Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Banana Pudding Poke Cake


If you follow this blog at all, you'll know all about my adoration for poke cakes.

So far I've got:

As you can see, I love me some poke cakes.  And now I'm adding another to the list.  The inspiration for this next poke cake actually started out at work.  I was talking to my good buddy Amanda. We were discussing our fellow co-worker's, Heather, love of Banana Pudding. Seriously, Heather could win the award for biggest fan of Banana Pudding...if there was such a thing.  Anyhow, I was telling Amanda about my idea for another poke cake (since she absolutely loves poke cakes too).  Now Amanda does not like bananas - at all. She likes the flavor of bananas but not the texture.  So the idea of the banana pudding poke cake was born. All the banana pudding flavors you love - in cake form.  

This is made without slices of bananas, however, you could certainly add those on there if you like.   My husband and I decided we would just add some freshly sliced bananas right on top of our individual pieces of cake which turned out to be a delicious idea.   If I had put them on the cake while I was making it, they would have turned brown within a day. It also makes the cake really pretty if you serve the individual slices with a bit of sliced banana and a Nilla Wafer on the side. 
Ingredients:
1  box yellow cake mix
ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil & water)
2 (3.4 oz.) packages instant banana pudding
4 cups milk
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
20 vanilla wafers, crushed
 Directions:
Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9x13 cake.
Once cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just a couple of minutes.
Then, with a wooden spoon handle or some other similarly-sized object, begin poking 
holes in the cake.
 You want the holes to be fairly big so that the pudding has plenty of room to get down  in there. Be sure to poke right down to the bottom of the cake.
 In a bowl,whisk together instant pudding with 4 cups milk.
Stir until all the lumps are gone. 
Let pudding sit for just about 2 minutes so it has just slightly begun to thicken but not fully set, it should still be easily pourable. 
 Pour pudding over cake. Taking care to get it into the holes as much as possible.
 Spread it all out and using the back of the spoon gently push pudding down into the holes.

 Put the pudding into the fridge to set and cool.
Once your cake has completely cooled, spread on whipped topping.
 If you haven't done so already, crush your vanilla wafers.
I just place mine in a ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
Leave some of the pieces big. It's nice to have a bit of a crunch when you eat the cake.
 Spread crushed wafers onto the top of the cake. 
You can do this part immediately before serving the cake if you like. 
This will ensure the wafers are crunchy when you serve it. 
I think this cake gets more delicious over time.
To me, it's even better the next day so it's a great dessert to make ahead of time.
Serve with freshly sliced bananas. Keep refrigerated.
Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here



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Peggy Lee said...

Turn your pc volume down if my belly grumbles disturb you!
I know I don't comment much anymore but I read all your posts. I MUST try this one. Do you think I could put a layer of sliced bananas between layers of cake better? Or...maybe I could add a couple mushed up nanners in the cake batter before baking??? Just thinking again.

I made banana pudding for my husband the other day and he said it was too sweet. He thought maybe the cream cheese in the recipe was too much. Now I'm on the hunt for a different recipe.......

The Country Cook said...

Peggy Lee! Love hearin from ya girl! You know I have a Nanner Pudding recipe on here right? You should take a gander at it. It's an older recipe and the picture isn't too great on it but it's a recipe I love.
You could absolutely add bananas in here. The only reason I didn't is because, around here, it could take us 2-3 days to eat a whole cake. So I didn't want the bananas to brown. So when I cut up our slices, I just sliced some bananas right on top of each piece. But you could put bananas right on top of the pudding layer after the pudding cools. Then put your cool whip on top of that!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Oh, dear. I can usually resist these kinds of desserts but you've hit upon the flavors that most remind me of childhood and now I see a poke cake in my future. Sigh... :)

Steph@PlainChicken.com said...

I love all your poke cake recipes! I can not wait to try this one!!!!

Awkward Kitchenette said...

Yum! Looks so delicious, and simple too! Great summer cake!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a fabulous recipe, this looks amazing! :)

Peggy Lee said...

Thanks Brandi! I found the nanner puddin' recipe and I'm still holding my sides because of "whatever cranks your tractor"!!

I'm gonna use that one for sure!

;o)

wayside wanderer said...

Oh heavens to betsy. Goodbye diet. This looks DELISH!!!!

bettybfromVa said...

Hi Brandi, I am going to do this for my husband's birthday next week. One question, this has to be refrigerated, right???? Just wanted to know so I can make room in the refrig! Thanks, I love all of your recipes and have tried many! All were good :-)!!!

The Country Cook said...

Hey Betty! Thank you SO much for your sweet comment. And that was a good question so I'll be sure to update the post. Yes, please keep this refrigerated. :)

Christy Davis said...

Oh my this look so good!! Love banana pudding, and I know I would love this dish! Seems quick and easy :)

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Debra Kapellakis said...

That looks VERY good.

Anonymous said...

This cake sounds great! I, too, love to make poke cakes and poke cupcakes. I use a plastic squeeze bottle to fill the holes. It saturates the cakes better!

Carolina HeartStrings said...

Oh Holy Cow this is the perfect dessert. I am making this tomorrow. Come and visit us on Friday. We are having a great giveaway. Flip flops that you will love.

Reecea Henderson said...

My hubby LOVES 'nana puddin'. I can't wait to make this for him.

Joe Byer said...

I'm thinking that around the holidays, use Devil's Food cake, white chocolate pudding, peppermint icing and crushed grasshoppers or thin mints... mmmmmm... drools...

