Banana Toffee Poke Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · May 22, 2014

Banana Toffee Poke Cake recipe. Ripe bananas and brown sugar doctore up a yellow cake mix. Whipped cream and toffee bits adorn the top!

This Banana Toffee Poke Cake is a simple dessert that will impress everyone!  It’s sure to become a family favorite.

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make a poke cake.  For years I assumed poke cakes were only filled with Jello. I admire the red, white and blue swirly Jello cakes, they are so festive and fun, but I just don’t like Jello.  I know, it’s almost un-American to admit that isn’t it?  See, the thing is, we ate a LOT of Jello growing up on the 70’s.  It was novel and sort of hip back then.  I’d race through my meal so I could hurry and grab a bowl of brightly colored, jiggly squares awaiting in the fridge.  It was cool, fruity and dissolved in your mouth like nothing else.

Banana Toffee Poke Cake recipe. Ripe bananas and brown sugar doctore up a yellow cake mix. Whipped cream and toffee bits adorn the top!

I don’t know what made me take notice of poke cakes.  Perhaps it’s simply because I am seeing them more and more. I can certainly see the appeal.  They are incredibly easy to prepare and can be made in a gazillion and one flavors. Why NOT make a poke cake?

The idea for this flavor combination hit me months ago when I was dining out with friends.  Someone ordered a banoffee pie and I’ve been obsessed with that combination ever since!  Bananas and toffee are quite the dynamic duo.  If you like Banana’s Foster, then you will love this poke cake.  I mixed very ripe bananas and a bit of brown sugar into my cake mix.  Then I drizzled caramel ice cream topping into my cake for the moistest cake you’ve ever had!  Then I covered the cake in creamy whipped topping and crunchy toffee bits.  If you are a caramel fanatic, then you’ll want to drizzle a little more caramel over your cake.

Banana Toffee Poke Cake recipe. Ripe bananas and brown sugar doctore up a yellow cake mix. Whipped cream and toffee bits adorn the top!

I was hooked on Jello in the 70’s, today I’m hooked on poke cakes!

Banana Toffee Poke Cake
  • 1 18.25 oz box yellow cake
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup caramel ice cream topping, plus 2 tablespoons for drizzling
  • 1 8 oz container whipped topping
  • ¼ cup toffee bits
  1. In a mixer, combine cake mix and brown sugar. Add mashed bananas. Stir in oil and sour cream until blended. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Stir in vanilla. Pour cake into a greased 9 x 13 in pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a tooth inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cake cool completely.
  2. When cake has cooled, poke holes in the cake using the end of a wooden spoon. Carefully pour caramel over cake; spreading if necessary, making sure caramel fills in the holes. Cover cake with whipped topping. Sprinkle with toffee bits and drizzle with extra caramel.

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Holy YUM, Tanya!! This looks so delicious. I’m also obsessed with poke cake and think this recipe looks phenomenal. Thank you!

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uh, YEAH! looks yummy. gonna try this one.

    Tanya Schroeder

    I hope yo udo Melissa!

Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

Oh mah gahhhhhh Tanya! This cake is amazing!!! I think the only poke cake I’ve ever made is that Pig Pickin’ Cake, but I actually forgot it was a poke cake until I made it again for the blog. So THIS will officially be my first poke cake! Also don’t judge me if I eat the whole thing.
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    Tanya Schroeder

    Thank you Heather! I have to try that Pig Pickin Cake, that name is too fun!

Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

Um, holy YUMMMM!!! I love poke cakes! This sounds amazing! I grew up on Jello, too. Pinning this, can’t wait to try it!
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    Tanya Schroeder

    Thanks Jen! This is the best way to eat Jello if you ask me!

Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats

Wow! This is an awesome recipe! I’m love anything with banana and you make it sound so easy too! This is going on on must make list!!
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Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

Oh my!! This sounds so divine! Yummy!
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Wow love the flavor combo Tanya! I also am hooked on Poke Cakes…something a little more fun and so easy than just a box cake!
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    Tanya Schroeder

    Thanks Julie! I have a feeling this will become a staple in my house! Poke cakes are the best!

Lisa @ Wine & Glue

Looks SO delicious Tanya!! I love me a gooood poke cake 🙂

Andi @ The Weary Chef

I feel the same way about Jell-O, Tanya! Those colorful cakes do look pretty, but this caramel version is way more my style. Yum!
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I was wondering what temperature you baked your cake at. I just made one and, since I couldn’t find a temperature, I went by what was on the cake box – 350 degrees. After 35 minutes the cake was still not done, and I ended up having to bake it another 20 minutes. Thanks! By the way, my whole family loved this cake!

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