Banana Pudding Cake is a fun variation of our favourite summer staple, making your dose even easier to get. All the classic ingredients of banana pudding wrapped in an addictive cake!
Hi everyone! It’s Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox again and I’m addicted to Banana Pudding. I guess there are worse things than being an addict, but I love making banana pudding (and of course banana bread) because it’s so easy to make and you can play with the flavours endlessly by making your own versions, like this chocolate banana pudding that I could just dive into right now.
Banana pudding is such a great dessert to make for summer that I thought…why not turn this southern classic into a Banana Pudding CAKE!!
Let me tell you…this Banana Pudding Cake is one of the best recipes I have ever made. And it may even be a little easier than the Banana Pudding itself.
Yes, of course, you have to turn on the oven but it’s not that bad because I used a canned cake mix, so this recipe is not complicated at all.
What is banana pudding?
Classic banana pudding is a southern dessert made with layers of sweet banana or vanilla custard, crushed cookies and banana slices topped with whipped cream (you can find our favourite banana pudding recipe here). It is usually served in a baking dish and appears especially during the summer months as a no-bake dessert.
I really wanted to make sure that the flavour of a classic banana pudding recipe was present in the cake, so I made this cake into a Banana Pudding Poke Cake! This allowed the banana pudding to sink deep into the holes and turn the cake into a moist banana paradise.
What is a Poke Cake? And how do you make a Banana Pudding Cake?
A “Poke Cake” is exactly what it sounds like…a baked cake in which you poke holes after baking. The holes are then filled with a custard, jelly or pudding that is poured over the cake while it is still warm. This allows the flavours to infuse the cake and keep it moist.
2 sticks butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs + 2 egg whites
3 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
One 1.34oz box instant, sugar-free banana pudding mix
1 cup milk
Filling: Whisk together the following ingredients and refrigerate until assembling cake (~10minutes).
One 1.34oz box instant, sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1 cup Cool Whip (or whipped cream)
To brush on layers: Mix together the following:
1 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp skim milk
You’ll also need:
2-3 medium ripe bananas
3-4 cups Cool Whip for frosting
Step 1: Make the cake
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prep three 8″ round pans by lining the bottom only with parchment paper. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in eggs and egg whites, one at a time. Beat in vanilla until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and pudding mix. Add into wet ingredients in three separate additions, mixing until just combined. Don’t over mix!
Stir in milk until combined. Divide batter and pour into pans. Bake 22-25 minutes or until cake is golden and begins to pull away from sides of pans.
Allow cake to cool 15 minutes in pan. Loosen and remove from pan. Allow to cool another 1-2 hours on a wire rack.
Step 2: Begin layering
Level each cake. Place first layer on cake plate. Brush with a little milk mixture.
Line banana slices on top of cake. Spread 1/3-1/2 of the filling mix on top of bananas.
Place next cake layer on top of filling. Repeat with milk mix, filling, and final layer.
Step 3: Frost
This is the fun part. Frost with Cool Whip and decorate as you wish. I crushed some mini Nilla wafers and spread on top. Then used the wafers along the sides.
Whew! Sounds super complicated, but it was simple to make. You may also want to put some Nilla wafers in between the layers. You know, if you’re feeling extra fancy and decadent.
Very important!!: Store this cake in the fridge!! Lots of perishable ingredients. You’ve been warned, so I’m off the hook if you don’t refrigerate and get sick.
This may be a new family favorite. It’s definitely not a “good for you” cake, but this was a very special occasion. Everyone loved it, too! My nieces especially enjoyed picking off and eating the Nilla wafers.