Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake

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This Banana Pudding Poke Cake is outrageously amazing. It is a doctored cake mix with banana, brown sugar and buttermilk filled with vanilla pudding and topped with fresh sliced bananas, whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafer cookies.

This Banana Pudding Poke Cake is outrageously amazing. It is a doctored cake mix with banana, brown sugar and buttermilk filled with vanilla pudding and topped with fresh sliced bananas, whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafer cookies.

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If you’re craving banana pudding, look no further. This Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake starts with a doctored cake make using mashed bananas, brown sugar and buttermilk. Then it’s filled with a quick vanilla pudding and topped with bananas, whipped cream and Nilla wafers.

Things have been a little more quiet than usual this week. I am just saving up all my energy for my cookbook release and I’ve got a big weekend coming up. I am flying to Portland, Oregon for a girls weekend. I asked my best friend Lindsay if she wanted to pick a city that we know has good food and just go and explore for the weekend. The last time I was in Portland was for the Indulge Conference last year. I hit up SO many restaurants, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake trumps all previous poke cakes. This banana cake is filled with vanilla pudding and topped with bananas, Cool Whip and Nilla Wafers. It’s like a classic banana pudding on top of a cake!

I’ve been reading up on articles and blog posts about the best places in Portland to visit. So if you’re interested in following along, be sure to follow us on Instagram @beyondfrosting and @lifeloveandsugar and don’t judge us for stuffing our faces for 72 hours. #sorrynotsorry

Before I tell you that how insanely amazing this Banana Pudding Poke Cake is, I wanted to let you know I posted a preview of my cookbook on Facebook, so if you’ve been wondering what it looks like, be sure to check it out!

This Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake is outrageously amazing. It is a doctored cake mix with banana, brown sugar and buttermilk filled with vanilla pudding and topped with fresh sliced bananas, whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafer cookies.

I know this is a dessert I’ll be making time and time again, since I’ve become the most obsessed with banana pudding desserts and I am beginning to think you guys might be too. Every time I share my Banana Cream Pie Cookie Cups on Facebook, they just go crazy. That is also why I decided that the first recipe from my cookbook would be my No-Bake Banana Pudding Cheesecake, which I shared over at Better Homes and Gardens on Monday.

Okay okay, I’ll stop rambling and we can talk about this cake.

If you’re craving banana pudding, look no further. This Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake starts with a doctored cake make using mashed bananas, brown sugar and buttermilk. Then it’s filled with a quick vanilla pudding and topped with bananas, whipped cream and Nilla wafers.

Normally I wouldn’t post two poke cakes in a row, but once I start, sometimes I just cannot stop. Plus every time I share a poke cake with family and friends they freak out because they are so dang good. This banana pudding poke cake is no exception.

There’s plenty of banana poke cakes out there, but I’ve done a bit of twist here. The actual cake is a banana cake made with brown sugar and buttermilk. Even though it starts with a cake mix, you can switch out some of the ingredients to make your cake unique. This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found in my handy Cake Mix Doctor book.

This Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake trumps all previous poke cakes. This banana cake is filled with vanilla pudding and topped with bananas, Cool Whip and Nilla Wafers. It’s like a classic banana pudding on top of a cake!

Then it’s filled with simple vanilla pudding and topped with fresh sliced bananas, Cool Whip (or whipped cream) and plenty of crushed Nilla Wafers on top.

You can definitely use banana pudding for the filling, but I preferred to stick with traditional vanilla pudding so that the banana in the cake and on the toppings really stood out.

Every bite is pure satisfaction. I’ve always loved banana cakes and muffins, so the combination of the banana cake with the pudding and bananas on top is right up my alley and I don’t really want to share.

This Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake is outrageously amazing. It is a doctored cake mix with banana, brown sugar and buttermilk filled with vanilla pudding and topped with fresh sliced bananas, whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafer cookies.

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A Piece of Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Poke Cake Covered in Chocolate Drizzle on a Plate

Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake

  • Author: Julianne Bayer

Description

This is a banana and brown sugar cake filled with vanilla pudding and topped with fresh sliced bananas, whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafer cookies.

Ingredients

  • For the cake:
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium bananas, smashed
  • For the toppings:
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • 2 to 3 medium bananas
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • Nilla wafer cookies for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. For the cake: In a medium-sized bowl, combine cake mix, brown sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs & vanilla extract. Beat on medium – high speed until all ingredients are well blended. Add the smashed bananas and continuing mixing until the bananas are well incorporated. Use a spatula to mix the batter from the bottom of the bowl to the top to ensure it’s well mixed.
  3. Pour the batter into a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and bake at 350°F for 28- to32 minutes until the cake is set. Test the cake by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes.
  4. For the filling: While the cake is still warm, take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mix and the milk and whisk just until the liquid starts to dissolve. Immediately pour the pudding mix over the top of the cake and try to spread it evenly. Put the whole cake in the refrigerator until it is completely cooled.
  6. Prior to serving, slice the bananas and lay across the top of the cake and cover Cool Whip.
  7. Take a few Nilla Wafers and crush them in your hands to sprinkle over the top.
  8. Keep this cake refrigerated.

Notes

Cake is adapted from the Cake Mix Doctor

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4 Responses
  1. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    I cannot wait to hear about your Portland trip my sisters and I are debating where to go for a couple days in October. This banana pudding cake looks awesome, my sisters would be all over this! And I love a good cold cake esp in this california heat!

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