This glorious Pecan Praline Caramel Trifle is a celebration of all of my favorite things. Bite-size cubes of homemade pecan praline buttermilk pound cake are layered with caramel pudding, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and toasted pecans. Add a generous sprinkle of toffee bits and it's a confection the caramel fans in your life will love.
My Obsession with Caramel
To expedite the preparation for this pecan praline caramel trifle, I often make the Pecan Praline Buttermilk Pound Cake well in advance, cool, wrap and freeze. Then pull it out of the freezer to thaw in the refrigerator overnight when I need a special dessert. Doing this in advance means, I can move on to assembling the layers in no-time. Serve this irresistible dessert and it'll turn any gathering into a special occasion.
Other Trifle Recipes You May Like to Try
I love trifle so much, I think there's at least one for every single occasion. This classic English Trifle from Amanda's Cookin' would make a stunning addition to your holiday desserts and this fruity Strawberry Key Lime Cheesecake Trifle from Inside BruCrew Life will make your picnic table complete.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Pecan Praline Caramel Trifle
- ½ cup chopped pecans toasted
- 1 Pecan Praline Buttermilk Pound Cake cubed
- 2 3.4 oz boxes caramel instant pudding mix may substitute butterscotch
- 4 cups half & half
- 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 8 oz whipped topping, thawed and divided
- 1 14 oz can dulce de leche or quality caramel ice cream topping
- ¼ cup bits-o-brickle toffee bits
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the chopped pecans in a single layer. Toast for 6-8 minutes then set aside to cool completely.
- Bake, cool and cube the Pecan Praline Buttermilk Pound Cake
- In a large mixing bowl using a hand or stand mixer whip together the instant pudding mix and half and half. Beat until thickened but still pourable.
- Add the cream cheese. Beat until completely incorporated about 2-3 minutes.
- By hand fold in 1 (8-oz) whipped topping.
- To assemble: start with ⅓ cake, topped with ½ pudding. Repeat ending with cubed cake.
- In a microwave safe bowl warm the dulce de leche until pourable for about 20-30 seconds.
- Drizzle ½ over the final layer of cubed cake. Frost with the remaining whipped topping.
- Drizzle the whipped topping with the remaining dulce de leche, sprinkle with bits-o-brickle and chopped pecans. (Make sure the dulce de leche is cooled slightly)
- Chill for 4 hours. Store leftovers chilled.