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Make-Ahead Lemon Bombe

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


14 servings

"My neighbor gave me the recipe for this refreshing dessert, but it was made with sugar and lots of whipped cream. I lightened it up for my diabetic husband, and it's difficult to taste the difference," assures Nadine Johnson of Clackamas, Oregon.


  • 1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cartons (8 ounces each) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • Mint leaves, maraschino cherries, lemon and orange slices, optional


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut cooled cake into 1-1/2-in. cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; set stand for 1 minute. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add the orange juice concentrate, sugar substitute, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until partially set. Fold in 2 cartons of whipped topping.
  3. Line a 5-1/2-qt. bowl with two overlapping pieces of plastic wrap, letting plastic wrap hang over edge of bowl. In another large bowl, gently combine the cake cubes and whipped topping mixture. Spoon into prepared bowl, gently pushing against side to prevent holes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  4. Just before serving, uncover bombe. Invert onto a serving plate. Remove bowl and plastic wrap. Frost with remaining whipped topping; sprinkle with coconut. Garnish with mint, cherries and lemon and orange slices if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 301 calories, 7g fat (7g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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