Usually, I refuse to ever use a boxed cake mix. I’m not really sure if it’s due to me being stubborn, a baking snob, or the fact I made homemade brownies at the age of five years old. Maybe I’m just picky? I don’t know. Either way, to see anything from a boxed cake mix in my house is uncommon until now.
When I was student teaching, I pretty much dreaded the day of my “going away” party because of cake and my inability to eat a serving then end up grumpy. Well, the best thing was my student teacher was on Weight Watchers (I don’t know how people do it.), knew I was a picky about food, and maybe me a low-fat strawberry trifle. Perfect.
As soon as I celebrated with my first class, I was in love and in pure disbelief it was low-fat and made from a boxed mix. Now, if you believe artificial sweeteners will kill you… This probably isn’t the thing for you. I try to stay away from them as much as possible, but not with this dessert! Now way, Jose!
So, without further ramblings, this is the dessert I made twice this past weekend. Yep, we went through one in two days.
Low-Fat Strawberry Trifle
For the cake:
- 1 boxed yellow cake mix
- 1 can of diet sprite or other diet lemon-lime soda (I used Zevia Mt. Dew)
For the pudding mixture:
- 1 box Sugar Free Cheesecake Pudding mix
- 1 1/2 cup of milk (NOT 2 cups)
- 1 container of Cool Whip Free
- 1 container Strawberries, sliced/chopped/smashed
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13X9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Combine boxed cake mix and diet soda. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30-35 minutes. Let cool.
- For the pudding: Stir together pudding mix and milk for about 2 minutes. Then, add Cool Whip and stir until combined.
- Once cake is cooled, cut into 1×1 squares in the pan. In a large container, add 1/3 cubed cake, 1/3 pudding mixture, and 1/3 sliced strawberries. Repeat two more times.
Confession: In college, I used to make this on Thursday nights so I could eat it straight out of the bowl while watching wedding shows on Friday night.
Bad ingredients? Yes. But delicious? Yes.
You’ve been warned. 😉