Friday, March 22, 2013

Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Poke cakes are all the rage right now. Every time I log into Facebook, I see someone else posting a recipe for a new flavor. The beauty of the poke cake is that you can use just about any combinations to make some amazing tasting cakes. My famous banana pudding has always been a huge hit at family get together's and parties with friends so when I saw the chance to take my banana pudding to the next level and make it into a cake, I was all in! The awesome thing about this cake is that the longer it sits, the better it is so feel free to make it a day ahead. Also,don't throw the leftovers out if you are lucky enough to have any because this cake just keeps getting better. I think it was better on day 2 than when we first made it. If you like this one, check out our easy Strawberry Poke Cake recipe too! It tastes just like Strawberry Shortcake. Yum!


1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients to make the cake
2 boxes of banana or vanilla pudding mix (3.5 ounces)
4 Cups Milk
1 container whipped topping
20 crushed vanilla wafers
1 Banana (Optional)

First, bake the cake as directed on the box. After you get your cake out of the oven, allow it to cool for approximately 5 minutes. This is when it becomes fun to let the kids help. Find something in your kitchen to use to poke the holes all over the cake. You can use just about anything that will poke a hole including the end of a utensil. Don't worry about it being ugly. It's going to get covered anyway. Make sure the holes are big enough so that the pudding can go down into them and poke all the way to the bottom of the pan. 

After your holes are poked all over the cake, prepare the pudding. Wisk both boxes of pudding together with 4 cups of milk, stirring until all the lumps are gone. To be honest, I prefer this pudding with vanilla pudding but it makes sense to make with banana pudding. I am just not a huge fan of banana flavored pudding. Slowly pour the pudding over the top of the cake, making sure the pudding is going down into the holes. I actually gave the kids spoons and let them fill the holes first before we poured the rest of the pudding on the cake just to make sure the holes got filled. 

Stick the cake in the fridge to cool, or approximately 1 hour. After the cake has fully cooled, get it out of the fridge and add the whipped topping. Right before you are ready to serve, you can add a sliced banana to the top of the cake and then cover with your crushed vanilla wafers. 

What you get is a delicious cake that your guests won't soon forget, I promise! 

I have really been thinking about this cake a lot. I think the next time I make it, I will cover it with strawberries instead of bananas and cover with graham crackers over the top. There are so many different things you can do with a poke cake, just depending on what items you have on hand. I think this would be awesome with strawberries and blueberries for the 4th of July!  It would make a great flag cake. 

Let me know if you make this and tell me how it turns out! I would love to hear what you think!!!


  1. This is in my fridge as we speak. Have just added the pudding and letting it chill. I am concerned because I made it in a glass dish to be more presentable, and monitor the cooking. I took it out and it appeared to be done, then when I poked holes in it, the cake started sticking to the tool. It felt super soft, but not hope it was done enough. Figuring the pudding will make it soft anyway. Also, wondering if the pudding will seep into the holes on it's own as it cools. I layered it all over but didn't push too much to make sure, kinda assumed it might do it on it's own. We shall see!

  2. The pudding really moistens the cake so I bet you don't even notice! If you pour the pudding before it thickens too much, it should go down into the holes fairly easily. Let me know how it turns out!!

  3. it really does look easy to make!

  4. could you use a box of vanilla and a box of banana pudding? I am making for a cook out this weekend!


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