a large saucepan, stir to combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add the water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the apples and return to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover with the lid, and continue cooking for 6-10 minutes, depending on the apples you are using. Stir in vanilla. Cool for 30 minutes before using.
Cut the cake into 1-inch cubes.
Arrange a layer of cake cubes along the bottom of a large serving bowl.
Top the cake with half of the butterscotch pudding.
Top with nearly half of the chopped pecans.
Add half of the apple pie filling, spreading it around to cover all of the pudding/nuts.
Next, spread half of the whipped topping over the apple pie filling.
Repeat. Cake. Pudding. Pecans (keep 2 Tbsp for sprinkling on top). Appel pie filling. Whipped Topping.
Sprinkle the remaining pecans on the top of the trifle, and drizzle with some caramel sauce.
Put trifle together at least 8 hours before serving. This allows the pudding to soak into the cake. Refrigerate until serving.
I was still eating leftovers 3 days after putting this trifle together, and it still tasted fantastic.
Recipe by The Baking Beauties at http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2011/11/gluten-free-caramel-apple-trifle.html