Or lemon cake with pistachio pudding and almond biscotti...

or, or, or... omg, my brain can't take it! So many possibilities!

Brandi said...

Great recipe! This looks so good!

Sandie@afoodieaffair.com said...

Wow! This looks delicious!

Geri Saucier said...

A wonderful recipe. So easy and quick and delicious. Thanks for the great post:)

The Better Baker said...

Another fabulous creation from your kitchen that makes our mouths water! Congrats on being featured in Top 9 at Foodbuzz! Your accolades just keep rolling in! You deserve every one of them too. I'd weigh a ton if I lived close to you. =)

Peggy G. said...

This pudding cake looks amazing! I just love anything banana-flavored!

Colette Zabo said...

This would be the perfect cake for a kid's bday! Thanks!

CJ - Food Stories said...

Congratulations on your foodbuzz top 9, today!

Mary Osorio said...

As if you would be surprised but.... We are making this for dessert tonight:))

Anonymous said...

I have a recipe for a banana nut cake made from a yellow cake mix. I am going to try this recipe with the banana nut cake for the 4th of July.

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it. I'm going to visit my son and his family and definitely plan on making there. Thanks

Anonymous said...

My husband loves banana pudding but doesn't love the bananas in there so this is perfect. My parents make a cake simular to this and use a straw to poke the holes! Thanks again and I'm in the process of making this cake now!

Jennise said...

I am making now it looks awesome!!

Beth said...

I wonder what a meringue topping would be like? Have you tried it with a meringue?

curlyhairslacker said...

I just put mine in the fridge to cool! It didn't look as pretty as yours after I poked the holes in it, but I can't wait to take it to our potluck at work tomorrow!

Kim said...

I know of another poke cake... it's the only dessert I know how to make! Ha! German chocolate cake filled with one can of evaporated milk and carmel sauce/topping... then you mix the thawed cool whip with a cup of carmel topping before topping off with heath bits. It's YUMMY!

I'm super excited for your cake poke recipes... they are EASY and will knock people's socks off!

Stealing from my recipe above, I wonder if it would taste good to mix the thawed cool whip with a cup of chocolate topping before spreading on this banana pudding poke cake? Banana is great but chocolate banana... um, yeah! :)

Kim and Julie (Sunflower Supper Club) said...

You are the poke cake queen! Another delicious recipe Brandie!
~Kim

Mitch said...

I usually bring a supermarket cake to my monthly book club meetings. I've done this so often, the other members make fun of me about it. I made the banana poke cake for my book club meeting last night. HUGE success! Everyone LOVED it! The host wouldn't let me take the leftovers home. He wanted his visiting in-laws to try it! I'm going to try other flavors next time. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Made this over the weekend. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda Parker said...

I can't find instant banana pudding mix at the two stores I went to. I have the banana cream mix, will that work or will it be too big of a taste difference?

The Country Cook said...

Banana Cream will work great!~ :)

Amanda Parker said...

Awesome! Can't wait to have it on the 4th!! Thank you.

Angie said...

Do you think it would still be good if I made this two days before serving? My fil woul love it but not sure I have time the day before be go.

The Country Cook said...

Angie, that should be fine I would think. Just make sure to keep it refrigerated.

thesmileys said...

Silly question - did you use a 9X9 or a 9X13 baking dish? The dish in the pictures look much more square then rectangle.

I LOVE your blog! I've challenged myself to cook something new for dinner every night this week (hubby and I are tired of the same old recipes). After finding your blog it is going to be so incredibly easy!!

Thank you for all you do to get us these wonderful recipes! :)

Andrea said...

Just finished pouring the pudding on, now in the fridge to cool. Looks so good! I used sugar free pudding with regular cake mix because my husband and his brother are diabetic. Every little bit helps! I hope it's just as good! YUM YUM Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I think you could use the bananas instead of the oil in the cake mix. I just finished the cake for our 4 th party and don't know how it's going to taste, but I used sugar free pudding and light coolwhip so I don't think it's too bad calorie wise. The homemade ice cream I'm making to serve with it is a different story . Lol

Anonymous said...

Just made this..AWESOME!!!!!

Made to specific recipe and it is fantastic. Can't wait to make e Boston cream and cookie ones.

thanks for the great blog and great recipes.

Anonymous said...

can this be frozen?

Ashley said...

Thank you so much for this receipe!! I am doing making for a cookout this Saturday but I'm using a lemon cake and lemon pudding. I hope it turns out like a lemon icebox cake. *fingers crossed*

Alma said...

Omg!!! This looks so Awsome just went to the store and got the stuff to make it my family is going to LOVE it... thanks so much :)

Nonny said...

This looks wonderful and I plan to try it this weekend. However, do you think there could be a strawberry version that would be like strawberry shortcake?

Anonymous said...

I think the strawberry sounds good. Maybe you can use strawberry glaze in place of pudding?

Anonymous said...

I made this cake for the 4th, and was so easy and yummy. It was a big hit with my husband who is usually politely noncommittal about new recipes. He loved it. We talked about making a lemon cake in a similar way, but lo and behold, up pops your recipe for one. Love your recipes. Thank you! Marie in Oklahoma

The Country Cook said...

Love reading all these comments! And I'm so happy to hear of the successes!
To answer the question if it can be frozen - I honestly have never tried it so I can't really say for sure how it would taste as it defrosted. I just am not sure how tasty that would be really. If anyone gives it a try - let me know please. :)

Danielle Balanag said...

