This recipe for banana pudding poke cake is a fun spin on the traditional banana pudding. This version is very easy to make as it uses cake mix and packaged banana pudding, and it’s a perfect dessert to bring to a potluck or serve at your next cook out with friends.
It’s right up there with our Raspberry Dream Poke Cake, a family favorite!
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
I love to bake from scratch most of the time, but sometimes you need something cheap, quick and easy you can throw together. If you have company coming and know it will be to everyone’s tastes, my Banana Pudding Poke Cake is sure to please.
Most boxed cake mixes will make one sheet cake in a 13×9 pan, or two cakes in smaller pans. This time I used two smaller baking dishes to make this in and just split the prepared cake mixture between the two. I was able to use one cake for us to eat the day I made it, and I froze the other cake in the baking dish for later (without the pudding on top as that doesn’t freeze well).
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Ingredients you will need
- 1 box yellow cake mix, PREPARED
- 2 small boxes banana instant pudding mix
- 2-3 cups cold milk for pudding mix
- 1 container frozen whipped topping, or homemade whipped cream
- Nilla Wafers, crumbled
- 2 sliced bananas
Things you may find useful:
- 13×9 baking dish OR 2- 8×8 baking dishes
- cooling rack
- electric mixer
- wooden spoon
- Mixing bowls
- Liquid measuring cup
The instant pudding is very simple to make and will start to set right away. It will set up better and make it easier to apply the whipped cream or whipped topping if after you’ve added it onto the cake, you then chill it in the fridge for about an hour. After you’ve added the whipped topping you can keep the cake covered in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. Once you’re ready to serve you can add the crushed wafers and the sliced bananas, if you put the bananas on it too far ahead of time they will eventually start to turn brown.
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Banana Pudding Poke Cake
- 15 oz box yellow cake mix PREPARED
- 6.4 oz banana instant pudding mix 2 small boxes
- 3 cups cold milk for pudding mix
- 8 oz container frozen whipped topping or homemade whipped cream
- 2 bananas sliced
- 5 Nilla wafers crumbled
- Preheat oven to the temperature specified on your cake mix.
- Spray one 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray, or you can split this into two smaller pans.
- Make and cook cake as directed on your cake mix box for a 13x9-inch pan.
- Remove cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes
- With handle of a wooden spoon poke evenly spaced holes almost to bottom of cake, about 1/2 to 1 inch apart.
- If you wipe the wooden spoon handle in between it will help stop it sticking and pulling out lumps of cake.
- In a bowl mix together the milk and banana pudding as directed on the pudding packet.
- When the cake is fully cooled pour mixed pudding over the cake and spread evenly over surface to get it into the holes and fully cover the surface of the cake, then refrigerate for 1 hour, this will allow the pudding to set enough to easily add the whipped topping.
- Spread whipped cream or whipped topping evenly over the pudding layer on the cake.
- Just before you serve it add crumbled Nilla wafers and then sliced bananas over the top, the bananas will turn black if you cut them too far ahead of time.