Banana Pudding Poke Cake
with recipe video
All the flavors you love in banana pudding come together in this Banana Pudding Poke Cake. Trust me on this, this banana poke cake tastes every bit as good as it looks — it’s hard to go wrong with a nilla wafer banana pudding cake!
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I have a confession to make, I love anything with bananas in it! Banana pudding is no exception, and let me tell you, Banana Pudding Poke Cake…….WOW!
This is a convenience kind of dessert (aren’t most poke cakes?). Jazz up a box cake mix with some bananas, instant pudding and frozen whipped topping (COOL-Whip) and BAM! Awesome cake!
But if you are against semi-homemade desserts, you could certainly use your favorite yellow cake recipe, banana pudding recipe and make homemade whipped cream. I can only imagine how incredible THAT Banana Pudding Poke Cake would be!!
What Is a Poke Cake
If you’ve never heard of a poke cake, you don’t know what you are missing! They have been around since the 1970’s thanks to the clever idea of Jell-O brand for an easy hip colorful dessert using a cake mix, Jell-O and Cool Whip.
A poke cake is simply a freshly baked cake (from scratch or a box mix) poked full of holes (hence the name) with something sweet, creamy, or syrupy is poured over the cake to fill up the holes and infuse flavor and color to the cake.
Orange Dreamsicle Jello Cake was my go-to dessert when we were first married. 😉
Traditionally, poke cakes are topped with whipped topping instead of cake frosting, so they’re usually refrigerated until serving. Making them the perfect warm weather dessert.
Perfect for the busy housewife, poke cakes became a potluck and pool party staple.
This no-fuss kind of dessert is baked, prepared, and served directly from a 9×13 pan!
Today’s poke cakes have moved beyond the simple white and Jell-O gelatin. Red velvet, chocolate, banana, and lemon cakes are being poked and filled with everything from sweetened condensed milk, pudding or mousse to pastry cream, pureed fruit, and other delectable toppings. The flavor possibilities are endless.
Literally, the easiest way to take an ordinary cake to a whole other level.
How to make Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Banana Pudding Poke cake is best made ahead of time, but leave the toppings until you’re ready to serve, so the bananas look nice and the vanilla wafers are crunchy.
I bake the cake, then let it cool for about 5 minutes, while I mix up the instant pudding; poke the cake, spread the pudding over the top, cover and refrigerate at least an hour (but a few hours or overnight is fine and even better).
When I’m ready to serve, I top each piece with banana slices, whipped topping, and 1-2 crushed vanilla wafers – grab a fork and dig in!
If you’re serving a crowd and anticipate most or all of the cake will be eaten, go ahead and top the whole cake – but just know, if you have leftovers, the bananas will get brown and the cookies will get soggy.
We love poke cake. It really is an easy and delicious dessert that can be as extravagant or simple as you want. Either way, they are a perfect dessert to bring to a party!
They can be made a day in advance and can serve a crowd—– if you’re willing to share 😉 I’m always expected to bring desserts to any party I attend. Poke cakes go a long way with my family and friends.
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MORE POKE CAKE RECIPES YOU MIGHT ENJOY
- Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe at Life Love and Sugar
- Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe at Chef in Training
- Hot Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe at Chocolate Chocolate and More
- Caramel Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe at Spend With Pennies
- Coconut and Lemon Poke Cake Recipe at Taste and Tell
Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite poke cake!
It's best to place toppings on pieces being served, not the whole cake (unless you're serving the whole cake). As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
It's best to place toppings on pieces being served, not the whole cake (unless you're serving the whole cake).
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.