I made this tonight like everyone else! I put the nilla wafers on the side, however I put sliced strawberries on top and bananas on the side! It was awesome. I'm not much of a sweets eater but this fit the bill. Thanks for the awesome idea and thanks for sharing. Im somewhat greedy. I can make some great things but never share.

Diane said...

I grew up on these and we used to call them poke n pour cakes !
Don't really remember making it in banana flavor though so off to make this flavor now :))
Thanks for sharing I too will pass this flavor on!

Lady Old Soul said...

Had to make this sugar-free for the hubby, so the banana-flavored pudding was unavailable in that option. What I decided to do was to buy the vanilla sugar-free pudding, and then add the bananas to the cake mix instead of the eggs. (Because I forgot to buy the eggs, dontcha know. LOL) And it was fantastic!! So if there are any of you out there who have to roll sugar-free, you can use the sugar-free cake mix with 2 medium bananas in place of the eggs, and sugar-free vanilla pudding for a delicious dessert!! ;)

Diane said...

I found sugar free banana and banana cream pudding at Walmart:))
Just wanted to pass that on !

Kristel T.M. said...

This is a wonderful recipe. I made if for a birthday party and it was a winner! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I'm making this Sunday for my brothers birthday dinner! Hope to knock the socks off everyone in the family!
Especially because I am breaking family strawberry cake tradition for this recipe! :)

teach1 said...

Thanks for the recipe. Trying it tonight for a small dinner party.

Joni Armstrong said...

Thank you for sharing your recipes. I made two last night. This banana cream poke cake and the raviolis. My husband and i loved them both!!! I can't wait for my daycare kids to have the rest of the cake tomorrow for snack... This will guarantee that I don't eat it all myself. *grin*

Keep the great ideas coming!!

Lisa S. said...

Made this yesterday and Oh Boy! Couldn't be easier to make and it was a definite hit! And yes, it is better the next day. I doubt seriously it will last until day three, but one can hope!
I'm going to try the Boston Cream Poke cake next. My nephew in law loves Boston Cream Pies and this should be just up his alley!
Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful recipes with us! You're the best!

bje said...

all i can say is wow, once a month we have a family sunday,
( only way to see everyone, all so busy)I made the banana poke cake,used sf on everything i could(no one could tell,a couple of them say they can always taste the diff.)after a big meal not to many want dessert,so i always have cakes left, but not this time. after a couple tried then saying how good it was, then others had to try.I didn't get but a little bite,ooohh so good.gonna make the coconut one next month..think i need to make 2 huh?

Anonymous said...

This recipe is amazing! So simple and delicious...I brought it to a house party and it was a huge hit! I will definitely be making it again and can't wait to try the other variations of this!

Kellell said...

Oh my goodness! Had a house full of young people today and made this cake. It received 12 out of 14 thumbs up! Now, I just have to figure out how to make it less fattening! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

Savory Sweet said...

Brandie ~ I have never seen a Poke Cake before coming across your chocolate Oreo Poke cake on Pinterest. I decided to use Rainbow Chip cake mix (since I had it in the cupboard) and banana cream pudding! Then I found this recipe and I'm going to add the Cool Whip and crumbled Nilla Wafers. I'm bringing it to my new mother-in-law's house for a family picnic she is having.

It looks great and I'm sure it tastes even better!! Thanks!!

Can't wait for more recipes!

Mommy Burkholder said...

I just made this last night for my son's 1st birthday and it was a huge hit! I featured it today on my blog about my Pinterest discoveries. Thanks for introducing me to the concept of poke cakes!

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Natalie Gonzalez said...

I make all these poke hole cakes now for bbq events pot lucks you name it they are always a hit! Thanks a whole bunch!

Faye said...

Just made this for my sons 22nd Birthday today!I have not tried it but he loves banana pudding so i am sure he will love it!

Mother Hen said...

I made this last week and it was AMAZING!!! This morning I made a variation using strawberry cake,cheesecake flavored pudding and graham crackers. Its cooling in the fridge and I can WAIT!!! Thanks for a fast, easy, affordable go to dessert!!!

Tina said...

Made this yesterday for my DH since we absolutely LOVE Banana Puddin, we're in the south who doesn't?!?! LOL The only variation was I added some vanilla extract to the pudding itself & sliced banana's ontop of the pudding. You are right the crunch def adds to it. This was SOOOOOOOOO delicious all the guys in the house ate it up in less than 24hours. I was told this is def a must-do REPEAT!! Thank you soo much for making the guys in our house happy!! :D

Andmor said...

I have my cake in the oven baking. I cant wait i'm taking it to work tomorrow hope they love it. When i mix my pudding im gonna sub some of the milk for a can of eagle brand. Hope its not over kill but anything with eagle brand is awesome, right?

Sara said...

Made this cake for my boyfriends birthday! Him and his family loved it! Great recipe. Thanks!!

HungryLittleGirl said...

This sounds so delicious. I'll try it right tomorrow morning. It's going to be my first poke cake since we don't really have them in Germany. I'll let you know how it worked out for me ;)

Anonymous said...

Can I use French vanilla jello pudding?

The Country Cook said...

You could use French Vanilla but you'll lose that Banana flavor that makes this a banana pudding poke cake. Unless, maybe you were going to add sliced bananas on it??

Dori said...

I featured you on my blog tonight. Hope you enjoy it and get lots of traffic from it. Wonderful recipe and pictures. www.richestoragsbydori.blogspot.com/2012/08/banana-pudding-poke-cake.html

Anonymous said...

