Banana Pudding Cake

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Banana Pudding Cake  is a fun twist on our favorite summertime staple and this makes getting your fix even easier. All the classic banana pudding ingredients wrapped into one addicting cake!

Hey y’all!  It’s Kellie again from The Suburban Soapbox and I am a Banana Pudding addict.  I guess there could be worse things to be addicted to but I love to make banana pudding (and of course banana bread) because it’s sooo super easy to whip up and you can play with the flavors a ton making your own versions like this Chocolate Banana Pudding that I could totally just dive into right now.

Close up shot of Banana Pudding Cake on a blue gingham plate with two cookies on the side.

Banana pudding is such a great make-ahead dessert for the 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’ve ever made.  And it maybe even a little easier than the banana pudding itself.

Yes, of course, you need to turn on the oven but it’s really not that big of a deal because I used a box cake mix so this recipe is totally no fuss.

A whole Banana Pudding Cake in a copper pan on a blue background.

What is Banana Pudding?

Classic Banana Pudding is a southern dessert consisting of layers of sweet banana or vanilla flavored custard, crushed cookies and sliced bananas topped with whipped cream (find our favorite banana pudding recipe here). It’s usually served in a baking dish and pops up mostly in the summer months as a no bake dessert.

I really wanted to make sure the flavor of a classic banana pudding recipe was deep in the cake so I turned this into a Banana Pudding Poke Cake!  That allowed the banana pudding to sink deep into the holes and turn the cake into moist, banana-y heaven.

What is a Poke Cake? And How Do You Make a Banana Pudding Cake?

A poke cake is exactly how it sounds…..a baked cake that you poke holes into after baking. The holes are then filled with a custard, jello or pudding mixture which is poured over the cake while it’s still warm. This allows the flavors to infuse the cake and keeps it moist.

Banana Pudding Cake with bananas on top.

Then, I topped the banana pudding layer with sliced bananas and a healthy mound of homemade whipped cream.  If you want to make this recipe even easier, you can definitely substitute the whipped cream for Cool Whip but since whipped cream takes under a minute to make with just two ingredients I think it’s well worth the investment.

Adding whipped cream to a banana pudding cake with a blue spatula.

Lastly, I sprinkled a boatload of crushed vanilla wafer cookies to give it some crunch. I played with the idea of putting them inside the cake but I like the added texture the cookie crumbles give to the Banana Pudding Cake.

If you have never had banana pudding before this Banana Pudding Cake is a good way to jump right in and join me in my obsession. It’s great to take to picnics and parties in the summer months because you can make it in advance.  If you’re looking to make some other type of banana pudding, take your tastebuds on a vacation with this Pina Colada Banana Pudding!

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Banana Pudding Cake on a blue gingham plate with a copper fork.
5 from 11 votes
Review Recipe

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Author Kellie Hemmerly
A southern classic with a twist, this Banana Pudding Poke Cake will be a dessert staple all summer long!


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • Ingredients called for on cake mix box (water, oil, eggs)
  • 2 3.5 ounce packages Instant Banana Pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Bake the cake in the baking pan according the package directions. 
  • While the cake is cooling, make the pudding. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk until it begins to thicken. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Once the cake has cooled for 10 minutes, poke holes in the top of the cake using the handle end of a wooden spoon. Be sure to poke the holes all the way to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Pour the pudding mixture over the cake and smooth with a spatula to fill the holes. Some pudding will remain on the top of the cake. Transfer the cake to the refrigerator to rest for an hour or overnight.
  • In a large bowl, beat the confectioners sugar, heavy cream and vanilla with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form, approximately 1 -2 minutes.
  • Layer the bananas over the pudding on top of the cake. Spread the whipped cream over the bananas and sprinkle the cookie crumbs over the whipped cream.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • For best results, add the cookie crumb topping to the cake right before serving to ensure they remain crispy.
  • Nutritional information calculated without cake mix ingredients (water, eggs and oil) as these amounts vary depending on the cake mix used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 352, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 390mg, Potassium: 192mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 455IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 160mg, Iron: 0.7mg

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

Keyword banana pudding cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Kellie is the creator of The Suburban Soapbox, a food and lifestyle blog. A busy mom of two and former marketing manager, she created her website as a way to share recipes and household DIY tricks with her corporate coworkers. Kellie is always on a quest to consistently create the fastest, tastiest dinners that every family will love, even the pickiest of eaters. Her recipes are fool-proof and suitable for quick weeknight dinners and easy entertaining.

A lover of travel, wine, butter, chocolate and cheese (in that order), Kellie finds inspiration for her food creations just about everywhere she turns.

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    1. While I haven’t frozen this cake, it does travel well. If you’d like to freeze it, you may want to poke the cake, freeze it and then add the pudding the day of serving.

  1. I wanted to make a dessert (Banana Pudding) that is my Daughter’s Fiancé’s favorite when they visited with us last summer. When I saw your recipe for the Banana Pudding Cake, I knew I had to make it for him. It was such a big hit that he has requested I make it for the Groom’s Cake when they get married this coming March 9th. Thanks Holly for helping me make points with my future Son-in-law! Regards, Mother-in -law to be in NC5 stars