This fluffy and moist Banana Pudding Poke Cake is sure to become a favorite recipe.

In this simple recipe, a soft fluffy yellow cake is topped with creamy banana pudding, whipped topping, and ‘Nilla wafers. This cake is so easy to make and easy to modify for a sweet and delicious dessert that the whole family will love. 

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake


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Easy and Delicious Dessert

  • This banana poke cake recipe is as smooth and creamy as a banana cream pie but without all the fuss and muss. 
  • Poke cakes like this one are a real treat. These cakes are baked in a 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 is that the longer they sit, the better they taste making them the perfect make-ahead dessert.  If there is a potluck dinner coming up, this cake is a great choice. 

Ingredients & Variations 

CAKE MIX To make this recipe extra easy and fast, start with a boxed yellow cake mix or any flavor of cake mix. Although a favorite homemade cake from scratch can certainly be used in this recipe! 

PUDDING Two packages of banana pudding mix will give this cake that creamy texture and banana flavoring. A can of sweetened condensed can also be added to the cake. Just drizzle it over before adding the pudding.

WAFERS Nilla wafers are round sweet cookies sold at most grocery stores. Crumble them and sprinkle the crumbs over the top of the cake. 

TOPPING To make it easy use whipped topping (such as Cool Whip) or whip up some homemade whipped cream with some heavy cream.  

If the cake is to be topped with fresh banana slices, toss them in a little bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning and add them just before serving.

VARIATIONS Replace the banana pudding with any pudding of choice – chocolate, or vanilla. Just make sure that they are instant pudding mix. To give it a Southern flair add some strawberries. Or sprinkle the top with some shredded coconut. 

Banana Pudding poke cake with whipped cream and bananas

How to Make Banana Pudding Poke Cake

This quick and easy poke cake is so fluffy and moist. 

  1. Make the cake and pudding according to the package.
  2. Once baked, poke holes in the cake and pour pudding over top.
  3. Top with cool whip and crushed wafers. 

For the best flavor refrigerate before serving.  

Best Shortcut Tips & Tricks

  • To easily poke holes in the cake, use the handle of a wooden spoon. 
  • Make the cake in advance and then just before dinner, make the pudding, pour it over the cake, and refrigerate. It should be ready just in time for dessert. 

More Cake and Poke Cake Combinations

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Tender cake topped with creamy banana pudding.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Author The Shortcut Kitchen


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 packages instant banana pudding mix
  • 8 ounces whipped topping
  • Nilla Wafers
  • 2 eggs
  • cup oil
  • 2 cups milk


  • Prepare cake in a 9x13 pan as directed on package. 
  • While cake is cooling, prepare banana pudding as directed on package.
  • Poke holes in cake with handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Pour banana pudding across the top of the cake.
  • Top with Cool Whip. Add crushed Nilla Wafers to the top of Cool Whip.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 85mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Two boxes of cake mix is definitely a typo… I made two boxes which would not even fit into the pan specified and made more cake than the pudding and whip cream would cover… once we cut away half the cake it was a tasty and easy dessert. 


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

  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.