Serving Size:
1/10th recipe

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein


  • 10 ounces of pound cake, prepared
  • 12 ounces regular cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely grated
  • 4 ounces brewed espresso


  1. Using a serrated knife, cut pound cake into 10 equal slices and set aside.
  2. Mix cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Combine cocoa and grated chocolate in a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. Pour espresso into a shallow dish.
  5. Dip both sides of 4 pieces of pound cake into the espresso, then place in bottom of 8" loaf pan. Break up pieces, if necessary, in order to coat bottom of pan.
  6. Gently spread 1/3 of cream cheese mixture over cake layer. Sprinkle with 1/3 cocoa mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining slices, cream cheese mixture and cocoa mixture to make 3 layers.
  7. Refrigerate 2 hours, then cut into 10 pieces and serve.

Helpful hints

  • A 10-ounce prepared pound cake is the smaller size.
  • This is a low phosphorus version of traditional tiramisu.
  • To reduce carbohydrates and fat, use sugar substitute instead of sugar and replace regular cream cheese with low-fat cream cheese. You can also adjust to a smaller portion size. 


Nutrients per serving

Calories 304

Protein 4 g

Carbohydrates 27 g

Fat 20 g

Cholesterol 72 mg

Sodium 196 mg

Potassium 118 mg

Phosphorus 85 mg

Calcium 36 mg

Fiber 0.7 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 4 fat
  • 1 high calorie


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