Just made this today. My husband and I love it. The part I hated most about my regular recipe was that the bananas and wafers getting soggy. This is perfect especially when their added as needed. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Made this today,first time ever making a poke cake and it was so amazing! Think I may have to make another tomorrow. I ended up using 1 box banana and the other coconut puddings,my mistake when buying them. Also I added sliced bananas over the pudding then the cool whip,then sprinkled the top with the crushed vanilla wafers AND toasted some coconut. OMG!!! Everyone loved it! Thank you for sharing the recipes :)

Tammy E. said...

I found this recipe on Pinterest (where else - LOL) and decided to try it. I made it last week and took it to work for a birthday. It was a big hit. So easy, and so yummy. Thanks for the idea. Now to see what other "poke" cakes I can dream up!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! This cake is sooooo YUMMY!!!! I need to poke my hole bigger next but other than that it was GREAT!!!!! Thanks :)

Penny said...

I made this for a family dinner today and it was fabulous. My daughter loved it because her favorite part of banana pudding is the Nilla wafers so I put a layer of the minis between the pudding and Cool Whip. Can't wait to try the Red Velvet poke cake! Thanks for sharing.

Shelly said...

I help the ladies at my church make quilts. We always take a break and have some sort of snack. We take turns bringing in baked goods. So I am always on the lookout for easy and delicious recipes! This one is super yummy! I can't wait to try different flavored cake mixes and puddings too! Thanks soo much!

Anonymous said...

I made this cake to celebrate someone's birthday at work. I had every intention of posting a pic of it however by the time I got my camera they had already torn into it. Needless to say the cake had a life span of about 45 minutes as folks went back for multiples. I'm definitely making this again.

Autum said...

Made this for a party and it was freaking amazing! It's the best cake I ever had! Everyone at the party loved it too. I added sliced bananas on top. Amazing! Thanks for a new favorite recipe!

Anonymous said...

Just made this for a party it is so good!

Anonymous said...

So I am needing to make this cake for a family event and I was wondering if anyone had tried making in two days in advance. Does it still taste good on day two?

roachc420 said...

I made this last night for this weekend because the kids are out of school. I left the crushed vanilla wafer layer off because we were worried about them holding up in the fridge. I served it tonight with some sliced banana and a few vanilla wafers on the side and the boys loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

Kaylah Mitchell said...

I got everything to make this recipe, but I thought it called for (1) package of pudding mix... I made this for the first time with 1 package of pudding instead of 2, and it worked great! Since I didn't have tons of pudding to spare, I poured it gently into all my holes I poked in the cake. Had enough to fill all the holes, and a nice thin layer on top! So if you can only use one package, it works just the same! I loved it, it wasn't too pudding! I thought this ratio worked very well. Plus, I added bananas on top after it cooled, a layer of whip cream, and then the nilla wafers.. I think if I had 2 packages of pudding, I wouldn't have been able to close the lid on the container lol! Thanks for the great recipe, I will be making it again!

Anonymous said...

I bet that was yummy!

Anonymous said...

l make this with cherry chip cake mix..poke holes...make cherry jello with half the water...chill intil just starting to thicken and pour into holes...1 package vanilla pudding and 1 package dream whip made according to package direction in the same bowl...spread over top and chill..refreshing in the summer

Maranda Doughty said...

There is a strawberry version, my moms been making it for years, also a pineapple one to. Same as above but u pour the frozen strawberries in the holes, the ones that come in the carton, then add the pudding, then the whip cream, for the pineapple one get crushed pineapple in juice pour in holes and then add ur pudding and cool whip. It's awesome! I'm goin to try this one to:).happy eating!

gluten free foods said...

The large bowl of yellow bananas sits tauntingly on the kitchen bench, teasing and tempting all that pass it by, but they know these bananas aren’t for eating.

Amanda Clement Tampa Fl. said...

Absolutely the BEST cake EVER !!!!!My family LOVED it ... i made one yesterday and was sent back to the store today to grab the ingredients to make another one !!!! thank you soooo much <3

Gina N. said...

I recently made this since my husband loves banana creme pie. He was nice enough to buy the ingredients for me and he bought banana creme pudding instead of just banana. We thought we had a disaster on our hands because the pudding didn't seem to "sink" into the cake like it should. Plus we also let the pudding set too long. But, it was still very tasty, and even better the next day like you said! And my husband thinks he's spoiled. :)

Thanks for the recipe! I've tried a few from your site and it's always delicious. :)

Anonymous said...

My son loves banana pudding but can't eat raw bananas. I made the cake and put some mashed ripe bananas into the cake mix (along with the oil) and we got a nice banana flavor in the cake. We are thrilled with the results. Thanks for all your great recipes.

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Just finished a slice and will be making this again soon!

Glo... said...

OMG This cake looks amazing! Thanksgiving is next week and I have been looking for something to serve for dessert instead of the traditional apple and pumpkin pies that everyone eats but gets tired of. I think this will be a BIG HIT! I can't wait to make it! And eat it! LOL

Donna Giles said...

Thanks for this recipe!!! I love banana pudding but only the day it is made...don't like how the bananas turn black...LOL

This will be great (and easy)and like you I love "Poke Cakes".

Thanks Again :)
Donna

Sam Bobbitt said...

I wish I had seen this one before the red velvet poke cake- I am making it for Thanksgiving but I would have enjoyed the banana pudding one more. Thanks for the ideas and keep them coming!

Diana said...

