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A piece of cake on a plate, with Banana and Pudding
This easy, fluffy, light poke cake is the perfect mix of flavors!
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This banana pudding cake recipe is truly the perfect combination. The banana pudding and fresh bananas make it light and fruity. But the cake and use of pudding makes it creamy and moist. Think, banana cream pie, in a poke cake form! 

For more amazing banana recipes, do not miss our easy banana cake or our banana chocolate chip cookies.

banana pudding cake

BANANA PUDDING CAKE

The banana pudding cake is SO easy to make. It’s become one of my favorite desserts, and it’s always a hit when I bring it to a potluck, a baby shower — or any other gathering. Another great option is our banana split cake – it’s sure to impress!

I love adding pudding to a cake. It keeps the cake so moist and the flavor really soaks into the texture of the cake.

In this recipe, you forego the frosting and using whipped topping instead. It’s the perfect final touch and, again, it keeps this dessert from getting too heavy or rich.

As far as baking goes, this cake recipe could not be more simple. You simply bake the cake the same way you would bake it normally — just follow the instructions on the back of the box for a 9×13 pan cake.

After you’ve baked the cake is when the fun comes in! You will poke the holes in the cake and add the pudding and other toppings to give the cake it’s rich and creamy banana flavor.

Banana Pudding Cake Ingredients You Will Need

  • 1 box yellow butter cake mix (made according to the instructions on the box)
  • 2 (5.1 ounce) packages of banana pudding
  • 5 cups of milk, divided
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers of frozen whipped topping
  • 4-5 bananas
  • 8-10 vanilla wafers (for garnish)

What Cake Mix to Use for a Banana Pudding Cake

Any type of boxed vanilla cake mix will work just fine when making this banana pudding cake recipe.

When it’s all said and done, the additions we will be making will make this recipe far from a “boxed” cake.

How to Make a Banana Pudding Cake

Mix together the cake mix using the directions and amounts listed on the back of the box. It typically calls for water, butter, and eggs. Swap out the water for milk.

After you’ve made your cake mix, bake the cake in a 9×13 pan – according to the package directions. It usually takes about 30 minutes.

When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool slightly. Then, using the back end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake and let it cool a bit more.

banana pudding cake process shot

While the cake is cooling, prepare one package of banana pudding with 3 cups of milk. Whisk it together and let it sit for 45-60 seconds, then pour it over the cake, spreading the pudding into the holes. After, chill the cake with pudding for about 15 minutes.

banana pudding cake process shot

While the cake is chilling, prepare the second box of pudding with 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of whipped topping. Let this mixture sit until it thickens.

Remove the cake from the refrigerator and slice the bananas. Next, you will want to place the bananas on top of the pudding layer you already have on the cake.

After you’ve spread the bananas, you can then spread the pudding and whipped topping mixture over the top of the bananas and cake. Finally, spread the remaining whipped topping over the very top of the cake.

banana pudding cake process shot

Garnish with vanilla wafers to finish it off.

I find it a good idea to let the cake chill for a bit longer before serving, you want to serve it when it’s nice and cold.

Pro-Tip: The cake really needs to sit overnight in the refrigerator to absorb all of the liquid. If you rush this process, your cake will not absorb the liquid and could come out very wet at the bottom.

The trick with this cake is to make sure that you keep the cake chilled until you are ready to serve it and after you are finished serving it. You want to keep it chilled because of the puddings, whipped topping, and bananas that you’ve added.

close up shot of banana pudding cake

This is definitely a dessert that people will “go bananas” for. It’s creamy and delicious but light and fruity at the same time. It’s fun to make, and even more fun to eat.  

I hope you enjoy making it and serving it as much as I have.

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A piece of cake on a plate, with Banana and Pudding

Banana Pudding Cake

5 from 2 votes
This easy, fluffy, light poke cake is the perfect mix of flavors!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box yellow butter cake mix (made according to the instructions on the box)
  • 2 (5.1) ounce packages of banana pudding
  • 2(8) ounce containers of frozen whipped topping
  • 4-5 bananas
  • 8-10 vanilla wafers for garnish
  • 5 cups Milk divided

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the cake mix using the directions on the box. Typically it calls for water, butter, and eggs — but instead of using water, use milk. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan according to box directions.
  • Once baked, allow to cool slightly, then using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake and allow to cool a little more.
  • Prepare one package of banana pudding with 3 cups of milk, then pour over the cake, allowing to seep into the holes. Chill the cake for about 15 minutes.
  • Prepare one package of banana pudding with 2 cups of milk and 2 cups of whipped topping. Allow to thicken.
  • Remove the cake from the fridge and cover the entire cake with sliced bananas.
  • Spread the pudding and whipped topping mixture over the entire cake like icing.
  • Then cover with a layer of whipped topping and garnish with vanilla wafers.
  • Chill overnight for the best result

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Notes

Pro-Tip: The cake really needs to sit overnight in the refrigerator to absorb all of the liquid. If you rush this process, your cake will not absorb the liquid and could come out very wet at the bottom.

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Argyleen Thomson says

    5 stars
    I really like this recipe & I used lemon juice for keeping the bananas from getting brown when I sliced for the top of the pudding & made cream cheese icing & really was a big hit & keeps better than the cool whip & used no cookies. It was a hit & kept also,

    P.S. Enjoy the recipes.
    Thanks!

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