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Banana Pudding Poke Cake scooped fully from the pan
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5 from 3 votes

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

A light fluffy cake that tastes like banana pudding!  So delicious and creamy!  Easy to fix for a crowd too!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana pudding poke cake, banana pudding cake
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes
Cost: 10


  • 9x13 baking pan
  • mixing bowl
  • spoon
  • spatula
  • knife
  • refrigerator


  • 1 Yellow cake mix cake made by the package instructions
  • 2 boxes of INSTANT vanilla pudding - made by the package instructions
  • 3 ripe bananas cut into disks
  • 1 12 oz tub of whipped cream type topping thawed to room temp
  • 10 vanilla wafer cookies smashed into crumbles


  • Make the cake according to package instructions in a 9x12 baking dish.
  • Make the two boxes of pudding according to package instructions.
  • Cut the 3 bananas into disks.
  • Poke holes into the cake at regular intervals (see the process photos) and then pour the pudding onto the cake. Using a spatula, spread the pudding out over the cake and push as much of the pudding into the holes as possible.
  • Place the banana disks onto the pudding.
  • Cover the banana disks with the whipped cream topping and spread it out.
  • Sprinkle the vanilla wafer crumbs over the top.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.



  • Allow the cake to cool a little before poking holes.
  • This serves the same number of people regardless of it being a layer or sheet cake, but is probably slightly easier to serve to a crowd as a sheet cake. 
  • Cook the cake slightly under done - so if the cakes calls to be cooked for 22 minutes - cook it for 20. This allows you to poke the holes without messing up the cake too much. 
  • Poke a lot of holes in the cake.
  • Pour the pudding as soon as you make it - when it is still a tiny bit thin.
  • Use RIPE bananas for the most flavor - the greenish ones cut better but the riper ones have more banana flavor.  
  • Use as many vanilla wafers as you want for the topping - you are the king in your kitchen!
  • Change up the topping with chopped pecans or walnuts. 
  • PRO TIP:  Dip the banana slices in a mix of 2 Tbs of lemon juice and 1 Tbs of water to keep them from browning too quickly. 
  • PRO TIP:  Feel free to use something besides vanilla wafers on the top.  Maybe try crushed pistachios, pecans or walnuts! 


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg