Recipe: Frozen Sea Salt Caramel Trifle

published Aug 15, 2017
Frozen Sea Salt Caramel Trifle
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It’s somehow already August, but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t win at summer. When you roll into those end-of-season parties carrying this Frozen Sea Salt Caramel Trifle, everyone’s head is going to turn at whiplash-inducing speeds.

“Are those…donuts?” they’ll be thinking. They certainly are, Susan, and they’re surrounded by a delicious combination of tart apples and Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, with a light dusting of cinnamon sweetness. It’s super easy to put together, looks impressive even without a photo filter, and is basically the yummiest thing you’ll eat all year.

(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Frozen Sea Salt Caramel Trifle

Serves10 to 12

Nutritional Info


  • 4 cups

    small-dice crisp apples, such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith (from 3 apples)

  • 2 tablespoons

    freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    ground cinnamon

  • 2 cups

    cold heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon

    freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 8

    small apple cider or cinnamon sugar doughnuts (about 4-inches wide)

  • 2 pints

    Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, softened to soft-serve consistency, divided


  1. Place the apples, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Remove 1/4 cup of the apple mixture to a small bowl and set aside for garnish.

  2. Place the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. (Alternatively, use an electric hand mixer and large bowl.) Beat medium-high speed until foamy. Add the sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.

  3. Spoon 1 pint of the Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato onto the bottom of a 3-quart trifle or high-sided glass bowl and spread into an even layer. Scatter 1/2 of the apples evenly over the gelato. Stand 5 of the whole doughnuts upright and side-by-side against the bowl to form a ring. Break 3 doughnuts into large chunks and place inside the ring so that there is now an even layer of doughnuts. Top with 1/2 of the whipped cream and spread into an even layer.

  4. Repeat layering the gelato and apples. Dollop with the remaining whipped cream. Garnish with the reserved 1/4 cup diced apples and a dusting of nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Apples: Look for a crisp apple that is more tart than sweet to balance the richness of the gelato and doughnuts.

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