I'm making this tonight for Thanksgiving everyone is so excited about it!

mamita927 said...

I made this today for Thanksgiving. And all i have to say is that i'm so glad i found this on pinterest because it was DEE-LISH-OUS!!!! A++++ lol

Anonymous said...

I made this cake for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit. Everyone loved it. The only problem was they ate it all and now I have to make another. It was very good and I will make it again many times. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Wendi Sims said...

I made this for the first time at Thanksgiving.Let me just say it was so good I almost slapped my momma..(hehe) My husband called today from work and asked if I would make it for his job tomorrow..It is baking as I type. His favorite cake is the pineapple delight that I make which is almost just like a poke cake but this is closing in almost as a tie. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours.




Tanisha said...

Like the two comments before mine, I made this for my family Thanksgiving feast. Needless to say, it didnt not last long and was eaten up before all the chocolate desserts. Between the layer of pudding and whipped topping, I put a layer of bananas. Other than that, I followed the recipe as written and it was magically delicious!! Thanks for posting.

Kari Shifflett said...

Oh me, oh my...this is quite the cake!! My father would go gaga over this as would everyone else. Thank you for ANOTHER awesome recipe Brandie!!

SuziSomething said...

Im just starting to explore my culinary talent...lol. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! My cake is baking right now! :)

Danielle said...

This recipe looks awesome! To pour my pudding over the cake, I put about half of the made pudding into a sandwich bag, then cut a small hole into the corner and directly poured it into the holes I had put in my cake, then poured the rest from my bowl over the cake. I found this to be helpful at least :) My cake is currently cooling and am very excited to see how it turns out! :)

Cocktail Lady said...

This looks and sounds amazing! I love banana whether it's in a pie, cake or cocktail! I will defiantly be making this one soon. Thanks for the recipe =)

Betty819 said...

I am having a difficult time finding Instant banana pudding..Jello makes a banana cream pudding, is that the same or can it be used in this recipe? Looks like the brand in your photo is unfamiliar to me..do you recall what store that comes from?
We have Giant,Safeway, Shopper's Food warehouse, Harris Teeter near by.

Sue said...

I have made this cake three times and it gets rave reviews. I like it because it has no bsananas in it, which always turn dark. It is a keeper.

Veronica Miller said...

Coming over from The Better Baker's blog--oh my gosh this is probably my favorite poke cake idea ever! I'm obsessed with banana pudding too and I'm a real cake nut so putting them together is just really my cup of tea. I gotta try this!

Anonymous said...

Can you make this the night before you need it and just add the pudding on it and then adding the rest of the recipe the day you need it?

Betsy Barnes said...

I made this today and it was AMAZING! My hubby & son really loved it! Thank you :)

The Country Cook said...

Yay! Woo Hoo! So happy this was a hit for you. I really appreciate y'all taking the time to let me know how a recipe turned out for you!
Anonymous - you really need to to put the pudding into a warm cake. But I will tell you, you could make this whole thing up and pop it in the fridge the day before you need it. You aren't putting sliced bananas on it so they won't brown and honestly, I think this almost tastes better the day after you make it. I would just wait til the last minute to add the crushed Nilla Wafers on top. Hope that helps! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

Hi Brandi... I found your recipt on Pinterest and I made this cake and I wanted to share with you... I made two round cakes (one for BUNCO and one for the family). I put crushed wafers in the bottom of the cake pans, then baked the cake, poked holes and poured on the pudding. About and hour before serving, I sliced banana on top of the cake, then covered with whipped topping, then the crushed wafers again. It was AWESOME!! The BUNCO girls ate it beofre the hostess served dinner! I served the other cake to the family on Saturday night... I have had 5 requests for the recipe! I gave them the link to your website! Thanks for sharing! Toni

Anonymous said...

Great Recipe, I forgot to add eggs to my cake mix and the cake was still moist. This was a huge hit for family dinner. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Can i use two boxes of cake mix for a higher cake, and still two boxes of pudding?

Anonymous said...

I feel like there's something missing from the directions. Two packages of pudding mix plus 4 cups of milk makes a very thin mixture. I stirred it, let it sit, stirred it some more, let it sit... It never thickened up. I thought "What the heck" and poured it in. It was like water and just went to the bottom of the pan (nothing like the picture). I refrigerated it for a while and added the whipped topping and cookies. When we ate it, it was almost like a rum cake, wet on the bottom. I had a friend tell me that the peppermint poke cake she made did the same thing. What are we missing?

Linda Horton said...

My daughter made this yesterday to take to our friends' house for dinner. It was absolutely delicious!!

The Country Cook said...

Anonymous-Are you sure you used instant pudding? It sounds to me like you used the cook & serve not instant. You are just making the pudding to the instant package directions which is 2 cups cold milk per packet. I hope that helps! -Brandie :)

Betty819 said...

Where can you buy the instant banana pudding mix? I made the coconut cream poke cake and oh, was it delicious! Melted right in your mouth; you couldn't just eat one piece of that cake..everybody asked for seconds. It was so light and yummy!

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so much to y'all for taking the time to leave me a comment. I am so happy this has been such a good recipe for everyone. Betty - that is so great! I'm so happy the coconut cream poke cake was a success. I believe the Jell-O brand instant pudding is actually called Banana Cream. I can find it at my local Wal-Mart as well as Kroger. Hope that helps! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

This is "anonymous from March 2nd" :-). I did you jello instant banana cream pudding. Your recipe says the boxes are 3.4 oz, but they only came in 3 oz, so I only used 3 cups of milk. It was still wayyyy to watery on the bottom. No one else is complaining, so I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. The flavor is awesome, and I'm not a huge banana fan, so I'm determined to figure out what I did wrong! Thanks everyone!

