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A Lighter “Pick Me Up”

2 Comments | Written on July 5, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

Today is my Dad’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Daddy! Every year my Dad’s choice for birthday cake is always Angel Food, and this recipe takes Angel Food cake to a whole new level!  I have created a lighter version of Tiramisu that is also quick and easy through the creative use of a few convenience items.  Tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian and I think this dessert will do just that for my Dad on his special day!


Light Tiramisu Angel Food Cake

1 store bought angel food cake, about 8 to 10 inches

3/4 cup strong black coffee, room temperature

1/4 cup coffee liqueur

8 ounce package reduced-fat block-style cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided

3 Tablespoons coffee liqueur

1 Tablespoon instant espresso or coffee powder

1 container (8 ounces) frozen lite whipped topping, thawed

1/4 cup fat-free or sugar free fudge ice cream topping

1 Tablespoon coffee liqueur

1.  Using a serrated knife, cut angel food cake horizontally into 3 layers.  Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter; set other layers aside on a flat work surface.

2.  In a small bowl, combine the coffee and 1/4 cup of coffee liqueur.  With a long-tined fork or skewers, poke holes all over on all three layers.  Drizzle mixture evenly over the tops of all three layers to soak mixture into holes.

3.  For filling:  In bowl of electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, and the 3 Tablespoons of coffee liqueur until blended and smooth.  Spread the top of the cake layer that is on the serving platter with half of the filling mixture.  Place a second cake layer on top of first layer and spread the top with remaining filling.  Place the third cake layer on top of second cake layer.

4.  For frosting:  In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with the tablespoon of instant espresso.  Fold mixture into the thawed whipped topping just until blended.  Frost the entire cake with the whipped topping mixture.  Chill cake for at least 2 hours.

5.  To serve:  Before serving, stir together the fudge ice cream topping and 1 Tablespoon of coffee liqueur.  Drizzle over chilled cake.  Using a serrated knife, cut cake, making 16 servings.

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