Banana Pudding Poke Cake

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This Banana Pudding Poke Cake has all the flavors of banana cream pie, just in cake form. With layers of banana cake, pudding, cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers, it’s sure to be a hit!

Banana Pudding Poke cake

Banana Pudding Cake

I have a delicious recipe to share with you today – Banana Pudding Poke Cake!! It combines Banana cream pie and poke cake – two of my favorite desserts, making it one unforgettable dessert!

The secret to a good poke cake is to make holes large enough for the pudding to be able to sink into the cake. I like to use the handle of a plastic spoon. It works perfectly.

Banana Poke Cake

How to make Banana Poke Cake:

This recipe starts with a cake mix, but you add bananas to give it the best flavor. After you’ve poked the holes in the cake, pour on the pudding. Work quickly before the pudding starts to set up. Get as much pudding into the holes as you can, but you will have a layer that sits on top. That’s just fine.

You can use banana or vanilla pudding. I actually prefer vanilla because it’s more like my traditional banana cream pie recipe.

If you know you will be serving the entire cake all at one time, you can just layer on the bananas, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers. But I prefer to cut the cake into slices and top each piece individually. That way I know the bananas won’t brown, and the wafer crumbs will stay crunchy.

Banana Pudding Cake
Every bite of this cake is filled with flavor and texture. Just look at all those fantastic layers!

Banana Poke Pudding Cake

Tips for banana pudding cake:

  • Use ripe bananas with a few spots.
  • Make sure to chill your cake for several hours.
  • Add texture with chopped pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds
  • For clean cut slices: wipe off the knife after each cut.

What can I use instead of Nilla Wafers?

You can use vanilla flavored shortbread cookies or lady fingers instead of Nilla Wafers. You can also try graham crackers or animals crackers.

Can I freeze Banana Pudding Poke Cake?

Yes, but do not add the cookies or whipped cream until you’re ready to serve. Wait until the cake has cooled and the pudding has set. Decide if you want to freeze the whole cake or cut it into pieces. Flash freeze to further set the pudding. After a couple hours in the freezer, remove and wrap the cake with plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil. Label and store for up to 3 months.

How to store leftover poke cake:

Cover and refrigerate leftovers for 3-5 days. Keep in mind the bananas will brown and the wafers will become soft, but it will still all taste delicious.

We hope you enjoy this creamy, delicious banana recipe!!

If you love bananas, check out these other banana recipes:

Banana Pudding Poke Cake Recipe

4.94 from 15 votes

This Banana Pudding Poke Cake has all the flavors of banana cream pie, just in cake form. With layers of banana cake, pudding, cream, bananas, and vanilla wafers, it's sure to be a hit!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 440 kcal
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  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs


  • 1 5.1 ounce box vanilla or banana instant pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

  2. Pour batter into a greased 9x13" cake pan.

  3. Bake cake in a preheated oven at 350Β° for 30-35 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  4. Cool cake completely, then use a round spoon handle to poke holes all over the cake about an inch apart.

  5. Combine pudding mix and milk and whisk for 2 minutes. Quickly pour over the cake. Get as much pudding into the holes as you can. Cover cake and chill for at least 30 minutes.

  6. Place vanilla wafers in a bag and crush with a rolling pin. Set aside.

  7. Whip cream till soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat till well mixed.

  8. To serve, cut cake into slices. Top with sliced bananas, whipped cream, and crushed vanilla wafers. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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  1. The banana pudding poke cake recipe sounds so good. My only problem with with the Lily Luna website is that there is no way I can save it to my computer recipe folder. The only way I can save it is to copy it in handwritten form which takes up too much time and then I may misplace it. I usually save online recipes is by emailing the recipe to myself. Then I move it to my recipe folder. Is there any way you can have an email option for your recipes?
    Please advise.

    1. I do not, but you could subscribe to my e-books. Scroll down to the bottom of the home page & you will see where to put in your information. If you have Pinterest, you could also pin the recipes.

    2. I take screenshots of the recipe and then I save them in a different folder in my gallery. If you’re doing it on a computer just take pictures with your phone or take a screenshot with your Computer.

  2. A friend of mine posted this banana poke cake on FB and it looks yummy, I am going to try it when I have my kids visit in a week. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. “A moist, yummy cake that tastes just like banana pudding! Add some sliced bananas, dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning, layered on top of the whipped topping. Great for potlucks.”

  4. I will make this for New Years Day Desert!!!. But, one question: Can I just use cool whip? They’ll be only the 2 of us eating and, I would want the whipping cream to spoil or go flat?

  5. I wont lie i did not make my own whipped cream BUT the cake turned out so amazing!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!

  6. Cake is in the oven. AFTer cake cools, will apply pudding. (Your recipe seems to call for not cooking the pudding, but i’ll cook mine, then pour OVER.) Will let you know how it turns out..

      1. Oh my banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts, now a cake definitely trying it this weekend!! Thank you for the this delicious looking recipe!!


  8. Sounds delish. Always looking for short cuts to make things easier. After cooling cake..can I slice bananas and cover cake, then top with cool whip,so bananas don’t turn brown. ..then sprinkle with nailla wafer crumbs?? Easier than topping each piece.

  9. Making it now. Your video doesn’t show you adding the water but the recipe calls for it. Did you add water? Or do the bananas add enough wet ingredient? Sorry for all caps. Not trying to shout. Can’t seem to turn it off my ipad.