Anonymous said...

I made this for my dad's birthday on Saturday and it was delicious!! Making the Boston Cream this weekend. YUM!!!-Marcy Wiggins, Howe, Tx.

Ashley Towns said...

I made this Friday night and let it sit over night in the fridge (without adding the wafers or the cool whip) and it was simply AMAZING the next day! I added the whip in the morning,and just crumbled wafers and added them to the pieces I served. I went strictly by this recipe and had no issues whatsoever!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What size pan should be used? I used a 9X9 because the pan in the photo looked square, but it took too long for the cake to bake and then I had way too much pudding.

The Country Cook said...

Hi Anonymous, the recipe says to use a 9x13 pan. The picture may be deceiving but it is a 9x13 baking dish just like it says in the recipe. Hope that helps! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

I would like to challenge Heather to a banana pudding eating contest to prove once and for all who is the biggest fan. Can u make about 20 of these for the event? ;-)

Manda Kirka said...

How would it taste if I added cut up pieces of strawberries and bananas on top of the cake?

Anonymous said...

i enjoyed looking at your country cook blog i am excited about trying some of your ideals they look really good

Suzanne Kyle said...

I saw this rotating through facebook and HAD to try it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE banana pudding! whenever my mother makes it my dad and I would literally fight over who got the first bite and last bite out of the dish so when I saw this recipe, yesterday, I HAD TO TRY IT! I just started on it today and i'm letting it refridgerate overnight to make sure my whipped topping is thawed out. omg i can't wait to try it in the morning, my mouth is watering!!

this got me to thinking, I made a cocacola cake on christmas, my sister said I didn't make enough icing.. Poke cocacola cake? and double the icing recipe to make sure there's enough? I think i just might try it!!

Suzanne Kyle said...

I made this last night and ate it for breakfast after letting it chill overnight. OMG it's heaven!!

Anonymous said...

Shared this with my banana-pudding-loving husband and promised to make it for his 40th birthday in May. We will be celebrating that after 3 years and 75 pounds lost, that he will hit 40 in the best shape of his life. I think a special yummy treat is well deserved! Thanks for the recipe!

Lakeyia aka College girl said...

Oh my Jesus! This looks like a piece of heaven! I should make one for my coworkers to take back after spring break! Now can I layer this cake to two layers?

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Love hearing that Suzanne! Thank you for letting me know!

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Wow! That is absolutely awesome! Congratulations and well-earned!! Hope he loves this!

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Hope they love it! Might be a bit too heavy for two layers...

Anonymous said...

Brandie:
Making this for dessert today! Along with the Ten Can Soup recipe I just sent to you. Hope you will try some of my old time favorites. Have a super Sunday. So glad I found your blog! Ruth Ann

Anonymous said...

Another idea...use yellow cake mix, with vanilla pudding, cool whip, and crushed vanilla oreos ontop!! Yum

Anonymous said...

these recipes are just too much !!!! want to make them all!!! TY so much! xx

Alison said...

I made this last night... The store only had one box of the bigger size of instant banana cream, so i bought a french vanilla to mix with it and just poured the extra into ramekins to eat separately. I forgot to buy Nilla wafers, but I did buy this new cereal: Peanut Butter Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Put that top, it was amazing!

Anonymous said...

I just made this and one with cheesecakes pudding and fresh strawberries and gram crackers

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the receipes. I love to bake!

Ellen Apple said...

This is copied verbatim on the Facebook page The Recipe Graveyard. No attribution. Thought you would like to know.

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Thank you Ellen! Unfortunately that has been a BIG problem on facebook lately. I appreciate you letting me know!

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

What do you think about using French Vanilla cake instead of yellow? Also, what about adding sliced bananas on top of the cake, before you pour the pudding...wouldn't that seal out the air and keep them from turning? Hoping to hear back from everyone as I am making this tonight for Easter lunch tomorrow!! Just debating the whole banana situation :)

Rochelle Boyd said...

I made this cake today and my 5 yr old daughter helped by crushing up the wafers for me and she put them on top.. I made it for tomorrow (Easter) but i had to try a little piece to see how it came out... It is really yummy thanks will be making this over and over... my kids love it too... Thanks for great and easy recipes.

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Yes, you could certainly use French Vanilla. Whatever you like. Unfortunately, the bananas may still brown. It all depends on how soon you eat this after making. Personally, I think this cake is best when you let it hang out in the fridge overnight.

Sannimaria said...

Thank you so much!!!!! I saw this on facebook, and whenI read it I posted, "I'm making that for Easter"! So, the night before Easter I made this divine dessert and my husband couldn't help but have a little bit. We winded up eating that entire pan! I am making another one right now for guest tomorrow for Easter. I didn't have more banans pudding for the second one, so I'll have to use vanilla pudding and puree 2 bananas. I hope this one turns out just as delicious as the first! Thanks again!

FloydVAGal said...

I made this yesterday. It wasn't what I expected. It was better! It was very light and a real crowd pleaser. I will certainly be making it again. I only found your site recently, but I am going to be a repeat visitor for sure. Thanks for all these great recipes!

FloydVAGal said...

I tried this yesterday and it was a big hit! I only found your site a few days ago, but I plan to visit it frequently. The recipes are simple and sound so delicious. Definitely a fan!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all these tasty and easy cake recipes. I think I will try all of them. All the best!

