Banana Cream Poke Cake

March 14, 2013

Have you seen this pin on Pinterest? So did I and I got pinspired and bought all the ingredients and then I got lazy... til today. Woke up, the sun was shining and bright (it's was 50F!) and quickly made the cake batter to pop into the oven while I let the dogs out.

I haven't ate too many pies in my lifetime, but aside from apple pie, banana cream always stuck out in my mind. I use to loooove the taste of banana or banana flavored things, which once in awhile I still do, but I rarely eat bananas now. Winter started pretty early here and I am definitely craving for a taste of spring! I'm thankful that today gave me a dose of what spring will be like and top it off with this dessert? OHHH YEEEA.

Isn't Easter at the end of this month too? This would surely make a great dessert to serve! I would even make these into cupcakes and definitely let the pudding set just a little before pouring over the cake. I... Well, I got too impatient and added the cool whip too soon. Not only was it not fully thawed, it created a huge mess just trying to spread it. Also, I could only find one package of banana pudding at my local Safeway. Who knew banana pudding was so in demand right now?! Neither did I.

Banana Cream Poke Cake
Original recipe from the country cook

1 10 oz. box yellow cake mix, follow instructions on the back of package
1 package instant banana pudding
3 cups milk
1 tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
15-20 vanilla wafers, crushed

Prepare the cake according to package directions.
Let it to cool and poke holes all the way through the cake (I used a chopstick since that's all I had).
Whisk banana pudding into milk and let sit for a minute.
Spread over cake and make sure to push pudding into the holes.
Place cake into fridge so pudding can set.
Spread thawed cool whip and top with crushed nilla wafers.

Keep refrigerated.


  1. I love pudding poke cakes! My mom made me the chocolate version from time to time for my birthday & it was delish. This sounds great too, & is a whole lot easier to serve than any banana cream pie I've ever made. Thanks for sharing, Yen! Enjoy your sunny day.

    1. It's been a pretty gloomy week here. I've never had pudding poke cakes before... in my whole entire life. It was interesting. And fun. Just the waiting part was annoying, but I have to say, the cake tastes a whole lot better the next day!

  2. WHAT? Looks yummy! I think I'll have to try this one out!

    1. It tastes better the next day! Definitely give it a go and share! I still have a whole pan of it

  3. Um, drool... Yen, thank you for sharing this recipe, it sounds delicious! I've had the banana pudding recipe on the back of the Nilla Wafers box many-a-times, however, this sounds like a yummier new treat to try!


    1. You're welcome! You can never go wrong with simple desserts :)


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