Skinnier Coconut Cream Cake

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This Skinny Coconut Cream Poke Cake is a healthier coconut cake soaked in fat-free sweetened condensed milk and topped with a fat-free whipped topping. It’s your favorite coconut cake but without all the calories.

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A close up shot of a slice of cake topped with shredded coconut and 2 raspberries

Remember that time that Portland was blanketed with 8-12 inches of snow? It pretty unheard of for this area, but I have to say I am loving it! I missed a majority of the storm because I was traveling back from the east coast, but I flew home the next day in time to dig out my car and take in the beauty of the city covered in snow.

Work has been closed for two days now and it’s supposed to stay frozen through the weekend. The only downfall is that it has really crippled the city. They really depend on the warm temperatures and rain to help melt the snow, but when that doesn’t come for several days, there is nothing else they can do. So what do I do when I am trapped inside? Bake!

A 3/4 shot of a slice of cake on a teal plate, the cake is topped with flaked shredded coconut and raspberries

Cake is acceptable for breakfast, right? I hope so because this is what I ate for breakfast last Saturday as I prepared for my trip. I think this is definitely acceptable because this cake is skinnier than most and sometimes we just need a skinny option of our favorite dessert. 

In this cake, this cake is similar to my mouthwatering Triple Coconut Poke Cake but I’ve specifically chosen to use different ingredients to make it a little lighter.

This Skinny Coconut Cream Cake starts with a cake mix, and then I used egg whites, coconut Greek yogurt, diet 7up and shredded coconut.

Have you ever heard of a diet soda cake? I first heard about it in my Weight Watcher meetings, but it’s quite a popular thing to do to reduce the calories for a cake. In this case, I’ve added some additional ingredients to adjust the texture and taste of this cake. 

A close up shot of a slice of cake on a blue polka dot cake with a few bites missing

In place of the diet 7up you could use even use coconut water or seltzer water. I prefer the carbonated drinks because it helps add a little air into the cake.

I opt for diet soda to eliminate the sugar and extra calories, but I understand that diet soda isn’t a healthiest ingredients. I never said this dessert was healthy, it’s just a less calories option. You see where I am going here?

Once it’s baked, you poke holes all over the top and pour a can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk. This helps keep the cake nice and moist. This cake is served cold, so the milk soaks nicely into the cake and then adds that element of surprise that no one is expecting.

If you want to make this cake even skinnier, you can use a sugar-free cake mix.

An overhead shot of a slice of cake on a teal plate, the fork has a bite of cake on it

The toppings 

To finish off the cake, I grabbed a fat-free Cool Whip and some toasted coconut. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to Cool Whip unless you can make a coconut whipped cream using cold coconut cream. Or you can look for alternative prepared toppings.

I added more unsweetened coconut and some berries of to this coconut cake to dress it up a bit. Both are optional but I like the texture of the coconut and tartness of the berries. 

This is one cake that I just couldn’t put down. I always feel like I need to tell you guys how much I hated coconut when I was growing up, but just how much I love it now. It one of my favorite desserts flavors to make and one that I need to immediately give away because I fear I will eat it all!

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A close up shot of a slice of cake on a blue polka dot cake with a few bites missing

Skinner Coconut Cream Cake

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minuntes
  • Total Time: 24 minute
  • Yield: 15 slices

Description

This Skinny Coconut Cream Poke Cake is a healthier coconut cake soaked in fat-free sweetened condensed milk and topped with a fat-free whipped topping. It’s your favorite coconut cake but without all the calories.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 box (15oz) white cake mix
  • 1 cup (236ml) diet 7up or seltzer water
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 container (5.3 oz) low-fat coconut Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) coconut extract
  • 1 cup (75g) shredded coconut, unsweetened

For the topping:

  • 1 can (14oz) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 container (8 ounces) fat-free Cool Whip
  • ½ cup (38g) shredded coconut, unsweetened- toasted

Instructions

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the white cake mix, diet 7up, egg whites, Greek yogurt and coconut extract. Beat all the ingredients until well combined. Lastly fold in the shredded coconut.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes. To check the cake for doneness, stick a toothpick into the center of the cake. If your toothpick comes out clean, then your cake is done. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Before you turn off your oven, toast the coconut for the topping for 5-10 minutes until the coconut turns lightly brown.
  5. For the topping: Use a wooden spoon or small round object to poke holes all over the top of the cake. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over top of the cake, trying to spread evenly. Allow it to soak into the cake while the cake is cooling. Cool completely.
  6. Spread the Cool Whip over the cooled cake and garnish with the toasted coconut. This cake must be refrigerated after the Cool Whip has been added.

Notes

  • Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated. Actual nutritional information should be calculated based off the ingredients you are using
  • Weight Watcher Freestyle points- this recipe is 202 WW Freestyle points. Divide the total points by the number of servings. For 15 servings, it would be 13 points. 
  • Make this recipe into cupcakes to further reduce the overall calories
  • If you want to make this cake even skinnier, you can use a sugar-free cake mix.
Nutrition Information:
1 slice
275
33g
342.8mg
5.7g
4.6g
51.3g
1.6g
6.5g
1.3mg
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Coconut Cake, Healthy Coconut Cake,

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5 Responses
    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Rosemary, To figure this out, I would put the whole recipe into your weight watcher app and then divide it by the number of servings your intending to make.

  1. D Dell

    Yum deliumpcious! Looks wonderful. Snow Baking Day. Perfection (almost). I can think of a couple things that would make it perfect. KD and Shredding too.

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