Stacey said...

So glad I found your site!! I saw someone on facebook post this but couldn't find it but found your site through google and I think I'm in love! :) I made this for Easter Sunday and my husband has made a long standing request for this cake for his birthday for the rest of his life lolol I can't wait to try more of your recipes out. Thank you thank you thank you!! :D

Carol S. said...

This looks awesome! I can't wait to make it this Sunday. I'm going to sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top as well. We love chocolate covered bananas!! LOL :)

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing and banana pudding is my favorite! Plus my roommate is allergic to chocolate so this could be enjoyed by the whole household. Instead of Cool Whip do you have a cream cheese topping you could recommend please? Would super appreciate it! If you don't think that's a good idea,,please let me know.

Maria said...

Another yumm yumm yummy recipe. It got great reviews from my coworkers! Gracias!

Jeanette said...

The brand of pudding on the photo is from the store: Walmart. Other posts here say they have used the banana cream flavor or vanilla flavor and has worked fine. Hope this helps

Jeanette said...

I have a "heavenly" sweet tooth :-) however, I am on weight watchers so I was thinking...can I substitute some of the ingredients for light ,sugar free or fat free? Will it make a difference or mess it up? Has anyone tried to make it like this? Thanks

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Anonymous said...

This banana pudding recipe has been in my family for generations. Its delicious and super simple to make.

You will need bananas approximately 4-5
1 lg box of vanilla pudding made as box directions state
1 box of vanilla wafers
container of whipped topping

Make pudding and let set while you slice up the bananas. Use a deep pan I like to use my tupperwares cake containers lid, its extra deep.
First layer the entire bottom with vanilla wafers, next take the pudding and add entire container of whipped topping to it and fold together. Layer over vanilla wafers then put sliced bananas on top of the pudding mixture. Add another layer of vanilla wafers and continue layer pudding and banana slices until you run out of pudding. I always finish mine with pudding and top it off a last layer of vanilla wafers. Cover and refrigerate.
Enjoy

hunterslyonesse said...

I was just going to share the same thing Rosanne shared because your recipe AND picture showed up on my feed from a relative who shared it. I already let my relative know it is a lifted photo and recipe.

laurie souza said...

I never knew what a "poke cake" was! My mother made this same kind of cake using a white cake mix and pouring strawberry jello over it. She "iced" it with cool whip and garnished with fresh strawberries and peaches. It, too, gets better after sitting in the fridge for at least over night.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely good

Snoop said...

My mother made this on Easter at the request of my niece. I'm not a big fan of packaged banana pudding, but this was excellent. After looking up the recipe, I was led to your site, and discovered, that this was the exact recipe that she used. I then found all the other wonderful flavors of poke cakes on your site. This inspired me to try my own combination of flavors. My favorite so far is Strawberry Lemonade, with strawberry cake and lemon pudding, with extra lemon juice of course.

oldandgrumpy said...

I like experimenting with these "poke" cakes. They are a good way to offer variety in desert without a lot of work. A suggestion I might make would be to substitute milk for the water and melted butter for the oil in the cake mix. This makes a very rich and moist cake. Also, mixing another box of pudding with 1/2 the stated milk and folding in a tub of whipped cream after it has begun to set will carry the flavor theme to the top.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious! Unfortunately, I have just found out that Soy Milk does not thicken Jello instant pudding. It works perfectly for regular cooked Jello pudding mix. I went ahead and poured the mixture over the cake, which will definitely be moist!

Anonymous said...

I made this last night with my three year old. It was simple enough for us to do together and turned out amazing! I even took a plate of it so my parents this morning after refrigerating overnight and they said it was amazing as well! This is my new go to recipe! There is none left!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great idea!!! I tried it today and while it was good I think that the pudding didn't REALLY get into the cake. I think the next time I make this I might add a bit more milk so it is just a bit more liquidy......wait is liquidy a word??? Well you know what I mean! ;) thanks for the nummy treat!

Anonymous said...

Try unsweetened almond milk. It's the best of the nut-milks when it comes to baking!

Chef Stinson Family said...

I just made this recipe for my family tonight. DELISH!!! We all loved it. Can't wait to enjoy more tomorrow. Your website is awesome! I am definitely incorporating some of your recipes into our monthly menu. Thank you so much!! :)

mkkiki2 said...

Oh my behalf how ever small it may be. Your blog and recipes are one of the best around and recipes even for a beginner cook such as myself is easy to follow and i am greatful you share them. So thank you

Anonymous said...

I just made this and almost slapped my momma!!! It was that doggone good!!

Michele said...

Have to say - this was made last night for work today. AMAZING! Everyone loved it. I'm in the low desert in CA and it gets HOT, so this is a refreshing cake, just like the pina colada cake (which as also a hit!)

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I cannot wait to try this! This looks like something my Dad would love, probably going to make this for father's day.

Sharon DelCastillo said...

I Love this recipe idea! My husband loves banana pudding but I can't stand it, something about mushy brown bananas & soggy cookies just turns my stomach! But this recipe will be a perfect mix for us because I love cake & whip cream! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe, I made it last night & its currently sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be dessert tonight!! Can't Wait!!

Anonymous said...

Try fat free pudding. It needs the casim (sp?) to work. I used to use a whey product and it never worked but it did work with fat free

Anonymous said...

you use cool whip not cream chesse

Anonymous said...

