Dr Oz: Sunny Anderson Celebration Trifle Cake Recipe — Light Dessert


Dr Oz: Low-Calorie Low-Fat Trifle

Trifles can be a decadent dessert, but you may think you can’t have one if you are on a diet. That’s where Dr Oz comes in. He challenged Food Network’s Sunny Anderson, author of Sunny’s Kitchen, to make a Trifle Cake Recipe with half the fat and calories of the classic recipe.

For more of Sunny’s healthy desserts, check out her Fake Crepes and Fruit Crunch Pie recipes. “If you’re looking for a less fatty alternative to cake, look for angel food cake at the grocery store,” Sunny said.


This cake treat provides plenty of chances to choose healthy options for your ingredients, which include fresh fruit and cream cheese. You can also try using neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese, to keep things even lighter.

Dr Oz: Sunny Anderson Celebration Trifle Cake Recipe Ingredients

Dr Oz: Sunny Anderson Celebration Trifle Cake Recipe — Light Dessert

Dr Oz challenged Sunny Anderson to create a low fat trifle, and she was up to the task with her Celebration Trifle Cake Recipe, featuring fresh berries.

  • 1 lb Angel Food Cake (in 1” slices)
  • 1/4 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Sugar

Spread Ingredients

  • 16 oz room temperature Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups room temperature Heavy Cream
  • 2/3 cup Sugar

Trifle Ingredients

  • 1 pint Blueberries
  • 2 pints hulled Strawberries (chop 1 cup and quarter the rest)

Sunny Anderson: Dr Oz Trifle Cake Recipe Directions

  1. Combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon juice in a pot. Heat to medium high and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Take off heat and add almond extract.
  3. Coat both sides of the cake in this mixture. Cut cake into 1” cubes.
  4. Combine sugar with cream cheese to make your spread. Whisk in a mixer until smooth.
  5. Add cream and blend on medium high for two minutes. It should look like whipped cream.
  6. Using a three-quart trifle dish, assemble the trifle. Create an even layer of cake on the bottom.
  7. Gently spread cream cheese on the cake. Top with quartered strawberries at the rim, and chopped strawberries in the center.
  8. Repeat layers of cake and cream cheese. Top with blueberries.
  9. Repeat one more layer of cake and the spread. Get creative with the remaining fruit on the top layer.
  10. Chill for one hour before serving.


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