My Favorite Lighter Dessert for Summertime Gatherings: Sherbet Cake Recipe

August 30, 2019

Healthy sherbet cake recipe

By Kay MacInnis, Registered Dietitian at Providence Health

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My parents have said many times that as you get older time moves faster, and I have discovered they are telling the truth!

Summer is going by so fast and there are so many things I didn’t get to…like spending enough time at the beach or on the lake. I haven’t even had my favorite all-time favorite summertime dessert, yet!

I can’t let the summer go by without serving this at least one time, so it will be on the menu for the Sunday night gathering at my house. Yes, there is a little sugar and a few calories, but it is a dessert. And on the plus side, there are a few of those anti-inflammatory flavanols in the dark chocolate!!

Happy Labor Day weekend from Providence Health! Enjoy good company and good food, and of course, a toast to good health!

Watermelon Sherbet Cake


  • 1 pint lime sherbet, slightly softened
  • 1½ pint raspberry sherbet, slightly softened
  • ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


  • Line a serving bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Spoon lime sherbet into the bowl, smoothing it out to be ½-inch thick along the sides, making the watermelon rind.
  • Place bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes or until hardened.
  • Stir the chocolate chips evenly into the raspberry sherbet.
  • Scoop the raspberry sherbet into the sherbet shell, smoothing off and leveling the top.
  • Return bowl to the freezer until hardened.
  • To serve, invert the bowl onto a serving plate. Lift off bowl and remove plastic wrap.
  • Freeze again for 1 hour if the sherbet is too soft. Slice to get the impact of watermelon slice!

Yield: 8 servings

Nutritional analysis: 1 serving (½ cup) equals 205 calories, 4 grams fat, 8 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 43 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams protein.

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