Banana Pudding Poke Cake

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake has been a favorite recipe for YEARS!  A soft fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping and ‘Nilla wafers!  This is one recipe you’ll make over and over!

Banana Pudding Poke Cake has been a favorite recipe for YEARS! A soft fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping and 'Nilla wafers! This is one recipe you'll make over and over!

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If you like banana cream pie (and let’s face it, who doesn’t), you’ll love this Banana Cream Poke Cake recipe!!

If you’ve never made a poke cake before, you’re in for a real treat!  Poke cakes generally consist of a cake baked in a 9×13 pan and then, as the name suggests, the cake is poked to create holes.  A filling such as pudding or jello is poured over the cake and it soaks into the cake creating a ridiculously moist and delicious treat!  The other great thing about poke cakes are that the longer they sit, the better they taste making them the perfect make ahead dessert.  If you have a potluck dinner coming up, this cake is the perfect choice!

To make this recipe extra easy and fast, I start with a boxed yellow cake mix.  If you have a favorite homemade from scratch cake, you can certainly use it in this recipe! I top it with pudding but I’ve also used a can of sweetened condensed milk from time to time just drizzling it over before I add the pudding.

This Banana Pudding Poke Cake is the perfect potluck dish! A soft fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping and 'Nilla wafers! This is one recipe you'll make over and over!

I use whipped topping (such as Cool Whip) because it’s easy but you can use freshly whipped cream in this dessert as well.  If you’re topping your cake with fresh banana slices, toss them in a little bit of lemon juice to keep it from browning and add them just before serving.

As I’m sure you can tell just by looking at the ingredients, this cake can be made with ANY flavor of cake mix or pudding following the same steps as below.

Here are a few of my favorite Pudding Poke Cake Combinations:

  • Rich Chocolate: Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Pudding
  • Boston Cream: Yellow cake, vanilla pudding & topped with an easy chocolate ganache
  • Lemon Burst Poke Cake: Tender vanilla cake with extra lemony flavor added and lemon frosting!
  • Grasshopper Poke Cake: Chocolate and Mint make the perfect moist cake!
  •  Strawberries & Cream Cake:  White cake, vanilla pudding and fresh strawberry infused whipped topping.

This Banana Pudding Poke Cake is the perfect potluck dish! A soft fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping and 'Nilla wafers! This is one recipe you'll make over and over!

The possibilities are endless so let your imagination go wild!

 

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Servings: 12 servings
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
 
Author: Holly
Ingredients
  • yellow cake mix
  • 2 packages of instant banana pudding mix
  • cool whip
  • Nilla Wafers
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake in a 9x13 pan as directed on package. 

  2. While cake is cooling, prepare banana pudding as directed on package.

  3. Poke holes in cake with handle of a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour banana pudding across the top of the cake.
  5. Top with Cool Whip.
  6. Add crushed Nilla Wafers to the top of Cool Whip.
  7. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake has been a favorite recipe for YEARS! A soft fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping and 'Nilla wafers! This is one recipe you'll make over and over!
Banana Pudding Poke Cake has been a favorite recipe for YEARS! A soft fluffy yellow cake topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping and 'Nilla wafers! This is one recipe you'r guests will request over and over!

Holly

6 comments on “Banana Pudding Poke Cake”

  1. IN THE VIDEO OF THE BANANA PUDDING CAKE IT SHOWS ADDING BUTTER BUT BUTTER IS NOT LISTED IN THE INGREDIENTS.
    DO YOU ADD BUTTER OR NOT AND HOW MUCH.

    • The butter is used to make the cake as instructed on your cake mix box. Each mix may have different instructions. Enjoy Barbara!

  2. This recipe is just so simple, I will pass it along, thanks for the posting.

  3. Can you send me some other recipes that you use a cake mix and add ingredients to the mix and stir it all together and bake they were on Face book and I thought I saved them but now I can’t find them
    Thanks very much

  4. Cindy, I just made the cake tonight. I used the small boxes and a small tub of the cool whip was plenty It is very good.

  5. What size boxes of pudding do you use?

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