This is one of our all-time favorite poke cakes—and we’ve made lots. Banana pudding is ridiculously delicious. Ridiculous! The flavors of pudding, bananas, and Nilla Wafers meld into the most insane Southern dessert.
Now we make the dessert even more amazing by turning it into a poke cake. It’s a layer of yellow cake, poked all over with the bottom of a wooden spoon, then topped with vanilla pudding (so it seeps into the holes), a layer of thinly sliced bananas, and a thick fluffy layer of whipped cream, which gets sprinkled all over crushed and whole Nillas and more ‘nanas.
This is the perfect dessert for any get-together because a) people are obsessed with banana pudding b) it takes hardly any time to throw together and c) it’s a show stopper. Get ready to bananas, y’all.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Yields: 10 – 12
Prep Time: 0 hours 20 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 45 mins
- Cooking spray, for pan
- Flour, for pan
- 1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
- 2 boxes vanilla pudding mix
- 3 c. milk
- 2 c. heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 bananas, thinly sliced
- 20 Nilla Wafers, 4 crushed
Make cake: Preheat oven to 350º and grease and flour a 9″-x-13″ cake pan. Prepare yellow cake mix according to box instructions. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare pudding: In a small bowl, whisk together pudding packets and milk until thick.
In another large bowl, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
Using the handle tip of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake. Spread pudding mixture on top and top with a layer of banana slices. Spread whipped cream on top and sprinkle all over with crushed and whole Nilla Wafers and more banana slices.