Lite chocolate trifle cups in

We celebrated Father’s Day with these chocolate trifle cups.

Lemon bars

And of course some lemon bars, as requested by the Blue D.

Laurel woke up early Sunday morning to pick some lemons from the yard and bake these before the day got too hot. She did a good job!

The Blue D. had been strongly hinting for some dinosaur cookies too, but he got some extra chocolate trifle cups instead.

Cake Mix and Can of Zevia soda
Working on recipes and baking so much can be very unkind to the waistline, so I’ve had to throw in some lower calorie treats to the mix.

Thus this reduced calorie, lite chocolate trifle cup.

There are a ton of variations of diet soda cake that can be found on the internet, but I just added some egg substitute and stevia sweetened cream soda to half a box of chocolate cake mix here. Any complimentary diet soda flavor would work– like raspberry, orange or cola too.
Tub of truwhip
Truwhip, a natural version of cool whip, makes a great replacement for whipped cream.

Not only does using it reduce fat and calories, it doesn’t have hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings or preservatives. No yucky stuff, and it tastes good–definitely no “natural, health food” taste.

I found it in my local grocery store in the frozen section, right next to the cool whip tubs.


Lite chocolate trifle cups, close up

2 T. truwhip + one crumbled cake piece + 2T. truwhip = instant mini reduced calorie trifle

If you follow Weight Watchers, it’s about 4 points plus value or ~150 calories.

Add chocolate curls (made from one Lindt truffle per cup) and it’s a 5 points plus value or ~230 calories.

With the chocolate curls, it does taste a lot like my favorite chocolate dream cake!

Fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries would make a great topping too, and add no extra points.

Lite chocolate trifle cup w/spoon, close up

So you’ve probably gathered here that I’m counting Weight Watcher’s points. Between working on blog recipes and tweaking cakes, it’s been too easy to gain weight.

I know that keeping track of everything I eat will help to lose those unwanted pounds, and allow me to work in and plan for my treats–especially my beloved cakes!

Oh yes, those lemon bars? They were good, quite tart,  but good.  I got the recipe right off the Weight Watcher’s site, but shhh…. don’t tell the Blue D.– he won’t think they’re as good if he thinks of them as “diet” lemon bars (which they’re really not, since you have to work them into your daily food allotment).

Let me know if you like the trifle!

Lite Chocolate Trifle Cups
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Happy cups of lightened up chocolate cake layered with Truwhip cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1-3/4 c. dry chocolate cake mix
  • ¼ c. egg substitute
  • ¾ c. diet cream, cola, raspberry, or orande soda
  • 3 c. truwhip non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • Optional toppings:
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Chocolate curls
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" x 9" pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Whisk together cake mix, egg substitute and soda in a mixing bowl until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool.
  3. Cut cake into 12 pieces. In each of 12 dessert cups, layer 2 T. truwhip, 1 crumbled cake piece, 2 T. truwhip. Top with berries or chocolate curls if desired.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.