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Recipes: black forest trifle

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Trifles have been defined as delicious, but decadent English desserts. For the most part, the decadent part would eliminate it from the diet of any diabetic.

Leave it to the Diabetic Living division of the Everyday Cooking organization to come up with a solution which tastes just as decadent but only has 102 calories. Such is this recipe for black forest trifle. Everyone in the family can enjoy it and cut down on their calorie intake. What more could you want?


  • 1 (8-ounce) package no-sugar-added low fat chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (4-serving-size) package sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 pound fresh, dark sweet cherries, pitted – or one 16-ounce package frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed and well-drained
  • 2 cups frozen, fat-free whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)


  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions in a 13 x 9 x 2 – inch baking pan.
  2. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from pan. Cut into 1-inch squares.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare pudding mix, according to package directions using the 2 cups fat-free milk. Cover; chill about 30 minutes or until set.
  4. In a 3-quart trifle bowl, layer half of the cake cubes, half of the cherries, half of the chocolate pudding and half of the whipped topping. Repeat the layers. If desired, sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Makes 16 (⅔ cup) serving

Make-ahead directions: Prepare trifle as directed. Cover and chill up to 4 hours.



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