Recipe: Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Poke Cake

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The words "skinny" and "cheesecake" have come together in this fabulous fall dessert. This cake is impressive enough to share at a party while being easy enough to make any night of the week. Sugar-free Jello, fat-free cheesecake pudding mix and light whipped topping keep this dessert light and delicious.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Serving size: 1/12th equal size slice

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box golden yellow cake mix, dry cake mix only
  • 1 (15-ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 ounce Jell-O Cheesecake Fat Free/Sugar Free Pudding Dessert
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 (8-ounce) container light whipped topping

*Optional:

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

*Optional ingredients are not included in the nutritional calculations.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly coat a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large stand-up mixing bowl or large bowl with a hand mixer, mix together the dry cake mix, pumpkin and ½ cup of water. If using the pumpkin pie spice, mix that in as well.
  3. Mix until the batter is lump-free and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and bake until edges are golden brown and fork inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes.
  5. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  6. Using a straw or the end of a spoon, generously poke holes throughout the cake.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix the cheesecake pudding mixture with the 2 cups of skim milk.
  8. Using a whisk, whisk the pudding for 2 minutes.
  9. Immediately pour pudding evenly over the cake.
  10. Top the cake with the light whipped topping and optional chopped walnuts and/or pumpkin pie spice.
  11. Refrigerate the cake before serving, and keep leftovers stored in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving (1/12th equal size slice):
Calories: 274
Fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 53g
Fiber: 2g
Protein: 3g
Sugars: 28g
Sodium: 407mg
WWP+: 7