Banana Pudding Poke Cake – It Should Be A Crime For A Dessert To Taste This GREAT!

My husband gave me the puppy dog look when he saw me walking out the door with the cake rather than cutting it up and serving it to him. I told him not to worry, I would make another one soon. I just so happened to buy enough ingredients to make another one that very night. So, he got a special treat to enjoy after dinner. He was so happy and he couldn’t stop licking his lips. He really likes bananas, so this is the perfect dessert for him.

Wherever I take this, the pan is practically licked clean before I leave!



2 c Nilla wafer crumbs
3/4 c Land O’ Lakes melted butter
1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to make the cake
2 small box Jello instant vanilla or banana pudding
3 c milk
3 medium bananas, thinly sliced
2 c heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp sugar or more to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp banana extract (only if vanilla pudding is used)
12 mini nilla wafers, and 15 crushed


Combine Nilla wafer crumbs and melted butter thoroughly.
Press into 13×9 buttered baking dish.
Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until edges begin turning a golden brown. Cool
Prepare cake mix according to directions.
Pour cake batter into baking dish; over crust. Spread evenly.
Bake in preheated oven at 350° for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool.
Meanwhile prepare pudding by whisking together milk and the two boxes of pudding mix. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until stuff peaks form (add banana extract for more banana flavor if vanilla pudding is used.)
Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cake. Spread pudding over the top of the cake.
Top with a layer of sliced bananas. (I dip my banana slices in pineapple juice to slow down or prevent bananas turning brown- this is optional)
Spread frosting on top of bananas; if you want to pipe frosting on for a decorative look, reserve 1/2 cup of frosting.
Crush 4 regular or 12 Mini Nilla wafers. Sprinkle on top of frosting.
Decorate with piped frosting you reserved and the additional Nilla wafers. If you have more bananas on hand, you could add additional sliced bananas as an added touch to the top.
Keep refrigerated.


Quick Tip: Toss a few sliced strawberries on top for a new flavor and a pop of color.

Thank you Hungry Little Girl for this great photo.