Caramel Apple Parfait

I know you’ve heard me say that I don’t like using box mixes… and I don’t. But there’s this box of caramel cake mix that’s been sitting in the pantry staring at me every time I open the pantry door. No, I didn’t buy it. It just appeared out of nowhere. Okay, maybe not out of nowhere. Who bought it, I couldn’t tell you… but I think it’s been waiting for me to utilize it somehow. So the day has come to take the box out of the pantry and put it to good use… with a little bit of tweaking of course!

Caramel Apple Parfait

My creation… Caramel Apple Parfait! The components… Caramel Apple Cider cake, Apple Cider Caramel, Caramelized Apple Walnut filling, and Cinnamon Whipped Cream. Whether served warm, room temp, or cold… this was OH, so YUM! And I am more than happy to share this super easy and super delish recipe with you!

Depending on how much cake crumble you use, most likely you will have left over cake. If so, serve as slices drizzled with caramel!



Caramel Apple Cider Cake:

1 Box Duncan Hines Caramel Cake Mix

3 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

1/2 Cup Apple Cider

1/2 Cup Milk

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

Apple Cider Caramel (adapted from

2 Cups Apple Cider

1/4 Cup Butter

1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Apple Walnut Filling

4 Tablespoons Butter

3 Cups Chopped Apples (skin on)

2/3 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

4 Tablespoons Sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark pans). Grease pan and set aside. Mix all the ingredients for the cake together. Pour in greased pan. Bake according to pan used as stated on cake mix box.

2. While cake is baking, make the caramel. In a medium sauce pan, bring apple cider to boil. Continue to boil until cider has thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup. About 20 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the butter, sugar, cream, and cinnamon. Bring back to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until caramel has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside to cool and thicken.

3. Heat skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Add the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cook for 5-8 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the walnuts and cook for 5-8 more minutes or until apples are caramelized. Add the vanilla and cook for about a minute more. Set aside to cool down.

4. On high speed, whisk together heavy whipping cream, sugar, and cinnamon until stiff peaks form.

5. Create your parfait in alternating layers with all four components. Into each serving vessel crumble cake, top with apple walnut filling, caramel, whipped cream, and repeat ending with a drizzle of caramel over the whipped cream and top with a walnut for garnish.

Apple Cider Caramel Parfait

Eat immediately or later… either way ENJOY!

I prefer eating it while the filling and caramel are slightly warm, but even if served cold still tastes amazing!


  1. November 5, 2014  9:13 am by Hani Reply

    Looks delicious.. Must try! :)

    • November 9, 2014  11:01 pm by Maysem Reply

      Thanks Hani! I hope you do... and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! :D

    • November 9, 2014  11:02 pm by Maysem Reply

      Thanks! It sure was tasty! :D

  2. November 5, 2014  5:53 pm by shirley@housepitalitydesigns Reply

    So happy that you are landing in my inbox again and then I see my favorite dessert!.....Hey Maysem....hope you are well!!!

    • November 9, 2014  11:03 pm by Maysem Reply

      Awe thanks Shirley! Yes, I'm doing ok... thanks for asking. :)

  3. November 5, 2014  8:14 pm by Dina Reply

    Looks sooo yummy!!!

    • November 9, 2014  11:04 pm by Maysem Reply

      If only you were still my somewhat neighbor...LOL!

  4. November 6, 2014  9:13 am by ColleenB. Reply

    They lo0ok sooooo cute and Oh, so delicious.
    I totally love serving individual dessert in jars and what a different Thanksgiving dessert these would make.
    Any cake crumbs left over;toast the crumbs; mix in a few crumbs with a bowl of ice cream or zip lock bag and save for later use.
    Can also use the cake crumbs to coat outside of a cake or make a crumb crust like you would a graham cracker crust and make up another dessert of sorts. Can also make into cake balls.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome dessert Maysem.

    • November 9, 2014  11:05 pm by Maysem Reply

      Thanks Colleen! All great ideas... thanks for sharing them!! :D

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