People go back and read the recipie AGAIN ,,, nothing said about CREAM CHEESE.. it does call for COOL WHIP .

Nicole at NicolinaPicolina said...

Thanks for the recipe. It is in my frig setting up for tomorrow's fathers day BBQ. I don't think I can wait though, I will have try a piece tonight ;)

nathali0111 said...

How long should I leave it in the fridge before adding the cool whip?

Anonymous said...

I tried making this 2 hours before I left the house. Silly me didn't realize cool whip has to thaw for 5 hours! Against all warnings, I stirred the cool whip to make it smooth and immediately put it on the cake. I also did 2 9in round pans because I needed desserts for two different places today. It kind of mixed with the pudding, so I'm hoping it will settle in the fridge before we eat it. It looks not so great, but its the taste that counts, right?

Missykay1980 said...

Making this for fathers day! There is also a butterfinger poke cake! mmmm

Missykay1980 said...

I am adding Sweet milk to my pudding mix, guna be sooo yummi

Anonymous said...

im going to try this cake and see how my co-workers like it. Thanks for this recipe :)

Nicki W. said...

Followed the recipe the cake wasn't perfect but, it tasted GREaTTT!!! My family loved it. Great recipe, very easy.

Anonymous said...

I'm in the process of making this cake right now. I love the idea of it, but I'm changing a few things! I love the real bananas, so to make it like taste like the banana pudding I'm used to I'm using yellow cake, vanilla pudding, a layer of sliced bananas and then the cool whip layer and then the vanilla wafer layer. Thank you so much for the idea! I really hope this turns out as well as it looks.

Anonymous said...

I just baked this yesterday for dessert and it is so easy and so good. My husband isn't much of a cake person but he had two plates of this one!

Anonymous said...

I came across this recipe and knew I had to make it for the 4th of July party I go to. So I will let you know how it comes out and the response I recieve. Looks so tasty!

ScrapQueen said...

Can't wait to try my version! I just used Key Lime cake mix, vanilla pudding and the cool whip and wafer topping. I'm having a hard time waiting for it to cool, lol! Thanks for the recipe! :)

okearly said...

Do you think it could be made in two square pans and frozen? Sweet Tooth but there are only two of us.

Kellynn Romito said...

* I could give your friend Heather a good fight for the title of "number one banana pudding (anything banana) lover"......just saying!

Anonymous said...

Made this for our church homecoming. Banana pudding has always been my favorite desert...not anymore...get out of my fridge banana pudding, here comes banana pudding poke cake. This will definitely go to all church & family gatherings with my from this day forward. Taste better the longer the left overs last...Time is a friend to this desert...

Sid's Woman said...

I made this last night to follow the act that is the Meatball Sub Casserole. The casserole was so great, we ate too much of it so I haven't actually tasted the cake yet. Don't worry... I'll be tearing into it in just a few minutes. (All of this stuff is extremely detrimental to my quest of getting into my wedding dress, by the way! But everything is just so doggone GOOD!)

Now, I made a couple of changes, & I hope that it still turned out ok. I love banana pudding just as much as the next Alabama girl, but I absolutely DETEST banana-flavored stuff (love bananas, but hate banana-flavored stuff -- it never tastes like banana to me -- go figure). I used vanilla pudding instead, & I actually poured it into each hole before covering the entire cake. After the pudding was set, I put a layer of vanilla wafers, & then a layer of bananas on top of that, & then covered w/the Cool Whip. We'll see pretty soon if it's still yummy, & I'll post a reply later.

Sid's Woman said...

Yummy is sooooo NOT the word for how this turned out... I don't think the right word exists for it. It was totally scrumptious!!! And it really tasted like banana pudding! So, when I cut the first piece, it completely fell apart when I tried to lift it out of the pan. It didn't matter. The second piece came out just fine. My hubby-to-be was a little skeptical about it at first, but I let him taste some of that crumbled up piece & he loved it. I cut him a piece (completely intact), & when he got it he smashed it up before eating it! WONDERFUL recipe!!!

Katie Martinez said...

This was so yummy! My family is from the dad's side of the family is from the south and we all grew up on Banana pudding. I made this for a family dinner and it was a huge hit! The only think I did wrong was I let the pudding set a little too long so it didn't get all the way down the cake (toddler distracted me), but it was still sooooo good!

Anonymous said...

There is a poke cake like this in an old recipe book that my grandmother gave me years back, submitted by one of the ladies. She called it a Quilt Cake. German chocolate cake mix as directed. In the holes, pour one jar of caramel ice cream topping and one can of sweetened condensed milk. Good thing is, you can pour right into holes.After chilled, top with cool whip then shaved chocolate. You could use other ice cream toppings. We tried it once with butterscotch. I am looking forward to trying this banana pudding recipe!

sweetsteph02 said...

This was very good. I made this cake Friday and there's only about three slices left. And nobody has eaten with the banana slices.. Will definitely make again.... Thanks!

sandra Lamb said...

I love this cake!
I follow the directions EXCEPT I don't put the whipped cream on it until I'm ready to serve it. I don't like 'runny' whipped cream. (Of course the first time I made this it didn't last long enough to get runny!

I'm thinking about trying stabilized whipped cream on the one I'm going to make today and see how that works out for me.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like it would be great with Lemon Pudding and lemon sugar cookies as the crunch topping. You know those ones that are sold near the vanilla wafers with the frosting on them.

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Anonymous said...

I accidentally bought cook n' serve instead of instant... Can I use it or no?

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