Lightened Almond Pound Cake Trifle

A goal has a plan, a wish has a genie. Turns out my New Year's resolutions usually require a genie. But this year, I'm gonna fracture that fairytale and lose those 10 pounds. For reals. Because I have a plan, and it starts with pound cake. No, really! It does. The Lightened Almond Pound Cake Trifle has applesauce, sugar-free pudding, skim milk and berries (a super food!) - so this recipe is really dreamy in a goal-oriented kind of way ... the perfect way to start the year!



Lightened Almond Pound Cake Trifle


  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1 oz. pkg. instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1½ cups skim milk
  • 8 oz. sugar-free non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups hulled and sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • Plus more berries for garnish


Combine first 3 ingredients; stir to blend. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan; bake as directed on the package. Cool completely; cube. Combine pudding and milk, whisk 2 minutes; fold in whipped topping. Layer cake cubes, pudding mixture and berries in a clear glass bowl or individual trifle bowls. Cover; chill 1 hour. Garnish with additional berries. Serves 10-12.

Tips and Hints

  • If you don't have applesauce, you can substitute yogurt (plain or flavored, fat-free or not).
  • I added some blackberries to the mix, as strawberries and blueberries were super expensive at the grocery store this week. You could also use mandarin oranges (drained), kiwi, pineapple ... virtually anything you have on hand.
  • This recipe would also be good with Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix!
  • We gave one bowl to our neighbors and they were so delighted! It's fun to spring a surprise like this one on an unsuspecting neighbor.
  • I have made the regular version of this recipe many times, and I have to say I really could not taste the difference. So going forward ... I'll save the calories and go with the lightened version.
  • All of my testers la-la-loved this!
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